ALTERED STATES @ Saatchi gallery

Arcadia by Florence Blanchard

Really excited to be part of this exhibition, which is opening this week at Saatchi gallery in London. For this occasion I prepared a few new paintings I’m super pleased with. Please message me if you’d like to attend the private view this Thursday.

Altered States

Altered States showcases works by eight urban contemporary artists based in the UK. The artists featured in Altered States are: D.A.N.T.E., David Shillinglaw, Florence Blanchard, Kid Acne, Lily Mixe, Skeleton Cardboard, Sr.X and Victoria Villasana. The exhibition has been curated by Olly Walker.

By its nature art concerns transition and transformation. Ideas and emotions transform from impulses to physical images. Substances are transformed when rendered on surfaces, liquids become solids and colours merge. Similarly, artists find themselves living within a society that is constantly changing and presenting them with new challenges and opportunities.

The UK is home to a community of diverse artists. Some were borne in the UK and others were drawn to it; but all continue to explore artistic ideas as the nation evolves. Altered States showcases the output of a selection of British-based urban contemporary artists working today.

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Arcadia by Florence Blanchard
ARCADIA 100 x 150cm

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La Grand Arche Paris

Mural Art by Florence Blanchard

This summer I’ll be taking part in 2 interesting exhibitions: Adventures in Modern Abstraction at Stolen Space gallery in London, and This Will Ruin Everything at The Light House in Glasgow.

Last month I went to Paris to paint on the 19th floor of iconic building La Grande Arche. Pretty cool hollow cubic building from the late 80’s which is aligned with Champs Elysée, L’Arc de Triomphe and Le Louvre!DSC_1312_72DSC_1324_72

From wikipedia: ‘A great national design competition was launched in 1982 as the initiative of French president François Mitterrand. Danish architect Johann Otto von Spreckelsen (1929–1987) and Danish engineer Erik Reitzel designed the winning entry to be a late-20th-century version of the Arc de Triomphe: a monument to humanity and humanitarian ideals rather than military victories. La Grande Arche was inaugurated in July 1989, with grand military parades that marked the bicentennial of the French Revolution. It completed the line of monuments that forms the Axe historique running through Paris.’

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Heat Wave – Bristol

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‘Heat Wave’ is a new painting I prepared for a new exhibition which just opened this weekend in Bristol. Curated by Weapon of Choice & Two’s Company the exhibition shows new work from:

45 RPM, Andy Council, Cheba, Fanakapan, Florence Blanchard, Gent 48, Inkie, Jody, Kid Acne, Lokey, Mr Penfold, Rowdy, Sepr, Soker, Spzero76, Tom Blackford, Voyder

Until Sat 8th August 2015

@ Two’s Company Studios
(The old Veals / war gaming space)
61 Old Market St,
Bristol BS2 0EJ.

Open hours
Mon-Fri: 10am – 7pm
Sat: 11am – 6pm
Sun: Closed

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Night Visions Part II

The exhibition is going really well and we are thinking about extending it for another week. For any information contact bradburyblanchard@gmail.com Below are more photos of the work and here are a couple recent posts from other blogs: Design Week , Supersonic Art, FFFFOUND!

 

I painted this series inspiring myself from my trip to Betsukai, JP. Medium is acrylic and gold leaf on circular paper approx 30cm x 30cm

Enjoy x.

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Back in Betsukai-chō 別海町

So I finally went back to Japan again after a mere 9 years went by since I was there last. This time I was painting a big mural in Betsukai/別海町 Hokkaido and visiting my good friend Mika and her family. Mika has been a tremendous help with organizing everything. Weather was really hot and we had to paint at the end of the day when the sun starts going down. The rest of the time was just about eating amazing food, tasting sake and hanging out with the cat.
It was just amazing.

First day was all about finding a solution to get to the top.

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Chicken Dust – a new mural in Bushwick

I just came back from New York where I worked on a few different projects. Despite the blazing heat I managed to reclaim an old wall I had painted in 2007 in Bushwick on Humbolt street. Special thanks to Ed and the people from Enrique Mini Market for helping out! x

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