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B.  1968

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019

Cach Cache, Aspen, CO

Habatat Invitational, Detoit, MI

2018

Art Miami, Miami, FL    
Imagine Museum, St Petersburg FL

Ken Saunders Fine Art, Chicago, IL
Lara Rathe Fine Art, Breakthrough, Dallas TX
SOFA Chicago, IL

2017

Laura Rathe Fine Art, "East Meets West", Houston, TX

Habatat Invitational, Detroit, MI

Cube, Brussels, Belgium
Forre Fine Art, Aspen, CO
Art Miami, Heather Gaudio Fine Art, CT

2016

Art Palm Beach,  Palm Beach, FL

Heather Gaudio Fine Art, CT

Habatat Galleries, MI

Art Palm Springs, Duane Reed Gallery, CA

2015

Forre & Co Fine Art, Aspen, CO

SCOPE, Duane Reed Gallery, Miami, FL

Chandra Cerito Gallery, Shattered,  Oakland, CA

Heather Gaudio Fine Art, CT

Art Southhampton, Habatat, NY
2014       

The Crocker Art Museum, California Painters, CA
Habatat Inertnational Invitational, MI
ArtAspen, Duane Reed Gallery, CO
ArtHamptons, Habatatat Galleries, NY
The Dayton Art Museum, Chihuly, Labino and Beyond, OH
Art Miami, Duane Reed Gallery, FL
Art Palm Springs, Duane Reed Gallery, CA
Heather Guadio, New Canaan, CT
SOFA Chicago, Hawk Galleries,  IL
2013  

Art Miam, Miami, FL
Art Palm Beach, FL
Habatat Invitational, MI
Heather Guadio Fine Art, New Canaan, CT
Blue Rain Gallery, Santa fe, NM
 SOFA Chicago, IL
2012        

Art Palm Beach 3, Palm Beach FL
 Duane Reed Gallery, St Louis, MO
 SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL
Hawk Galleries, Solo Show, Columbus, OH
2011        

SOFA New York, NY
Winston Wachter, Seattle, WA
G.A.S.  Seattle, WA
Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, FL
SOFA, Chicago, IL
2010      

 Hawk Galleries, Columbus, OH
SOFA New York, NY
Palm Beach 3, Palm Beach, FL
Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2009        

Art Miami, Miami, FL
Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
SOFA New York, NY
Duane Reed, Solo Show, St. Louis, MO
Friesen Gallery, Solo Show, Sun Valley, ID
Palm Beach3, Palm Beach, FL
SOFA, Chicago, IL
Duane Reed Gallery, Solo Show, St. Louis, MO
2008      Lowe Gallery, Solo, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, CA
Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA
Hawk Galleries, Les Dames du Verre, Columbus, OH
SOFA NewYork, NY
Palm Beach3, Palm Beach, FL
Cervini Haas Gallery, Solo, Scottsdale, AZ    
Winston Wachter. Seattle, WA
SOFA Chicago, IL

2007        

Winston Wachter, Seattle, WA
Habatat Galleries,Tyson’s Corner, VA
SOFA New York, NY
Palm Beach3, Palm Beach, FL
Winston Wachter Gallery, Seattle, WA
SOFA Chicago, IL
R. Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2006        

Cervini Haas Gallery, Solo Show, Scottsdale, AZ
Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL
Duane Reed Gallery, New York, NY
Edmonds Art Museum, Solo Show, Edmonds, WA
Art Miami, Miami
SOFA , New York, NY
SCOPE Art, The Hamptons, NY
Duane Reed Gallery, Solo Show, St. Louis, MO
SOFA Exhibition, Chicago IL
Palm Beach3, Palm Beach, FlL
2005             

SOFA Exhibition, Chicago, IL
Art L.A., Los Angeles, CA
 Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, FL
Art Miami, Miami, FL
2004             

Duane Reed Gallery, New York, NY
William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
SOFA, Chicago, Chicago, IL
Duane Reed Gallery, Group Show, Miami, FL

 

 

Cassandria Blackmore was born in California and spent part of her childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area with her English father and her American mother.  She grew up on a self sustaining farm in Oregon and learned at a very early age that everything had a process. Creativity was integral to existing. This has informed her process oriented work.

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Blackmore is acclaimed for her unconventional approach to reverse painting.  She completed her thesis at Pacific Northwest College of Art exploring Eastern and Western perspectives on art. Her work is collected internationally and exhibited in galleries and museums across the country. Her work is in The Crocker Art Museum, The Imagine Museum, The Portland Art Museum and more.  She is a recipient of the prestigious Hauberg Fellowship for painting. She was honored as the Renwick Smithsonian artist of the month. Cassandria Blackmore is on the Board of Pilchuck.

 

Blackmore's recent commissions include a large scale permanent installation for the lobby of the new Waldorf Astoria. Her work is in the public collections of The Crocker Art Museum, The Fitchburg Museum,  The Bronfman Collection, Imagine Museum, Portland Art Museum, Neiman Marcus Art Permanent Collection,  Lexus Corp.,  University of Washington, MGM Center, Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse, Pacific Central Bank, The Peninsula Collection, City of Seattle, Washington State Arts Commission, The Yellowstone Private Collection,  The Bellagio Collection,  Aria Collection, Deloitte Consulting and more.

 

 

 

Cassandria lives and works in Santa Barbara in a historic building that has been lovingly restored.  The building was built by artists in 1907 as an art studio.  It was the former studio of Diego Rivera, Francis Rich, Albert Herter, Thomas Moran and more.

 

SELECTED  COLLECTIONS
The Crocker Art Museum, California Contemporary Painters

The Fitchburg Museum

Portland Art Museum

Imagine Museum

The Bronfman Collection

Walid Juffali Collection

Washington State Arts Commission 1% For The Arts

MGM Center Collection, Aria, Las Vegas

Waldorf Astoria Major Permanent Installation

Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne

City of Seattle, Permanent Collection

Tom Kyte Collection

University of Washington, Permanent Installation​

Lexus Corp 

Deloitte Consulting Collection

Pacific Central Bank

Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse UW
Starwood Collection, Presidential Suite, Abu Dhabi
St Elizabeth Collection
Presidential Suite Ankara JW, Turkey
Cosmopolitan, Public Collection, Las Vegas, NV
Opryland Collection, Nashville, TN
Neiman Marcus Fine Art Collection
Ritz Carlton
Carol Milgard Center
Seattle University
Washington Square Towers
Evergreen Hospital Permanent Collection
The Peninsula Hotel Collection
Overlake  Collection

PUBLICATIONS

Santa Barbara Magazine, Home is Where The Art Is, 2016

LUXE Magazine, Feature Cover, Contemporary Art and Architecture, 2014
Carmel Magazine, Feature, “Getting a Break in The Art World”, 2013
Eco Salon, "10 California Artists Ready to ChangeThe Way You See The World",2012

San Francisco Chronicle, "Abstract Painter Who Shatters Her Images", June 13, San Francisco, CA, 2011
LUXE Design Dialogue, October 2011
California Homes + Design, July/August 2011
California Homes Magazine, July 2011
San Jose Mercury News, June 2011
LUXE Magazine, Artist Profile, September, Northwest Edition, 2010
Seattle Homes, September, 2010
The New Fillmore, June, San Francisco, CA, 2010
San Francisco Magazine, Best of The Bay, July, San Francisco, CA,  2010
Haute Living SF, May 27th,  San Francisco, CA,  2010
Reside, June 5, San Francisco, CA,  2010
San Francisco Modern Luxury, June, San Francisco, CA,  2010
M Magazine, Hotel d’Art, December, Orlando, FL,  2009
Idaho Arts Quarterly, "Interest and Impact”, Boise, ID,  2009
The Columbus, Show of The Year, Les Dames du Verre, Columbus, OH,  2009
Boise Weekly,  Phoenix Rising Cassandria Blackmore, Boise, ID,  2009
Seattle Homes, September issue, Seattle, WA,  2009
The Columbus Dispatch, March 30, Columbus, OH,  2008
Florida Architecture, spring issue, FL, 2006
Seattle Weekly, Seattle, WA
AWARDS

SOFA Selects
John Hauberg Fellowship, Pilchuck, Stanwood, WA

Renwick Smithsonian, featured Artist of month, Washington D.C.      

EDUCATION
1992   BFA     With a thesis exploring Eastern and                                       Western Perspectives

Pacific Northwest College of Art | museum school, Portland, OR
 

Walking on broken glass.  Ode to Annie Lenox.  -Cassandria Blackmore

"It's the essence of breaking down an image and restoring it to another version of itself that intrigues me".

STATEMENT:
Glass is a smooth, seductive and mysterious substance yet at the same time, a very ordinary substance. It can be as common as a wine glass or it can be a treasured work of art. It's part of our world culture. Glassmaking has been estimated to have been around for over 5,000 years. The same piece of glass can appear to be invisible at one moment and opaque another through its display of reflection. With my work you may, at times, see the painting through the transparent surface while later you might see the reflection of the environment around it thus obscuring the artist's physical mark. Glass is a chameleon of sorts, an illusionist.

There is a water-like quality to glass even though it is impervious to water. The way a brush glides across the smooth surface of the medium is appealing to me. I have always been attracted to the tactile qualities of mosaic, yet drawn to the fluidity of painting. I often wondered if I must choose between the two. I began painting on glass during a period in which I couldn't afford the expensive Italian glass I had become accustomed to. I was going through a tough time. I had moved to Seattle in the middle of a dark, gloomy winter. I was dealing with personal heartache and to top it off, I had no money for art supplies. I recall listening to Etta James while drinking a glass of wine in my Seattle loft when a family photograph caught my eye. It was a portrait of me with my bohemian parents in Berkeley, CA in the late '60s. I really missed them. As I studied the photograph, I noticed the glass in the frame. That was a defining moment. The idea suddenly came to me. What if I remove the glass, paint a self-portrait, shatter it and reassemble it like a puzzle? I was taking what shielded a physical memory from my past and turning it into my present. It was broken and put back together - an allegory for my life at the time. It was the perfect marriage of painting, image making, tactile qualities, reflection and resurrection. The fusion of painting and surface became my medium.

Reverse Painting:  As I create an image, the viewer observes the most intimate of brush strokes. The true original intent of the artist is revealed and can not be covered by additional marks or revisions. Imagine a sheet of glass in between you and me. The first stroke of paint that I put down is the first stroke that you as the viewer sees. It is almost as if the viewer is on the inside of the painting. Whereas if I were painting on canvas my very last stroke would be the first stroke the viewer would see.

My technique is a very permanent and literal way of working. I can't go back and place another stroke on top of the painting with the intention of changing it. Each stroke must be executed
methodically. Reverse painting on glass is like painting on the invisible. Its reverse nature can be complicated, but it's a perfect fit for a dyslexic artist such as myself.

I choose color through mood or sometimes visuals I have observed.  It could be something as simple as a pair of hot pink shoes, or the color of a mushroom growing out of a moss-covered nurse log in the forest. I find inspiration for color palettes all around me. I also find that color in itself can produce emotion. It's interesting to think about colors as emotions and what happens when you combine them within a painting. At times they are charged with tension, yet other times they seem to pacify each other.


It's the essence of breaking down an image and restoring it to another version of itself that intrigues me.
 

 

 

 

Interview with Art Zone:

Figurative and abstract painter Cassandria Blackmore invites us into her studio to talk about the glass shattering process that defines her work.

Produced by Ralph Bevins.

 

 

Copyright Cassandria Blackmore 2019