ARTIST'S STATEMENT

Blandine Saint-Oyant’s vibrant abstract paintings reflect her passion for the process of painting, her love of color and of the sensuality of the materials.

She was born in Lyon and grew up in Avignon, France. In 1980 she moved to the United States. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and later at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she received a BFA and diploma in painting. In 1994 she received an NEA/SAF Fellowship.

Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows on the east coast and in the Los Angeles area. She lives and has her studio in Pasadena, California, but spends part of every year in France. 

“My work explores the relationship between random play and formality, spontaneity and structure, fluidity and control, exuberance and calm. Process is important. Liquid paint is poured; the canvas is tilted and rotated; layers of paint congeal into organic formations; the colors spread, pigments interpenetrate and fuse into patterns; and solid and patterned pours juxtapose.

Over time my paintings have become increasingly intuitive and improvisational. Some of the work is also becoming more gestural. Forms and patterns are disrupted by energetic transparent strokes that reveal under-layers. In the end I see my paintings as ‘intuitive landscapes’ suggestive of nature and natural phenomena. They are about a world in a perpetual state of transformation, an unfolding elegant chaos of energies, a moving buoyant magma of colors and forms frozen into art – a painting.

I hope that the work conveys a sense of excitement and pleasure and that it evokes an open world of infinite possibilities and uncompromising freedom.”

RESUME

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016

“Nature-Improv”, duo show, LA Artcore, Los Angeles, CA (October 2016)

2012

Alliance Française de Pasadena, Pasadena, CA 

2010

LA Artcore, Los Angeles, CA

1994

“Blandine Saint-Oyant: New Paintings,” Durham Art Guild, Durham, NC
“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

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017

“Perched Upon the Tree of Life”, Laemmle Royal Theater (July – October 2017)

2015

Alliance Française de Pasadena, Pasadena, CA

2014

AbstractionsTangibles, Galerie de l’Évèché d’Uzès, Uzès, France
Pasadena Art Alliance Biannual Show and Auction, Pasadena CA

2013

L’Évèché Exhibition Hall, Uzès, France
Millenial Abstractions, Marin County Foundation, Novato, CA

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

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

AWARDS

1994

Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship

RESIDENCIES

2002,

2003,

2005,

2006

Painting's Edge, IdyllwildARTS, Idyllwild, CA

PUBLICATIONS/CATALOGUES

Studio Visit, Open Studio Press, Winter 2009/Spring 2010