Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Hank Blaustein, a native and lifelong Brooklynite, born in 1937 in Crown Heights, has been drawing the world around him since he could hold a pencil. His work illustrates the people, places and things that he finds captivating; his goal is to capture their essence and personality on paper. He is, in effect, an artist-journalist who records his observations in spontaneously rendered ink, pencil and watercolor. His style is classic, immediate, straightforward and honest — without judgment.
Beginning July 8, Blue Mountain Gallery will present “Drawn to Life: A Sketchbook Diary,” an exhibition of Blaustein’s work that will remain on view until July 26. The show will feature drawings that constitute a visual diary of Blaustein’s life experiences: people and places at home and abroad.
Blaustein has won awards in group shows, among them the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, and has been on display in the Brooklyn Museum Community Gallery. He has had several one-man shows in the States, including the Gallery at Lincoln Center and A.M. Adler, in New York, and Morgan State University in Baltimore. A frequent visitor to Italy, he has shown in Urbino and Ferrara. In 2008 he was featured in Vienna in conjunction with the twinning of Brooklyn with the Viennese district of Leopoldstadt.
Hank Blaustein’s mastery of line has made him a sought after choice for editorial and book illustration. Over the last four decades his work has appeared in financial journals such as Grant’s Interest Rate Observer and Barron’s, as well as the New York Times, the Village Voice, Newsday, the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, and the New Yorker. His drawings have graced books on subjects as varied as psychoanalysis, fishing, and children’s literature. Whether it is a cartoon, an editorial illustration, a drawing, or a sketch Blaustein’s uniqueness lies in his ability to make his subjects come alive on paper.
An opening reception will take place Thursday, July 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. Blue Mountain Gallery is located at 530 West 25th St., 4th Floor, in Manhattan.