Karen Blair

  • Selected Works


    Karen Blair, Lupines, 2017
    Mixed Media on Panel, 11 x 14 inches

    Karen Blair, Asparagus Plants, 2017
    Oil on panel, 12 x 12 inches

    Karen Blair, Red Buds, 2017
    Mixed media on canvas, 36 x 36 inches

    Karen Blair, Emerging, 2017
    Mixed media on canvas, 48 x 36 inches

  • Past Exhibitions

    Summer Light:
    Karen Blair, Ana Rendich, Krista Townsend

    23 June – 13 August, 2016 

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    LYdM turns 20 in 2015
    9 January – 1 February 2015

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    New Vistas:
    Isabelle Abbot, Karen Blair,
    Janet Bruce, Kris Iden, Susan Murphy

    31 March – 6 May 2012

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  • Artist Statement

    Picasso once remarked that “There is no abstract art, you always have to begin with something. Taking his words to heart, these paintings begin and end with the landscape. Starting with some marks in paint or oil stick a horizon line appears, the meander of a stream takes shape and the color of a mountain ridge at sunset emerges. Subsequent layers edit, refine and hone the image. The physical act of pushing the paint around and acknowledging the formal demands of a composition are key ingredients of the constant refinement.

    While maintaining elements of landscape, they push further into recording memories of experiences. We live in an age of Instant images and endless sharing of two-dimensional pictures. We scroll, we tweet, we blog. Painting is an act of rebellion against this; guerrilla warfare in an electronic age. These are the stories I want to tell my children, a record of a life spent in awe of the physical world.


  • Bibliography


    2008    Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Reynolds Foundation Grant Recipient

    2003    Artist Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT

    1976    BFA University of North Carolina Greensboro


    2017    Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

    2017    Les Yeux du Monde Gallery,                       Charlottesville, VA

    2017    The Art Box, Crozet, VA

    2017    Warm Springs Gallery, Warm Springs, VA

    2016    Current Art Fair, Richmond, VA                                  

    2016    Bee Street Studio, Dallas

    2016    Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

    2016    Shenandoah Valley Arts Center, VA

    2016    CoArts Gallery, Staunton

    2015    Bunny Williams Home, Fine Arts 

                Building, NYC

    2015    Southern Living Idea House

    2015    Page Bond Gallery

    2015    Les Yeux du Monde Gallery

    2014    Page Bond Gallery

    2014    Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, 

                Portsmouth, VA

    2014    Page Bond Gallery

    2014    Les Yeux du Monde Gallery,                                                                     

                Charlottesville, VA

    2013    Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center                 

    2013    McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville                                

    2013    Page Bond Gallery

    2013    Hodges-Taylor Gallery, Charlotte 

    2012    Les Yeux du Monde Gallery

    2012    Gallery Piquel, 

                New Hope, Pennsylvania

    2011    The United States Capitol Building                                                                                                                           

    2011    Page Bond Gallery

    2011    McGuffey Art Center

    2010    Hampton House Gallery, 

                Winston-Salem, NC

    2008    Studio 11 Gallery, Lexington, VA

    2008    Symphony Designer House,                                   

                Richmond, VA

    2008    Page Bond Gallery

    2005    Page Bond Gallery

    2005    Radius 250, Plant Zero, Richmond,VA       

                Juried exhibition curated by Dr. John Ravenal, Curator of Contemporary Art Virginia Museum of Fine Art



    University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

    Phillip Morris, USA

    Dominion Resources

    Couric Clinical Cancer Center, UVA 

    UVA Medical Center

    Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville

    Levine Cancer Institute, Charlotte, NC

    Capital One, Richmond VA

    Markel Corporation

    Owens & Minor

    Hourigan Construction, Inc.

    Troutman Sanders LLP

    LeClair Ryan, A Professional Corporation

    Westminster Canterbury, Richmond, VA

    The Jefferson Hotel, Richmond, VA  

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