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Blandine Saint-Oyant

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A New Day 5, 2010 Oil/canvas 36 X 36 Inches © Copyright © Blandine Saint-Oyant, 2010
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A New Day 6, 2010 Oil/canvas 36 X 36 Inches © Copyright © Blandine Saint-Oyant, 2010
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A New Day 2, 2009 Oil/canvas 36 X 36 Inches © Copyright © Blandine Saint-Oyant, 2010
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A New Day 3, 2010 Oil/canvas 36 X 36 Inches © Copyright © Blandine Saint-Oyant, 2010
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Into Dawn 1 Oil/canvas 24 X 24 X 1.5 Inches © Copyright © Blandine Saint-Oyant, 2010
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Into Dawn 3 Oil/canvas 24 X 24 X 1.5 Inches © Copyright © Blandine Saint-Oyant, 2010
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Into Dawn 4, 2009 Oil/canvas 24 X 24 Inches © Copyright © Blandine Saint-Oyant, 2010
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Dawn, 2009 Oil on Cnvas 44 X 32 Inches © Blandine Saint-Oyant
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High Nooon, 2009 Oil on Cnvas 44 X 32 Inches © Blandine Saint-Oyant
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Dusk, 2009 Oil on Canvas 44 X 32 Inches © Blandine Saint-Oyant
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Precipitation 2, 2009 Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas 20 X 16 X 1.5 Inches © Blandine Saint-Oyant
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Precipitation 9, 2009 Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas 20 X 16 X 1.5 Inches © Blandine Saint-Oyant
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Precipitation 8, 2009 Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas 20 X 16 X 1.5 Inches © Blandine Saint-Oyant
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Precipitation 1, 2009 Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas 20 X 16 X 1.5 Inches © Blandine Saint-Oyant
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Precipitation 3, 2009 Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas 20 X 16 X 1.5 Inches © Blandine Saint-Oyant
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Precipitation 7, 2009 Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas 2 X 16 X 1.5 Inches © Blandine Saint-Oyant
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Lyon, France
Lives in
Pasadena, CA
Works in
Pasadena, CA
Tags
contemporary painting, abstract
Statement

 

My work explores the relationship between formality and random play, structure and spontaneity, control and fluidity. I regard these as fundamental formal issues in contemporary abstract painting, and they provide a framework for personal expression. I have developed a process that employs diverse methods of mark-making and juxtaposes different combinations of color. Paint is poured, spread, and brushed on, with both glossy and matt surfaces, fluid and solid media. My aim is to create a space in which contrasting visual elements are interwoven into a fluid composition.

I see my current paintings as  “intuitive landscapes” of organic shapes poured over subtly shaded backgrounds.  Many suggest fictional natural phenomena. In some of my work (such as the “Into Dawn” series), each painting begins with a background built up out of a solid color, sectioned by sharp-edged bands of thick paint, which suggest the remnants of a grid. While this phase is planned and controlled, the second phase is spontaneous and involves risk. Layers of liquid paint are poured onto the canvas, allowing shapes to form and colors to interpenetrate. In my more recent work (such as "Earth and Sky"), the elements of color and composition are reduced, and there are no more ornamental details such as outlining or geometric stripes. These choices attempt to get to what is essential, using a simplified language with a universal appeal.

In all of the work process inescapably remains important — pouring and holding back, guiding without controlling. Over time, my process has become more improvisational, and since there is no going back once the paint is poured, it requires a certain fearlessness. I hope that the work conveys the excitement and pleasure in the application of the materials and that it engages the viewer in a meaningful pictorial experience.

 

 

CV

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
 

            

2013           “Millenial Abstractions”, Marin County Foundation, Novato CA

                    L’Évèché Exhibition Hall, Uzès, France

2010

Brilliant Paintings & Amazing Ceramics, Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA

Pasadena Art Alliance Biannual Show and Auction, Pasadena, CA

Brewery Artwalk, Telemachus Studio, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Off the Wall, Armory Center for the Arts Biennial Art Auction, Pasadena, CA
2008 Juried Show, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

Telemachus Studio, The Brewery, Los Angeles, CA

Pasadena Art Alliance Biannual Show and Auction, Pasadena CA
2007 Group Show, LA Artcore, Los Angeles, CA (July 2007)

Off the Wall, Armory Center for the Arts Biennial Art Auction, Pasadena, CA
2006 Fullerton College Group Show, Fullerton College Gallery, Fullerton, CA

Painting's Edge 2006 Exhibition, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA

Painting's Edge, Parks Exhibition Center, IdyllwildARTS, Idyllwild, CA

Pasadena Art Alliance Biannual Show and Auction, Pasadena CA
2005 Group Show, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Wallworks, LA Artcore, Los Angeles, CA

Painting's Edge 2005 Exhibition, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA

Painting's Edge, Parks Exhibition Center, IdyllwildARTS, Idyllwild, CA
2003 Open Haus, Haus Gallery, Pasadena, CA

Painting's Edge, Parks Exhibition Center, IdyllwildARTS, Idyllwild, CA
2002 All Media Group Show, Beckstrand Gallery, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA

Painting's Edge, Parks Exhibition Center, IdyllwildARTS, Idyllwild, CA
2001 Side Order, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
2000 Light Show, Peppers Art Gallery, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA
1998 Gallery 825 1998 Open, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
1997 Group Show, Pasadena Art Space, Pasadena, CA
1994 Group Exhibition for Recipients of SAF/NEA Award,
Southeast Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC (Catalogue)
1993 3rd Annual New Show, Wake Visual Art Association, Raleigh, NC

Group Show, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA

The Artist's Show, City Gallery of Contemporary Art, Raleigh, NC

Group Show, Orange County Women's Center, Chapel Hill, NC
1990 Group Show, CCA Competitive Exhibition, Kinston, NC
1989 Staff Art Show, Grossman Gallery, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
 
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
 
2010 LA Artcore, Los Angeles, CA
1994 "Blandine Saint-Oyant: New Paintings," Durham Art Guild, Durham, NC
1994 "The Ploughman," Louise G. Brown Gallery, Bryan Center, Duke University, Durham, NC
1993 "Gestures of Ritual and Work," Hanes Art Center Gallery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
1992 "Pillars and Fragments," Louise G. Brown Gallery, Bryan Center,
Duke University, Durham, NC
 
PUBLICATIONS
 
Studio Visit, (Open Studio Press, Winter 2009, Spring 2010)
 
AWARDS
 
1994 Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship
 
RESIDENCIES
 
2002, 2003
2005, 2006
 
Painting's Edge, IdyllwildARTS, Idyllwild, CA
 
EDUCATION
 
1997-1998 Studied Visual Art & Art Pedagogy at University of Paris I /Sorbonne, France
1986-1989 BFA and Diploma in Painting, School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University,
Boston, MA
1983-1985 Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Studies: Art history, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Performance Art