Southern Gothic – a body of work by nationally recognized print maker Andrew Blanchard
Southern Gothic, the term, is partly defined as the exploration of socially induced issues and the act of revealing the cultural character of the American South. With his current body of print-works on mounted wood panel, Blanchard has been reinterpreting various places on the periphery of many Southern towns and rural America that are, for lack of a better phrase, on the fringe of society.
Blanchard was born in the wild swamps of Louisiana, and raised in Waveland, a small beach community on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Like most boys who grew up near a beach, he fished and swam until the ring of the dinner bell. Blanchard earned a BA degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2000 and in 2004 an MFA degree from the University of Mississippi.
Blanchard’s prints have been collected throughout the United States, as well as in Hawaii, France, Bulgaria, South Korea and the United Kingdom. His mixed-process prints on wood and paper have been included in more than 100 national and international juried printmaking exhibitions. Recently, several of his prints were included in Schiffer Publishing’s “Printmakers Today,” the 2011 Southern Edition of New American Paintings magazine and the Oxford American magazine, which named him one of the “New Superstars of Southern Art.” His work will be featured in the International Painting Annual No.4, published by Manifest Creative Research Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Blanchard is currently the director of studio art and an associate professor of printmaking and photography at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.