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Tina Blondell - Fine Artist

Tina Blondell

Minneapolis, MN - United States

 
 
 

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Tina Blondell

Minneapolis, MN - United States

Tina Blondell - Fine Artist

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About Tina Blondell

Tina Blondell was born in 1953 in Salzburg, Austria, to an American father and Austrian mother who encouraged her early interest in art. As a child, her father taught her to draw, and travels with her parents exposed her to art throughout Europe. Although early on she attended private art lessons and later took classes in painting, Blondell is essentially self-taught.

Crucial to her education as an artist, was her first-hand encounters with art in Italy, particularly the work of Caravaggio, with its sense of stage-lit drama, and of Artemisia Gentileschi, whose powerful paintings and life as an artist and a woman had been recently rediscovered. Other influences that Blondell cites are Goya and Francis Bacon, both of whose paintings combine an emotional impact with a vision of the human condition. She notes, as well, her interest in the ornamented Secession work of Gustav Klimt. Blondell's involvement with earlier art informed both her technique and interest in narrative, and her quoting of images from the history of art in this painter's decidedly contemporary work.

In the mid 1990s, Blondell settled in Minneapolis, where she continues to live, producing The Cradle of Civilzation, a series of thirteen paintings which used the imagery of the egg and the female body, in an extended meditation on fertility and the sacred in women's lives. The series encompasses the ancient and the modern, ranging from the symbols of age-old cultures to the ongoing Eastern European tradition of geometrically painted Easter eggs.

In 1996, Blondell began a new phase in her work by producing a self portrait in watercolor. Deeply reflecting both her inner and outer life, the outpouring of work that began with that image continues with a panoply of female figures, all exhibiting a pattern on their skin that bespeaks both pain and transformation. Strongly imaginative, these depictions of mythic, biblical, and modern figures use the delicacy of watercolor to embody both a sense of vulnerability and of beauty emerging from the depths of difficult experience.

In 2000 Blondell began to re-familiarize herself with the medium of oil paints. Her current work depicts contemporary women from historical, folkloric, and mythological perspectives. A common thread to the new work is a focus on the interplay of light and dark elements – the chiaroscuro of the Italian masters who originally captured Blondell's imagination as a child growing up in Italy.

Blondell has exhibited her work widely including solo exhibitions at the Fraser Gallery, in Washington, D.C. and the Shelly Holzemer, in Minneapolis. Her work is in many private and public collections including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Weisman Art Museum.

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Light Bulb by Tina Blondell
 

Light Bulb by Tina Blondell

Antimony as Nubia by Tina Blondell
 

Antimony as Nubia by Tina Blondell

Swoosh - Clang by Tina Blondell
 

Swoosh - Clang by Tina Blondell

Jezebel III by Tina Blondell
 

Jezebel III by Tina Blondell

Ms. Jessica by Tina Blondell
 

Ms. Jessica by Tina Blondell

Erin by Tina Blondell
 

Erin by Tina Blondell

Upper Mississippi Valley Sicilian by Tina Blondell
 

Upper Mississippi Valley Sicilian by Tina Blondell

Mr. Van Syke by Tina Blondell
 

Mr. Van Syke by Tina Blondell

Affliction The Down Side of Up by Tina Blondell
 

Affliction The Down Side of Up by Tina Blondell

A Boy Named Sue by Tina Blondell
 

A Boy Named Sue by Tina Blondell

Venus on the Half-Shell by Tina Blondell
 

Venus on the Half-Shell by Tina Blondell

I Walk the Line by Tina Blondell
 

I Walk the Line by Tina Blondell

The Evil Roots of Good Manners by Tina Blondell
 

The Evil Roots of Good Manners by Tina Blondell

Urban American Gothic by Tina Blondell
 

Urban American Gothic by Tina Blondell

Out of the Blue by Tina Blondell
 

Out of the Blue by Tina Blondell

The Assessment by Tina Blondell
 

The Assessment by Tina Blondell

A Convenient Myth - Detail by Tina Blondell
 

A Convenient Myth - Detail by Tina Blondell

The Healer by Tina Blondell
 

The Healer by Tina Blondell

Medea by Tina Blondell
 

Medea by Tina Blondell

Frau mit Eiern by Tina Blondell
 

Frau mit Eiern by Tina Blondell

A Convenient Myth II by Tina Blondell
 

A Convenient Myth II by Tina Blondell

A Convenient Myth by Tina Blondell
 

A Convenient Myth by Tina Blondell

These Boots Are Made For Walking by Tina Blondell
 

These Boots Are Made For Walking by Tina Blondell

Midwinter Blues II by Tina Blondell
 

Midwinter Blues II by Tina Blondell

Sinner by Tina Blondell
 

Sinner by Tina Blondell

Saint by Tina Blondell
 

Saint by Tina Blondell

Nuda Veritas by Tina Blondell
 

Nuda Veritas by Tina Blondell

The Tired Mamma by Tina Blondell
 

The Tired Mamma by Tina Blondell

Susanna the Elder by Tina Blondell
 

Susanna the Elder by Tina Blondell

The Legacy by Tina Blondell
 

The Legacy by Tina Blondell

Venus of Minneapolis by Tina Blondell
 

Venus of Minneapolis by Tina Blondell

Roma Ladrona by Tina Blondell
 

Roma Ladrona by Tina Blondell

South Minneapolis Gypsy by Tina Blondell
 

South Minneapolis Gypsy by Tina Blondell

Redemption by Tina Blondell
 

Redemption by Tina Blondell

Midwinter Blues I by Tina Blondell
 

Midwinter Blues I by Tina Blondell

Mother with Child by Tina Blondell
 

Mother with Child by Tina Blondell

The Genesis of Sin by Tina Blondell
 

The Genesis of Sin by Tina Blondell

I'll Make You Shorter by a Head by Tina Blondell
 

I'll Make You Shorter by a Head by Tina Blondell

Transformation by Tina Blondell
 

Transformation by Tina Blondell

The Commitment by Tina Blondell
 

The Commitment by Tina Blondell

Jezebel by Tina Blondell
 

Jezebel by Tina Blondell

The Tie That Binds by Tina Blondell
 

The Tie That Binds by Tina Blondell

The Marriage by Tina Blondell
 

The Marriage by Tina Blondell

Jezebel II by Tina Blondell
 

Jezebel II by Tina Blondell

Magdalena by Tina Blondell
 

Magdalena by Tina Blondell

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