b. 1952, United States

Dike Blair Artworks

Photorealism

Dike Blair often works with oil and gouache to craft his photorealistic paintings. Drawn from his own photographs, Blair's artworks point towards his attention to the ordinary and mundane with a voice that is both romantic and ironic. Frequently leaving his works untitled, Blair has painted deadpan and vacant still lifes of cocktails, ashtrays, cups of coffee, and magazines.

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The settings of these still lifes are normally transitory environments, such as motels, restaurants, lounges, and lobbies. Often featuring solitary objects, Blair's work implies a sense of loneliness and melancholy akin to the work of Edward Hopper.

In these works, Blair plays with light and depth. Many of his scenes are either lit by an artificial flash or through sunlight from a window. Aside from table settings and everyday objects and beverages, Blair has also painted detailed depictions of doors, edges of frames, windowsills, and reflective surfaces, pointing towards the effect of light on these facades and borders.

While simple and understated, the minute details in his paintings such as carpet patterns, table marbling, and brands tell the story of the American vernacular and common lived experiences.

Sculpture

Parallel to his photorealistic painting practice, Blair has also constructed sculptures by manipulating carpet, crates, and wires. These sculptures often house the paintings he has created, which he arranges along with his installation very deliberately. Blair's sculptural work is often compared to ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement that puts emphasis on harmony in simplicity.

(IN) in (2008) features a lit Noguchi lamp facing a standing crate with a painting of eyes on its reverse. These works of his evoke an attention to light, storage, and human intervention.

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Untitled by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting
Dike Blair Untitled, 2020 Oil on aluminium
40.6 x 30.5 cm
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Untitled by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting
Dike Blair Untitled, 2021 Oil on aluminium
61 x 45.7 cm
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Untitled by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting
Dike Blair Untitled, 2023 Oil on aluminium
50.8 x 38.1 cm
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Untitled by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting
Dike Blair Untitled, 2023 Oil on aluminum
26.67 x 35.56 cm
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Untitled by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting
Dike Blair Untitled, 2023 Oil on aluminium
40.64 x 30.48 cm
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Untitled by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting
Dike Blair Untitled, 2023 Oil on aluminium
40.64 x 30.48 cm
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Untitled by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting
Dike Blair Untitled, 2021 Oil on aluminium
19.1 x 25.4 cm
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Untitled by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting
Dike Blair Untitled, 2023 Oil on aluminium
40.64 x 30.48 cm
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Untitled by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting
Dike Blair Untitled, 2020 Oil on aluminium
38.1 x 50.8 cm
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Untitled by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Dike Blair Untitled, 2022 Oil on aluminum panel
35.56 x 26.67 cm
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Untitled (Gloucester) by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Dike Blair Untitled (Gloucester), 2021 Gouache and pencil on paper
61 x 46.1 cm
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Untitled (Gloucester) by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Dike Blair Untitled (Gloucester), 2021 Gouache and pencil on paper
46.1 x 61.3 cm
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Untitled (Gloucester) by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Dike Blair Untitled (Gloucester), 2022 Gouache and pencil on paper
71.1 x 53.3 cm
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Untitled (Gloucester) by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Dike Blair Untitled (Gloucester), 2021 Gouache and pencil on paper
61 x 45.7 cm
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Untitled (Gloucester) by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Dike Blair Untitled (Gloucester), 2021 Gouache and pencil on paper
40.6 x 30.5 cm
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Untitled (Gloucester) by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Dike Blair Untitled (Gloucester), 2021 Gouache and pencil on paper
71.1 x 53.3 cm
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Untitled (Gloucester) by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Dike Blair Untitled (Gloucester), 2022 Gouache and pencil on paper
61 x 45.7 cm
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Untitled by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Dike Blair Untitled, 2020 Gouache and pencil on paper
20 x 15 inches
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Untitled by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Dike Blair Untitled, 2020 Oil on aluminium
7.5 x 10 inches
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Untitled by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Dike Blair Untitled, 2020 Oil on aluminium
20 x 15 inches
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Untitled by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Dike Blair Untitled, 2020 Gouache and pencil on paper
15 x 20 inches
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Untitled by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting
Dike Blair Untitled, 2019 Oil on aluminium panel
38.1 x 50.8 cm
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Untitled by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting
Dike Blair Untitled, 2019 Oil on aluminium panel
30.5 x 22.9 cm
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Untitled by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting
Dike Blair Untitled, 2019 Oil on aluminium panel
25.4 x 19.1 cm
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Untitled by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting
Dike Blair Untitled, 2019 Oil on aluminium panel
30.5 x 22.9 cm
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Untitled by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting
Dike Blair Untitled, 2019 Oil on aluminium panel
45.7 x 61 cm
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Untitled by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting
Dike Blair Untitled, 2019 Oil on aluminium panel
61 x 45.7 cm
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Untitled by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting
Dike Blair Untitled, 2019 Oil on aluminium panel
61 x 45.7 cm
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Untitled by Dike Blair contemporary artwork painting
Dike Blair Untitled, 2019 Oil on aluminium panel
35.6 x 25.4 cm
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