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Rick Blanner

Biography 

Rick Blanner was born in St. Louis, Mo., in 1951. In 1969, he enrolled at Meramec Community College focusing on the core studies of fine art, including photography. Two years later, he transferred to Washington University, School of Fine Art. While his area of concentration was Printmaking under Professor Peter Marcus, he often utilized photographic elements in his work. Eventually becoming interested in he Photo Realism movement at the time, Blanner continued to produce black and white prints to assist him in the printmaking and painting process.

He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington University in 1973. Taking somewhat of a different career path, he applied his talents in the high-quality commercial printing industry as a pressman and project manager. He retired from the industry in 2005 with over 30 years of experience. Mastering these processes as they continually evolved provided a foundation and discipline Blanner applied to his art. In 1996 he enrolled in the Florence Photography Workshop, hosted at the Santa Reparata Graphic Arts Centre in Florence, Italy, in conjunction with Washington University. This experience provided further refinement in the approach and process of his work. Since then, he has worked exclusively in photography with emphasis in digital as well as analog black and white.

Blanner continues to live and create in St. Louis with his wife, Cindy, and their trusty Rottweiler, Max. His other passions include good food, music, motorcycles, and especially fast cars. None of which in any particular order.

Statement 

I emphasize producing several different series of images concurrently. Utilizing this logic lends an order that fosters a forward growth as a relationship tends to develop between the various series, producing a more cohesive body of work. For me, it's all about growing as an artist but realizing there is not a finish line. I strive to present images of objects that may invoke enough curiosity to provide some threshold to another backstory.

To borrow from the artist Stephen Burt: "A good photograph tells you that everything going on is invisible."