Blake (sculptor)

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Blake is a contemporary sculptor with a studio in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Blake with male torso in white Carrara marble

Biography[edit]

The artist Blake was born Blake William Ward in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada on June 3, 1956 and raised in Edmonton. He received an Honours Degree in Fine Art from the University of Alberta in 1979. In 1985, he moved to Paris to study figurative sculpture. In 1991, Blake moved to Monaco and opened the Monte-Carlo studio.

Art and Method[edit]

Blake works in clay to produce bronze and marble sculpture that are cast or carved in Italy. There are over 100 sculptures that are categorized into one of three thematic groups. Traditional Figurative Blake sculpture explores notions of idealized beauty. The Fragments series of dis-figurative work is dedicated to the survivors of landmines and their 2007 exhibition was opened in conjunction with No More Landmines.[1] The Re-Think collection is dedicated to the promotion of human rights and includes his newest works, The Spirits which are represented by both Angels and Phantoms and explore our "inner soulscape" and reflect Blake's commitment to Mindfulness.

Solo exhibitions[edit]

2013 L'eau A L'Oeuvre UNESCO Committee Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco
2013 Blake Spirits, Rouge Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
2012 Blake Sculpture Angels, Comité National Monégasque des Arts Plastiques, Monaco
2012 Fragments, India International Center, New Delhi, India
2012 Blake Sculpture, Ian Tan Gallery, Hong Kong
2011 Blake Sculpture, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada
2011 Blake Sculpture, Winspear Center, Edmonton AB, Canada
2011 Fragments, Collectors Contemporary Gallery, Singapore
2011 Blake Sculpture, Lougheed House, Calgary AB, Canada
2011 Blake Sculpture, Rouge Gallery, Saskatoon SK, Canada
2011 Fragments, Bui Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam
2010 Fragments, Meta House, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2010 Fragments, Hotel de la Paix, Siem Reap, Cambodia
2010 Fragments, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, NWT, Canada
2010 Burning Buddha, Video Installation, Meta House, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2009 Re-Think, DLC Fine Art, New York, NY, USA
2009 The Figure, Rouge Gallery, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
2008 The Figure, Crystal Gallery, Fairmont Monte-Carlo, Monaco
2008 Fragments, Saint Ethelburga's, London, UK
2008 Fragments, Chelsea Arts Tower, New York, NY, USA
2008 Fragments, Canada House Gallery, London, UK
2007 Fragments, La Galleria, London, UK
2007 Fragments, Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, UK
2007 Fragments, Cinema Verite, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
2007 Fragments, The Smithfield Gallery, London, UK
2007 Fragments, Haberdasher's. Hall, London, UK
2003 The Spirit and the Figure, Banque Gothard, Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Group exhibitions[edit]

2013 Continental Art Fair Christmas Exhibition, St.Jean Cap Ferrat, France
2013 Blake Spirits, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
2012 Fine Art Asia, Hong Kong
2012 Gallery de l'Omeau, St. Tropez, France
2012 6eme Rencontre Artistique Monaco Japan, Monaco
2012 World Art Expo, Seborga, Italy
2011 Sculpture at the Jardin Exotique, Monaco
2011 Peace, Love & Grooviness, Seborga, Italy
2010 Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2010 Ann Arbor Street Fair, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
2010 SOFA Santa Fe, Sante Fe, New Mexico, USA
2010 Monaco Art 2010, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
2009 Une Celebration de l'Arte Canadienne, Domaine du Grand Cros, Carnoules, France
2009 New Motions of the Figure, ICO Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2009 Nude 2009, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY, USA
2008 Pointe Art, GAM Gallery, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
2008 Weatherburn Gallery, Naples, FL, USA
2002 Adam and Eve, Hotel de Paris, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
1996 The Portrait, Museum of Menton, Menton, France
1994 Skulpturenpark, Herzogin Diane Altshausen, Württemberg, Germany
1993 Galerie du Ruisseau, Paris, France
1993 Marie Ferrer Gallery, Winter Park, Florida, USA
1993 Festival Des Arts, Beaulieu-Sur-Mer, France
1992 Monaco Fine Arts, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
1989 Le Genie De La Bastille, Paris, France
1979 Graduation Exhibition, University of Alberta Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB, Canada
1975 The Canadian Arctic, Arctic Art Gallery, Yellowknife, NWT, Canada

Public Installations[edit]

Year Installation
2011 The Vestige, Jardin Exotique, Monaco
2008 Apple P-40, United Nations Association-USA, New York, NY, USA
2006 Virgin Mary, Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts University, Saigon, Vietnam
2005 Faust, Grimaldi Forum, L' Association des Amis de l'Opera de Monte-Carlo
2005 Breast Plate, Monte-Carlo Casino, Monaco
2000 L'Eveil, PLace Du Moulins, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
1998 The Messenger, Fontvieille, Monaco
1995 1989: Emerging Continents, Fontvieille, Monaco
1995 The Bather, Monaco Heliport, Fontvieille, Monaco
1994 Les Atlantes, Fontvieille, Monaco

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Art inspired by landmine victims". BBC news. 2007-11-01. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 

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