Arthur "Art" Blank was a Criminal Defense lawyer and originally involved in a business relationship with John Kramer before John took the mantle of Jigsaw. They were working on the development of houses together before John's unborn child Gideon was killed and John spiraled into depression. In his duties as a lawyer, Art successfully defended several people who were guilty of the crimes with which they were accused. This included Brenda (a pimp), Ivan (a rapist), and Rex (an abusive husband and father). He was also Jill Tuck's lawyer.
Appearances in the FilmsEditTrevor who had his eyes sewn shut, making communication with one another impossible. They were being tugged on by metal collars that they were wearing that would eventually kill them, Art found the key to his collar on the back of Trevor's head; Trevor, believing that Art is a threat, tries to attack him, they engage into a fight that eventually ends with Art killing Trevor by hitting him on the head with a hammer; Art then rips his mouth open and escapes, but is then recaptured afterwards and went missing for a period of two weeks. During that time, a motel room was rented out in his name, where a large amount of equipment was slipped in piece by piece to build a complex trap for Ivan, a serial rapist. Art was later forced to participate in another game at the Gideon warehouse where he was assigned with the task of keeping Detectives Eric Matthews and Mark Hoffman alive until Daniel Rigg's final test was complete, as Matthews was standing on top of a slowly melting ice block with a chain noose around his neck, if Matthews were to slip off, he would be strangled to death and the water from the ice block would be channeled to Hoffman, who was strapped to a chair with what appeared to be an electrode, which would've apparently resulted in his death from electrocution.
Art was tasked to keep Matthews on top of the ice block throughout the ninety minutes of Rigg's game's duration.
Art would've been able to free Matthews and Hoffman once the ninety minutes were up, as well as being able to save himself from a device attached to him that would cause a pair of pincers on the back of his neck to sever his spine.
However, Rigg's rushed into the room the game was taking place in before the ninety minutes were up, causing two large blocks to swing down and crush Matthews head, killing him instantly. This also caused the water to channel towards Hoffman and the electrode, apparently electrocuting him. As Rigg entered the room, he shot Art in the side shortly after he was shot in the stomach by Matthews as an attempt to prevent him from entering the room, with no such success.
Art and Rigg squirmed around on the floor in pain, Rigg, blaming him for the death of Matthews and the apparent death of Hoffman, persists in yelling at him.
Art yells that John was testing him, Art then tries to get a tape recorder out of a bag to prove this; Rigg, mistaking the tape recorder for a gun, shoots Art directly in the head, killing him upon impact, but not a second before Art activated the message in the tape recorder which alerted Rigg of the moral significance of his test before he is then locked away by Hoffman (who is then revealed to have been an accomplice to John the whole time) where Rigg then eventually and slowly passes away due to blood loss from the gun shot wound to his stomach.Peter Strahm.