Blair has always been fascinated with the human figure. He likes the challenge of capturing the gesture, mood, and expression of a person in thought which brings a sense of life to his work. Blair has also studied the skilled athlete in action and has used his artistic talents to sculpt famous sports figures of our day, including Jack Nicklaus, Oscar Robertson, Doak Walker, and Paul “Bear” Bryant. He is also well known for his portraiture and since 1983 has sculpted more than 68 busts of the inductees of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Blair was honored in 1990 as the Sport Artist of the Year by the United States Sports Academy; the first sculptor ever to be so honored.
Blair enjoys sculpting a wide variety of subject matter in a range of sizes. His pieces are displayed in museums, private collections, college campuses, sports complexes and fine art galleries nationwide. In Oklahoma City, you can see two of Blair’'s monuments; Mickey Mantle at Redhawk's stadium as well as Charlton Heston at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
A member of the Northwest Rendezvous Group, and the Prix deWest Society, Blair is also a Fellow and board member in the National Sculpture Society and was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Utah Arts Council.
His traditional training has prepared him well, and Blair continues to push himself to learn new skills and techniques. The largest and most challenging project of Blair’s career is nearly completed. In a collaborative effort, he and fellow sculptors Ed Fraughton and Kent Ullberg have been commissioned to produce larger-than-life-size works for downtown Omaha Nebraska. Blair and Ed’s part of this project is the creation of a wagon train, one city block long. Blair accepted this new and daunting task as yet another opportunity to broaden his skills. Along with his figurative work, he has been be sculpting mules, oxen, horses, and other animals. He loves the old west and is excited about the opportunity to permanently capture its spirit as exemplified by the early pioneers.
Selected Permanent Collections and Editions
Since Pro Football Hall of Fame
1983 Canton, Ohio
Life-size busts of annual inductees: Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Dick LeBeau, Bruce Smith, Rod Woodson, Darrell Greene, Art Monk, Andre Tippett, Michael Irvin, Thurman Thomas, Roger Wehrli, Troy Aikman, John Madden, Warren Moon, Reggie White, Dan Marino, Steve Young, Bennie Friedman, John Elway, Barry Sanders, Bob Brown, Carl Eller, Marcus Allen, James Lofton, John Stallworth, Jim Kelly, Nick Buoniconti, Jackie Slater, Ron Yary, Jack Youngblood, Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott, Howie Long, Eric Dickerson, Tom Mack, Anthony Munoz, Mike Singletary, Don Shula, Mike Haynes, Dan Dierdorf, Joe Gibbs, Steve Largent, LeeRoy Selmon, Bud Grant, Jimmy Johnson, Jackie Smith, Dan Fouts, Bill Walsh, Al Davis, John Mackey, Earl Campbell, Tex Schramm, Tom Landry, Buck Buchanan, Bob St. Clair, Terry Bradshaw, Art Shell, Fred Biletnikoff, Alan Page, Larry Csonka, Gene Upshaw, Don Maynard, Doak Walker, Ken Houston, O.J. Simpson, Pete Rozelle, Willie Brown, Sid Gillman