Clara Blalock

Clara Blalock

Artist Statement: 

I start off by creating a situation where I can have a dialog with the canvas. I begin a piece of work with a mark or a shape and let the painting take a life of its own. ‘dance' continues and creates the voice that tells the story. I love the surprises that occur when I'm in the ‘zone.' I like for a painting to have a sound structure. This may be somewhat lost in the finished piece but I want the viewer to know that there are ‘bones.' Color and sound composition are important to me, as well as some unpredictability. I strive for motion, energy and force, very important elements of the finished composition. Once started, I like to release my inhabitations and let the painting reveal its serendipitous conclusions. As a painter I prefer to work on large surfaces with oil, but I don't ever want to quit growing and changing the way I work. I want my story to be one of evolution. I am always on a quest for that perfect piece of art. Until then I will enjoy the adventure. 

Selected Exhibitions: 

2014 MOCA GA Gala Invitational 2013 MOCA GA Gala Invitational 2012 ARTEXPO New York 2011 River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN Invitational 2010 *Monarch Plaza, Atlanta, Georgia, October 26 – December 31. 2010 "Graceful Motion," Sunrise Bank, Atlanta, Georgia, Invitational 2009 MOCA GA, Tula Studio Artists, Annette Cone-Skelton, Curator, Invitational 2006 Anderson Arts Center, 31st Annual Juried Show 2005 "A National View at Grandview," Atlanta Artists Center, Bruce Bobick, Curator 2004 "From Bennett Street to Green Street, Quinlan Art Center, Gainesville, Georgia, Invitational 2004 Southeastern Juried Exhibition, Mobile Alabama, Sean Ulmer, Curator 2003 Atlanta Artists Center, Regional Juried Show, Allen Teigreen Curator 2003 ING Corporation Atlanta Bench Project, Invitational 2003 "Art With a Southern Drawl" University of Mobile, Mobile, Alabama 2002 *Paddiwhack, High Springs, Florida, Opening, October 4th. 2000 2000 Southeastern Invitational Exhibition 1998 South Cobb Arts Alliance 11th National Juried Art Exhibition 1998 "Art With a Southern Drawl" University of Mobile, Mobile, Alabama 1997 "Trees" Exhibit, Quinlan Art Center, Gainesville, Ga. Invitational 1997 "Norman Wagner and His Students, 34 Years" Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, Lagrange, Ga.; Invitational 1997 *Atlanta College of Art, Gallery 100, June 3 - 29. 1996 Georgia Arts "96 1996 Decatur Arts Alliance Annual Juried Show Selected Awards and Honors: 2009 Honorable Mention, Atlanta Artists Center National Juried Show, Annette Cone-Skelton, Juror 2006 Merit Award, Atlanta Artists Center National Juried Show, Holly Koons McCullough, Juror 2004 Award of Merit, South Cobb Arts Alliance 17th National Juried Exhibition, Gregor Turk, Juror 2000 Mabel House Award of Distinction (Best in Show), South Cobb Arts Alliance 13th National Juried Exhibition, Mabelton, Georgia; Keith Rasmussen,Curator 1999 Honorable Mention, Artforms, Atlanta, Ga.; Gordon Anderson, Alan Teigreen, Polly Neal, Curator 1999 Juror's Choice Award, "Rock, Paper, Scissors; Artworks 2000"; Morris Brown College, Atlanta, Georgia; Kevin Cole Curator 1998 First Prize, "Man, Earth & Sky" Exhibit, Quinlan Art Center, Gainesville, Georgia; Gregor Turk, Curator 1998 "Best in Show", Atlanta Artists Center 26th Annual Traveling Show; Christopher Hickey, Curator 1998 Purchase Award, Anderson County Art Center 23rd Annual Juried Show, Anderson, S.C.; Victoria Boone, Curator 1996 First Prize and Honorable Mention; Artists Atelier of Atlanta, Juried Show, Ben Smith, Curator 1995 Merit Award; Artists Atelier of Atlanta, Annual Juried Show; Dale Rayburn, Curator 1994 Merit Award; Artists Atelier of Atlanta, Annual Juried Show; Bruce Bobbick, Curator 1994 Third Prize; Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, Ga. 12th Juried Competition and Exhibition; Charles Thomas Butler, Curator 1993 First Prize; Oil and Acrylic, South Cobb Arts Alliance 6th National Juried Art Exhibition, Mableton, Georgia; Joseph Perrin, Curator 1991 Two Dimensional Award of Excellence; Quinlan Gala, Gainesville, Ga.; Lamar Dodd, Curator 1964 Best Printmaker Award, Atlanta College Of Art Education: 1964 BFA Painting/Printmaking, Atlanta College of Art 1961 Associate Degree, Stratford College; Danville, Virginia Selected Collections: Church of the Atonement, Episcopal, Atlanta, GA American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA North Dekalb Medical Center, Decatur, GA America's Capital Partners, Piedmont Center Progress Energy Corporate Headquarters; Raleigh, North Carolina Mayo Clinic; Jacksonville, Florida Post Properties; Atlanta, Georgia and Washington, DC North Georgia Cancer Center PGA tour TCP at Riverbend Baptist South Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida Suntrust Bank, Atlanta, Georgia Rubicon Building, Gainesville, GA Television: "Trading Spaces" 100 Grand Edition "Extreme Home Makeover" "Necessary Roughness" Selected Juror, Judge: 2013 Virginia Highlands Art Fest 2013 Atlanta Arts Festival 2010 Atlanta Artists Center, Small Works Show 2008 Atlanta Dogwood Festival 2007 Atlanta Artists Center New Members Show 2005 Metro Montage VI, Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art 2004 57th Annual Members Exhibit, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, Georgia 2003 "Home is Where the Heart Is" Atlanta Artists Center benefit for Habitat for Humanity, 2003 "Arts on the River" Columbus Artists' Guild, Columbus, Georgia 2002 "Home for the Holidays" Dawson County Arts Council National Juried Show, Georgia 2002 Atlanta Artists Center New Members Show Memberships: Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Patron Member Atlanta Artists Center (Member of Excellence) (President, 1996 & 1997, Board Chair, 1998 & 1999) Plein Air Painters of Georgia

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