After decades of working with gouache, Blair turns to oil paint for his most recent series of hyperrealist street scenes, tablescapes and windows
Working from his own photographs of subjects such as cigarette packets, blossoming flowers, snacks, liquor glasses and coffee cups, doors and desolate, nighttime scenes, New York–based artist Dike Blair (born 1952) creates intimate, diaristic tableaux paintings. His depictions of food evoke the soft palette and bird's-eye perspective of Wayne Thiebaud, while his window views and landscapes combine the modernism of Edward Hopper with the photorealistic eye of William Eggleston. After using gouache for decades, Blair began working in oil in 2017; the resulting noirish scenes retain the artist’s signature style, but imbue his works with a particular novel luster. This expansive monograph presents Blair’s paintings in oil to date. Illustrated with hundreds of recent works, the book features a reprint of a formative 2018 essay on the artist by Helen Molesworth, as well as new scholarship by Jim Lewis and Christine Robinson.