Apr 25th, 2021

Snacks & Superheroes: The Photorealistic Paintings of Doug Bloodworth

 

Michael Murphy Gallery is excited to present “Snacks & Superheroes: The Photorealistic Paintings of Doug Bloodworth.” The photorealistic artwork of Doug Bloodworth features iconic items and images that remind us all how great the stuff in our lives really was and really is while reflecting Doug’s journey from premier billboard artist (prior to the digital age, when billboards were actually painted) to fine artist with work at premier galleries all over the globe, from Paris to London and Düsseldorf to Dortmund.

 

 

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EXHIBIT RUNS

 

Wednesday, April 21 – Friday, May 7

 

MEET THE ARTIST

 

Saturday, April 24 from 12-3 pm or 6-9 pm

 

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All artwork is on exhibition & available for acquisition. The events are open & complimentary to the public. RSVP’s are highly encouraged. Please RSVP here.

 

Light refreshments and an open bar will be available. We follow CDC guidelines.

 

Gallery curators will be available for private appointments to discuss the works and private commissions prior to the opening. Please contact the gallery at 813.902.1414 or gallery@mmgart.com for availability.

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

 

Doug Bloodworth’s artistic perspective is influenced by a childhood affection for American western classics and the quintessential youth of the American dream. A combination of Pop Art, photography and textural paint strokes, his work was born from inspirations that began when he was a boy, and have grown into the refined craft of Photorealism.

 

In 1974 Doug earned a degree in Commercial Arts, and went on during the early stages of his career to work in several genres of the art world, a journey from painting caricatures to creating the world’s most recognizable billboards.

 

NEW YORK OBSERVER CALLED DOUG BLOODWORTH
“ONE OF THE PREMIER PHOTOREALISTS OF OUR GENERATION”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM BILLBOARDS TO THEME PARKS TO FINE ART

 

Doug’s pursuits steered him towards the mastery of fine art techniques and a working mentorship with Marv Gunderson, the exclusive artist for the Marlboro brand. Painting iconic works on billboards across the country was an early career highlight… and he stills draws inspiration from his major boards in airports, stadiums and event venues in the United States.

 

The influence of paper printed comics from eras past is still tangible in Bloodworth’s photorealism. Combined with decades of artistic technique and the personal connection offered by his custom works, Doug’s collectability has jettisoned… his works are collected by Lil Wayne… baseball great Roger Clemens… Saudi princes… and he exhibits all over the country and across the globe. Bloodworth is truly one of the greatest photorealists of our generation, and is recognized in the international art community as one of the premiere photorealist painters of our time.

 

 

 

 

Bloodworth’s work is world-renowned and he is known for his iconic images of Monopoly, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Spiderman/Oreos, Batman Peanut/Butter and Cheetos/Hulk. His work has captured both collectors and the art world alike; his work sits in the Collections of Lil Wayne, the Saudi Royal Family, and he truly is riding a wave of recognition he could never have imagined in his early career as one of the country’s leading billboard artists and illustrators.

 

 

 

 

 

Doug Bloodworth enjoys evoking the viewer’s nostalgic feelings of one’s childhood, be that in comic books, games we played, or our comfort foods.

 

In 1974 Doug earned a degree in Commercial Arts and went on during the early stages of his career to work in several genres of the art world. From painting caricatures to billboards, Doug’s pursuits steered him towards the mastery of fine art techniques and a working mentorship with Marv Gunderson, the exclusive artist for the Marlboro brand. Painting iconic works on billboards all over the country was a highlight early on in his career and he still draws from the inspiration and lessons learned during the tour.

 

Doug has since been commissioned to paint two 30’ x 200’ murals at Tampa’s Tropicana Field, a project which took six months to complete and inspired him to focus solely on painting fine art pieces.

 

The influence of paper printed comics from eras past is still tangible in Doug Bloodworth’s photorealism. Combined with decades of artistic technique and the personal connection offered by his custom works, Doug’s collectability is rapidly growing. He is now recognized in the international art community as one of the premiere photorealist painters of this period.

 

 

Visit Doug Bloodworth’s Artist Page Here