Ebony Visions The Guardian 10-Year Commemorative Issue
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In 2005, we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Thomas Blackshear's Ebony Visions collection. This resized version of the original 14" tall sculpture of The Guardian released in 1996, was created to pay tribute to this remarkable collection.radiating the power of God's love and protection, The Guardian 10-Year Commemorative Issue typifies Blackshear's ability to capture timeless human relationships with one another and with God. The Guardian has been the most popular Ebony Visions design created, selling 26,100 pieces in its original 14 " tall edition. The 10-Year Commemorative Issue was re-sculpted to 10 1/8" tall, creating a wonderful gift-giving figurine. This item wil only be available from Authorized Ebony Visions Dealers like The Collection Shop and will not be available from any Military Base Exchange.
Reflecting Thomas Blackshear's own belief in God and his faith that God's love provides for all human needs, The Guardian depicts two young children as they bravely face the unknown world that lies before them. Filled with optimism and confidence founded in their deep and abiding faith, they take their first steps toward a promising but unforeseeable future. Their spiritual guardian angel compassionately enfolds the vulnerable children in his strong wings, always present, forever surrounding them with love and protection as they travel on their lifelong journeys.
The Guardian 10-Year Commemorative Issue, Retired December 2005 with a final production quantity of 5,456 pieces.
"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.