Pasadena Society of Artists

Blandine Saint-Oyant BIO

Blandine Saint-Oyant is an artist who was trained in the US and has been living and working in Los Angeles for many years. She is an abstract painter and accomplished colorist who works with poured paint. Her work explores the relationships between fluidity and control, spontaneity and structure, exuberance and calm, resulting in intriguing abstract improvisation. Her work has been shown in different venues in southern California and in France.

ARTIST STATEMENT
I am an artist who was trained in the United States and have been living and  working as a painter in Pasadena for many years. I am a contemporary abstract painter and a colorist who works with oil. I have developed a distinctive painting process that uses liquid oil paint poured against a background prepared on canvas or paper.

My work explores the relationship between fluidity and control, spontaneity and structure, calmness and exuberance. My process employs liquid oil paint poured on the surface of the canvas. When the different batches of colored paint are poured and the canvas rotated back and forth, the pigments intermingle and fuse into visually striking patterns and shapes. After many years of painting practice, my process remains largely experimental and improvisational. My aim is to create a space in which contrasting elements are interwoven into organic and fluid compositions. I see these paintings as “ intuitive landscapes”, many of which suggest fictional natural phenomena (cloud formations, stormy skies, cascades, patterns of moving water, minerals). 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.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016     “Nature-Improv”, duo show, LA Artcore, Los Agneles, CA (October 2016)
2012     Alliance Française de Pasadena, Pasadena, CA (October 2012)
2010 LA Artcore, Los Angeles CA (July 1- August 8, 2010) 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, USOLO EXHIBITIONS

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015 “Space is a doubt”, Altadena Library, Altadena, CA – Performance/Concert/Painting exhibit (December 2015)
2014 “AbstractionsTangibles,” Galerie de l’Évèché d’Uzès, Uzès, France (Sept-Oct 2014)
Pasadena Art Alliance Biannual Show and Auction, Pasadena CA (April 2014)
2013 Galerie de l’Évèché d’Uzès, Uzès, France (July 2013)
“Millenial Abstractions”, Marin County Foundation, Novato CA (April-May 2013)
2010 “Brilliant Paintings & Amazing Ceramics,” Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura CA (March 2010)
Pasadena Art Alliance Biannual Show and Auction, Pasadena CA (April 2010)
Brewery Artwalk, Telemachus Studio, Los Angeles, CA (April 2010)
2009 “Off the Wall,” Armory Center for the Arts Biennial Art Auction, Pasadena, CA
2008 Juried Show, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
Brewery Artwalk, Telemachus Studio, Los Angeles, CA
Pasadena Art Alliance Biannual Show and Auction, Pasadena CA
2007 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
“Paintings Edge 2006 Exhibition,” Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA.
“Painting’s Edge,” Parks Exhibition Center, IdyllwildARTS, Idyllwild, CA.
Pasadena Art Alliance Biannual Show and Auction
2005 “Group Show,” Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
“Wallworks,” LA Artcore, Los Angeles, CA.
“Paintings 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.

PUBLICATIONS/CATALOGUES
Studio Visit, (Open Studio Press, 2009, 2010)

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