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F Ric Blum

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20121221100348-pump_a_dump_1_2012_h7
PUMP-A-DUMP , 2012 Over-baked Polymer Clay H7.5 X W7.0 X D4.25 Inches © copyright all rights reserved 2012 F Ric Blum
20121221100722-dandelion_b
DANDELION , 2012 Over-baked Polymer Clay H9.0 X W9.75 X D5.25 Inches © copyright all rights reserved 2012 F Ric Blum
20121221101104-gateway_1_2012_h_8
GATEWAY , 2012 Over-baked Polymer Clay H8.0 X W9.0 X D6.5 Inches © copyright all rights reserved 2012 F Ric Blum
20121221101417-head_of_a_dumb_blonde_a_11feb12_h9
HEAD OF A WOMAN , 2012 Over-baked Polymer Clay H9.25 X W7.5 X D5.0 Inches © copyright all rights reserved 2012 F Ric Blum
20121221101755-homage_to_salieri_6
HOMAGE TO SALIERI , 2010 Foamcore, Glue, Gesso, Oil Paint H16.0 X W14.0 X D10.0 Inches © copyright all rights reserved 2010 F Ric Blum
20121221102100-frightened_little_weenies_2012_11_x_14_in_charcoal
FRIGHTENED LITTLE WEENIES , 2012 Charcoal on Paper 11 X 14 Inches © copyright all rights reserved 2012 F Ric Blum
20121221102542-chrcl_ptg_7_precisely_the_point_17dec11_14x17inc_bristol_vellum
PRECISELY THE POINT , 2011 Charcoal on Paper 14 X 17 Inches © copyright all rights reserved 2011 F Ric Blum
20121221102801-chrcl_ptg_5_9dec11_14x17inch_bristol_vellum
untitled, 2011 Charcoal on Paper 14 X 17 Inches © copyright all rights reserved 2011 F Ric Blum
20121221103111-fuck_yourself_d_3jan2012_14x17inch_chrcl
untitled, 2012 Charcoal on Paper 11 X 14 Inches © copyright all rights reserved 2012 F Ric Blum
20121221103435-no_such_thing_b_26may11_11_x_14_inches_pencil
NO SUCH THING , 2011 Pencil on Paper 11 X 14 Inches © copyright all rights reserved 2011 F Ric Blum
20121221103644-champion_b_8jul11_11x14in_pencil
CHAMPION , 2011 Pencil on Paper 11 X 14 Inches © copyright all rights reserved 2011 F Ric Blum
20121221104035-creature_feature_b_11_x_14_pencil
CREATURE FEATURE , 2011 Pencil on Paper 11 X 14 Inches © copyright all rights reserved 2011 F Ric Blum
20121221104332-would_you_like_some_buttered_toast
WOULD YOU LIKE SOME BUTTERED TOAST WITH YOUR EGGS, HONEY ? , 2012 Pencil on Paper 11 X 14 Inches © copyright all rights reserved 2012 F Ric Blum
20121221104709-intragalactic_low_level_flying_c_19jun11_11x14inches_pencil_
INTRAGALACTIC LOW LEVEL RADIOTRONIC FLYING MANIFESTATIONS , 2011 Pencil on Paper 11 X 14 Inches © copyright all rights reserved 2011 F Ric Blum
20121221105026-kornhoolio_7may12_pencil_8
KORNHOOLIO , 2012 Pencil on Paper 8.5 X 5.5 Inches © copyright all rights reserved 2012 F Ric Blum
20121221105243-occluded_internal_carotid_artery_2012_11_x_14inch_charcoal_600pix
OCCLUDED INTERNAL CAROTID ARTERY , 2012 Charcoal on Paper 11 X 14 Inches © copyright all rights reserved 2012 F Ric Blum
20121223003616-xelmo_gateway_4_2012
XELMO GATEWAY TO UNDERSTANDING, 2012 Over-baked Polymer Clay With Oil Paint Patina H 10.0 X W 11.75 X D 7.75 Inches © copyright all rights reserved 2012 F Ric Blum
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Birth year
1952
Lives in
a house
Works in
a studio
Schools
Columbia University, 1978, -
Parsons School of Design
Representing galleries
none
Tags
mixed-media, realism, traditional, abstract, sculpture
F RIC BLUM - ARTIST STATEMENT(S)

F RIC BLUM

ARTIST STATEMENT

“ I am fully aware that a painter’s best spokesman is his work. “ 

With that as his opening statement, Henri Matisse wrote “ Notes of a Painter “ in 1908.

It stands for the work we do in both arts of painting and sculpture,  and is no less true now than when he wrote it more than 100 years ago.

I do not believe in using artist resume’s or bios. I do not believe in using exhibition  or commission histories either for the same reasons.  Artist resumes, bios, exhibitions, or commissions do nothing to support the quality of the painter’s or sculptor’s work; hence, the best spokesman still remains the work itself.

Anybody with a good business sense and outgoing  personality can make a decent resume or bio with a good looking exhibitions or commissions history, but that does not make a good or even decent artist. All too often persons with little to no ability at all, and yet call themselves artists anyway,  use such devices as a cover to hide obvious lack of work quality with fabricated flashy credentials.

Neither do I  believe in paying fees to enter shows, group projects, or contests .  If by the will of Allah or Hashem it be granted that my work be sold then that is enough to take care of my end of the bargain, as it is supposed be. As  with artist resumes and bios, so called juried shows do nothing to support any of the work picked for promotion of the gallery or other kind of exhibition space within which it is shown. 

It is actually the responsibility of the art community, with all due respect, to show and expose the work of any artist deemed to be of sufficient quality, as it is their business to do so.

In terms of experience, historically it has been shown that artists having had formal training have almost always made the best work proven to stand up to the test of time. As such, it is sufficient enough only to point out where an artist’s formal education took place, nothing more, and even that much is not absolutely necessary because having a formal education or training period does not necessarily speak for the work either. There are many great artists having had no formal training at all such as Henri Rousseau was without, for example.

Professionally, I attended Parsons School of Design. I was awarded a Master of Fine Arts in 1979, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1977. I also attended one year at Columbia University while a MFA candidate. These credentials alone would not afford to me any great stature with my work, but alone should and do indicate to an intelligent human being that I have attained at least a sufficient knowledge base with my own work that is respected by the world at large, and inherent within that is a learned ability that enables me to see through the transparency of ignorance about art by the same world at large. 

I have been working alone ever since, and intend to keep it that way, but working alone does not mean the same thing as being alone, and it does not mean that I do not want to show or sell my work either. 

True artists with the ability to see through the transparency of ignorance completely understand that, even if anybody else does not.  

Even though there may be many elucidated or educated people  who agree with these statements, notwithstanding,  and those who naturally in ignorant bliss would disagree and might think of me as  being somewhat off center, I must say that quite honestly, I most certainly do not give a damn about any kind of thoughtless opinion either.

Contact me directly  for further information about my work.

Respectfully Yours,

F Ric Blum

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