Ebony Visions The Shepherds
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The Shepherds - Final Nativity design in a five-year series.
Thomas Blackshear created The Nativity exclusively for The Blackshear Circle collector club. Since 1997, the club has introduced emotionally impactful sculptures, but none more powerful than the five-year Nativity series. Shedding a new perspective on this biblical scene, Thomas Blackshear captures the reverence and tender emotion of this spiritual event. Released in the fall of 2007, the series concludes in December 2012.
The fifth and final release in The Nativity collection, The Shepherds gaze in awe and wonderment at the Christ child. Their humble presence along side kings and the heavenly angel foretells the significance of the baby's birth for mankind on earth. As stated in Luke 2:10, "The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people."
"I always knew I wanted to create Ebony Visions'. As an artist who happens to be black, I had distinct ideas about what I would like to see in the line." The elegant compeling figurines he created for the collection are a blen of both Art Nouveau and African culture, which Thomas calls "Afro-Nouveau." - Thomas Blackshear .Thomas Blackshear introduced Ebony Visions in April 1995 with the release of the first six Ebony Visions designs, The Storyteller, The Protector, The Nurturer, Siblings, Madonna and Tender Touch. Since then, Thomas Blackshear has created many new designs to add to the Ebony Visions collection. Thomas Blackshear's Ebony Visions collection is a master work of romantic symbolism. As with his paintings, these sculptures demonstrate Thomas Blackshear's incredible sense of design, unique eclectic style, and extraordinary mastery of color. Elegant drapery and delicate detail tantalize the eye while revealing each sculpted form. Thomas Blackshear's Ebony Visions depicts a full range of emotions that are both powerful and at the same time subtle. He deliberately portrays his Ebony Visions figures in a timeless setting in order to transcend a specific time, place, or culture. This unique collection of limited edition figurines emphasizes the beauty of the human form and symbolizes universal aspirations and ideals of humankind depicted through images that reflect the unique characteristics of the African American culture. For centuries classical beauty has been portrayed predominantly by white artisans who represent white subjects in their art. In this romantic and subtle tour de force, Thomas Blackshear creates a new vision of beauty and human emotion, an Ebony Vision.