fine art

“My goal is to create exquisite art.
I love big, bright, bold, and beautiful."
Victor Blakey
The Artist My goal is to create exquisite art. I love big, bright, bold, and beautiful.
Victor Blakey Artist

I believe if a painting makes me happy, it will make others happy. I am a native Texan, born in Houston and now reside in Dallas. I have a degree in Fine Art and a minor in Art History. Being a teacher, I was able to continue my art education after school and in the summers. Most of my art training has been in portraiture. Those skills were easily transferable to painting almost any subject. To accomplish certain tone and ambiance, I use many techniques employed by the old masters by developing an under painting that sets the stage to achieve the color and light that represents each image. My greatest dream is to paint beautiful art.

I am inspired by the beauty around me; the rolling hills of central Texas; the animals I see grazing on those hillsides; the wild flowers along the highways; and the odd wildlife in the nature parks such as a llama that is wondering how he got to Texas. I pour through countless books, magazines, and the web looking for images that are not common to my area.

Recent Accomplishments & Events

Artist Spotlight, Southwest Art Magazine
Artist Spotlight, Southwest Art Magazine

Victor Victor was chosen as a Spotlight Artist in the May, 2017 edition of Southwest Art Magazine along with his painting, "Precious."

Victor Blakey - Old Red

Victor Blakey, Precious, oil, 30 x 40

ARC 12th International Salon Finalist in Portraiture
ARC 12th International Salon Finalist in Portraiture

Victor was selected as a finalist of the 12th International ARC Salon Competition. This year there were 1,006 finalist works by 640 artists from 63 countries, representing 32% of works submitted.

 Oil Painters of America  26th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils
Oil Painters of America Juried Exhibition

Victor was selected to participate in Oil Painters of America’s Twenty-sixth Annual National Exhibition to be held at Eisele Gallery of Fine Art in Cincinnati, Ohio from May 12 through June 10, 2017.

National Greeley Art Exhibition 2017
National Greeley Art Exhibition 2017

Victor has been invited to show paintings in Northern Colorado’s Premier Art Show. The National Greeley Art Exhibition April 28, 29, 30, 2017. This national juried show is dedicated to funding scholarships to outstanding Weld County Students who desire to pursue careers in the arts.

Artistic Excellence Competition sponsored by Southwest Art Magazine
Southwest Art Magazine

Victor was selected as 1 of 13 finalists chosen in Southwest Art magazine's, Artistic Excellence Art Competition. As a finalist, Victor's work Brahma Bull, "Old Red" was published in the Dec. 2015 issue, Southwest Art magazine Artistic Excellence Portfolio and on the Southwest Art website.

What inspired this painting? "The Old West comes to life twice daily when genuine Texas cowhands drive a herd of Texas longhorns down Exchange Avenue in Fort Worth, TX. That is where I first saw Old Red on a hot July day, with his head hung low and looking hot and tired. I knew I had to capture that iconic face."

Victor Blakey - Old Red

Victor Blakey, Old Red, oil, 24 x 36

See more of Victor's work featured in the following Southwest Art magazine issues:

  • Nationally Emerging Artists, Sep 2015
  • Ones to Collect, Oct 2015
  • Art of Texas, Mar 2016
  • Off the Easel, May 2016
  • Ones to Collect, Oct 2016
  • Art of Texas, Mar 2017
  • Art of Texas, May 2017
Victor Blakey - Wildlife Art

Art Galleries

Wildlife

I grew up in Texas where everything is bigger than life. Watching from the back seat of my family's station wagon, I watched the animals grazing on the hillsides as my father drove through his favorite place on earth, the Hill Country of Texas. Weather it is a whitetail deer racing across the highway or a lion lurking in the bush of Africa, it will find itself on a canvas before me.

Western Art

A degree in fine art from Texas State University and a decade studying portraiture, has brought me back to my passion for Native Americans. My first trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico when I was in high school stirred the original admiration for these people and their culture. I am not a historian, but I want to keep alive the memory of this important chapter of our past. When I start a new painting of a Native American, it is difficult to separate the real from the myth that perpetuates the fighting spirit of these brave people. I want to depict the remarkable strength in each feature in the face and the conflict they must be experiencing.

Flowers

I was walking through the Dallas Arboretum with my mother when she told me about her country home where she grew up. She told me how wild flowers bloomed around the door and how green the underbrush was in the spring. She asked me if I could paint some wildflowers for her. I said, of course. I love the bright, the bold and the beauty that emerges from every painting.

Portraits

Create an everlasting memory to cherish for generations to come. Capture that precious face in a unique and brilliant format.

Crazy Horse, Oil on Canvas -- 24 x 18Victor Blakey, Crazy Horse, Oil on Canvas -- 24 x 18
Rampage, Oil on Ampersand, 40 x 30Victor Blakey, Rampage, Oil on Ampersand, 40 x 30