Coronavirus has claimed the life of a world-famous Hudson Valley artist.

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Thomas L. Blackwell of Rhinebeck died on Wednesday at the Vassar Bro's Medical Center in Poughkeepsie at the age of 82, according to his obituary.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cremation will be held privately at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope. Funeral arrangements being done by Zygmunt-Murtie Funeral and Cremation Service.

Blackwell is credited with starting the Photorealist movement. Photorealism is now a popular art form where a painter recreates a photograph.

In 1969, Black started a series of Photorealist paintings featuring motorcycles. One is seen above.

His work can be found at many museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC; and the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, New Jersey, according to the Artist Book Foundation.

Amazon is selling a book of his work, Tom Blackwell: The Complete Paintings, 1970-2014

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