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Martin Blundell: The Western Land

“Martin Blundell: The Western Land” opens to showcase the works of this accomplished landscape artist who so successfully captures the grand vistas, plateaus, rock faces and vast skies unique to Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. Join us for an opening artist reception from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. October 4th, with an Artist Talk at 5:45 that evening. The paintings of Martin Blundell are executed with impasto brushwork and pallet knife application of oil paint. It was his training in printmaking that focused Blundell’s expertise with textures, allowing his painting to create a rich surface quality supported by saturated color.

“I’ve experienced moments of awe-inspiring light at sunrise and sunset, and sensational atmospheric changes during storms. I’m also mesmerized by the commonplace: a field, a farm, or a structure. Capturing those moments inspire my images and paintings. The calm transitions of the seasons motivate me to explore the relationships of color, while I rely heavily on intuition to guide the outcome of my paintings.”

Blundell works from a loft studio in his home, a bright space with clerestory windows, angled ceilings, and white walls. “It has a sculptural volume, that is interesting to work in.” he notes. Working from drawings, photographs and comp studies, Blundell generally has two paintings in process at any time and his studio provides ample room to view his works in their various stages of completion. Though Blundell begins work in the mornings, painting through the afternoon, he also may paint well into the night. “Many times, creative moments cannot be forced, so it is nice to have my studio close by.”

As Blundell notes, “Awareness is a beginning place for art making. Consciousness of the environment, the landscape, figure, interiors etc. can start an investigation of visual possibilities. … Through this myriad of input and translation we experience moments of creativity that are unique, recorded by the physical events of paint and brush. We compose, we organize, we recapitulate, we find the line, and reach the color and value in successive applications until we resign to a completion. Finally, we hope to achieve a visually poetic and autonomous result.”

Blundell’s studies in art begin early, winning him recognition as a Utah High School Sterling Scholar in art. He went on to graduate with honors from the University of Utah where he received a BFA in printmaking and drawing. When he began showing his fine art, awards in local and national competitions brought him continuing acclaim. Martin Blundell has received acknowledgments and awards from the Utah Watercolor Society, the University of Utah, Bountiful Davis Art Center, Utah Arts Council, the Springville Museum of Art, and the Dixie University Sears Museum. He was included in the University of Utah Marriott Library Notable Utah Artist Project and has completed various commissions, including a recent pro bono mural for the University of Utah Primary Children’s Hospital Forever Young Zone. Martin Blundell’s paintings are included in private and corporate collections around the U.S.

Earlier Event: September 6
Lance Yazzie: Modern Edge
Later Event: November 1
Seth Fairweather: Individual Voice