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Art & Design Study Collection
On display: Third floor
R. Geoffrey Blackburn started his “Red Rock Period” in 1974 when he realized that he was entranced by the beautiful scenery he encountered living and working in canyon country in the state of Utah. Blackburn is mostly a self-taught artist, but did study at the University of Utah.
Student composed text panel:
R. Geoffrey Blackburn (American 1947)
Red Canyons, 1980
UND Art Collections: Art and Design Study Collection
Gift of Roland Mower
Red Canyons is a result of a failed business venture that inspired Blackburn to escape in his artwork. The piece focuses on the landscape of a canyon with varieties of orange and red colors that contrast with the beautiful light blue coloring in the sky. The landscape is complete with the dark green shrubbery that can be seen in the bottom right corner of the painting. The canyons start to fade out in the back of the painting, where it starts to blend in with the color of the sky. These details help complete the landscape, adding to its realism. The large scale of this piece gives the viewer the feeling of standing at the edge of the canyon, looking over the land with a feeling of being on top of the world.
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