Vidal Blankenstein's paintings and mixed media images explore the relationship between the human figure and its natural, architectural and emotional environments. The images are haunting, compelling and infused with southern gothic lyricism. There are often fragments of figures and trees weaving in and out of lightness and darkness creating an odd dream-like reality. The recurring simple house forms evoke a “sense of place” containing memories and experiences.
Vidal Blankenstein's work has achieved recognition from the curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the director of Penland School of Arts and Crafts. The artist’s works have been awarded and exhibited throughout the Southeast, including museums such as the the Arkansas Arts Center, Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Contemporary Arts Center, in New Orleans. Additionally, the artist’s works may be found in the permanent collections of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Meridian Museum of Art, Ohr-O’Keefe Arts Center and in numerous private collections.