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.”
“Nature-Improv”, duo show, LA Artcore, Los Angeles, CA (October 2016)
Alliance Française de Pasadena, Pasadena, CA
LA Artcore, Los Angeles, CA
“Blandine Saint-Oyant: New Paintings,” Durham Art Guild, Durham, NC “The Ploughman,” Louise G. Brown Gallery, Bryan Center, Duke University, Durham, NC
“Gestures of Ritual and Work,” Hanes Art Center Gallery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
“Pillars and Fragments,” Louise G. Brown Gallery, Bryan Center, Duke University, Durham, NC
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
“Perched Upon the Tree of Life”, Laemmle Royal Theater (July – October 2017)
Alliance Française de Pasadena, Pasadena, CA
AbstractionsTangibles, Galerie de l’Évèché d’Uzès, Uzès, France Pasadena Art Alliance Biannual Show and Auction, Pasadena CA
L’Évèché Exhibition Hall, Uzès, France Millenial Abstractions, Marin County Foundation, Novato, CA
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
Off the Wall, Armory Center for the Arts Biennial Art Auction, Pasadena, CA
Juried Show, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA Telemachus Studio, The Brewery, Los Angeles, CA Pasadena Art Alliance Biannual Show and Auction, Pasadena CA
Group Show, LA Artcore, Los Angeles, CA (July 2007) Off the Wall, Armory Center for the Arts Biennial Art Auction, Pasadena, CA
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
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
Open Haus, Haus Gallery, Pasadena, CA Painting’s Edge, Parks Exhibition Center, IdyllwildARTS, Idyllwild, CA
All Media Group Show, Beckstrand Gallery, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA Painting’s Edge, Parks Exhibition Center, IdyllwildARTS, Idyllwild, CA
Side Order, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
Light Show, Peppers Art Gallery, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA
Gallery 825 1998 Open, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
Group Show, Pasadena Art Space, Pasadena, CA
Group Exhibition for Recipients of SAF/NEA Award, Southeast Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC (Catalogue)
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
Group Show, CCA Competitive Exhibition, Kinston, NC
Staff Art Show, Grossman Gallery, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Studied Visual Art & Art Pedagogy at University of Paris I /Sorbonne, France
BFA and Diploma in Painting, School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, Boston, MA
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL Studies: Art history, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Performance Art
Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship
Painting’s Edge, IdyllwildARTS, Idyllwild, CA
Studio Visit, Open Studio Press, Winter 2009/Spring 2010