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gallery artist: HEather blanton

about the artist

Known  for her  graphite and  acrylic works depicting  the art of motion while celebrating competition  and the human spirit, Heather Blanton is an American  painter and photographer living and working in St. Augustine,  Florida. Her latest series, “ Sports,”depicts a wide range of subjects  from golfers in mid-swing to cyclists peddling toward

the  finish  line to  hundreds of  marathon runners  racing to glory.  Born in Jacksonville,  Florida in 1973, Blanton  studied art at the University  of North Florida and The Art Institute  of Fort Lauderdale. She spent three years  living in New York City exploring hand-manipulated  and distressed Polaroid SX-70 film images. As analog  film teetered on the edge of extinction, Blanton turned  to fine art painting as her next medium. Today she has created  hundreds of large and small sports paintings influenced by Abstract  Expressionism and conflicted by a blend of animation and whimsy. “My  works are focused on the energy of the race,”Blanton explains of her “ Sports”series. “ They  are easily distinguishable by compositional elements of color and form. By creating dialog between  the viewer and the subject matter, this series is cohesive collection of flat images with a chaotic,  pattern-like style where the lines and negative spaces are almost as important as the subject matter.”

A  professional  artist since 2004,  Blanton has successfully  shown in nearly 50 exhibitions  and her work can be found in public  and private collections around the globe  from Amsterdam and Atlanta to Manhattan and  Miami. She has been featured in numerous publications  and media outlets and continues to work as the conduit  to capture her client’s passions of skiing, cycling, golfing,  horse racing, and everything in between.

EXHIBITS

2018 - present Candita Clayton Gallery, Providence, RI

2018 - present Gallery 1930, Birmingham, AL

2018 - present Michael Murphy Gallery, Tampa, FL

2017 - present Bosco Gallery, Hong Kong

2018 - present Bee Street Studio, Dallas, TX

2017 - present BlueStone Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2017 - present Holly Banton Studio and Gallery, Atlantic Beach, FL

2016 - present Jules Place, Boston, MA

2017 - Linus Gallery, Long Beach, CA

2017 - The Space Gallery, Jacksonville, FL

2016 - Dan Pfeiffer Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX

2016 - Diehl Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY

2016 -2018 Huff Harrington Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

2016-present Stellers Gallery, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

2016 - A. Grange Cultural Center, Atlantic Beach, FL

2015 - Haskell Gallery, Jacksonville, FL

2015 -  Beaches History Museum, Jacksonville Beach, FL

2015 - present Plum Gallery, St. Augustine, FL

2015 - Signature Gallery, Tallahassee, FL

2014 - 2016 Stellers Gallery of San Marco, Jacksonville, FL

2011 - H.A. S. Art Solutions, Jacksonville, FL

2009 - Ponte Vedra Cultural Center Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

2009 -  R. Roberts Galley, Jacksonville, FL

2008 Peter O'Neill Gallery, Charleston, SC

international exhibitions 

2006 - Aperitivo, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2006 - Glerum Auction House Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2006 -  Cafe des Artes Rotterdam, Netherlands

Other exhibits

2017 - The Other art Fair, Brooklyn, NY

2013 -  Original Elements, Jacksonville, FL

2010 -  Lambs Eat Ivey, Orlando, FL

2009 -  725 Gallery, Atlantic Beach, FL

2008 - Artistree Gallery, Jacksonville Beach, FL

2005 -  First Street Gallery, Neptune Beach, FL

Public Art and Commissions

2016 - Obelisk 450 Project, St. Augustine, FL

2016 - Gaylord Marriot, 837 Guestrooms, Denver, CO

2008 -  Riverplace Tower, Concourse and Plaza levels, Jacksonville, FL

2006 Veterans Memorial Arena, Club Section, Jacksonville, FL

Cafes and Coffeeshops

2016 - Open Road Bicycles, Jacksonville Beach, FL

2016 - The Grotto, Jacksonville, FL

2012 -  Starbucks, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

2011 -  Mezza Luna Neptune Beach, FL

2010 -  The Grotto, Jacksonville, FL

2009 - Biscottis Jacksonville, FL

2009 - b.b.s Jacksonville, FL

2008 - Ninth and Main, Jacksonville, FL

2007 - 2005 Burrito Gallery, Jacksonville, FL

2004 - Shelbys, Neptune Beach, FL

2003 The Art Bar, Jacksonville, FL

EDUCATION

2000 -2002 University of North Florida

1993 - 1995 Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

artist statement

"My work is energy made manifest.The human spirit thriving on excellence only brought through competition. They are celebrations of the humans spirit and the will to win.”