Beauty And The Beast - Unframed Print - THOMAS BLACKSHEAR II, the son of an Air Force captain, was born in Waco, Texas, and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. "Drawing was all I ever liked to do," he says. "While all the other guys were playing baseball or basketball, I was in my house, drawing." He pursued an interest in art throughout high school, securing a scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago. After a year there, he transferred to the nearby Academy of Art. While finishing his college education, he was recruited by Hallmark Cards and later became the apprentice of illustrator Mark English.

Blackshear settled in Kansas City, where he became head illustrator at the prestigious Godbold/Richter Studio. A year later, he began a prosperous freelance career, illustrating many advertisements, several U.S. Postal Service stamp collections—one called "Black Heritage," another on classic movies, and a third on jazz musicians—and several series of Hamilton Group collector s plates featuring scenes from Star Wars, Star Trek,... MORE
Beauty And The Beast - Unframed Print
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Beauty And The Beast - Unframed Print by Thomas Blackshear
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Limited Edition 
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Limited Edition #320 of 1000
Dimension:
31 x 23.625
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Beauty And The Beast - Unframed Print by Thomas Blackshear Image is watermarked for copyright protection and is not present on the actual art work.

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Thomas Blackshear's vision of this timeless classic combines his supreme artistry with the art of storytelling. "I've always been interested in turn-of-the-century art that combines dreamlike quality with strong design," Blackshear says. "Influenced by Gustav Klimt and Maxfield Parrish, I've always wanted to capture their romantic, symbolic quality." The butterflies on either side of the lovers represent the beast's metamorphosis, and Blackshear's delicate attention to detail gives the piece a special radiance, the background suggesting Klimt's elegant style. "My version of this classic story about a beauty and a beast shows the union of two very different people who share one thing - love," Blackshear says.

Beauty And The Beast - Unframed Print, by Thomas Blackshear is a Limited Edition production by the Artist. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity which affirms that this is an authentic Limited Edition production from Thomas Blackshear

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