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Artist's Statement

I am passionate about the formal tools of art; line, shape, color, form, texture and light. I often work in series, taking inspiration from music, architecture, the world around me.  I will usually work with one or two of the formal tools during an entire series of 20 to 50 paintings.  The goal of my work is to capture the harmony and beauty in these seemingly simple elements and reflect that back to the viewer.  My paintings are built up of many, many layers of paint with an eye to translucent color and luminosity and a thirst for strong design.  

"I want painting to be my flashlight." Squeak Carnwath   

Biography

Tesia Blackburn was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and went to elementary school in Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon. She attended high school in New Mexico and then moved to San Francisco.

Tesia has been a working artist in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years. In 2002 NextMonet Inc., signed Tesia to produce prints of several of her paintings. In 2000 she was hired by Golden Artist Colors, as the Golden Working Artist in San Francisco. Her work is collected both locally and internationally with patrons as far away as Tokyo.

She received her BFA from the Academy of Art in 1984, studied lithography at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1990 and received her Master's of Art in 1992 at John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California.

Collections

Brigham Young University

Kaiser Permanente Hospital

Rigel Pharmaceuticals

Bellevue Towers 

Numerous private collections

Selected Exhibitions

2017    thINK Arthouse, Sacramento CA
2015     Transmission Gallery, "Variations on Abstraction" Oakland, CA
2014    UCSF National Center of Excellence, "Serenity - Blackburn and Friends" (Curator)
    Red Dot Gallery "Tesia Blackburn - Wonderland"  Sacramento CA (One person show)
2013     Transmission Gallery "Layers", Oakland CA
2012     601 Townsend "Fire and Rain - Blackburn and Friends"  San Francisco CA (Curator)
    Blackburn and Lee – Gallery 2110 Sacramento CA
2011    Abstract 2000-2012 – Sacramento Temporary Contemporary
2010    Angular Architectural – Artists of Hunter’s Point – Atrium Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    Winter Blue Group Show, Marion Meyer Gallery
    Introductions, 20th Street Art Gallery
    Something Red, Marion Meyer Gallery
    Introductions, 20th Street Art Gallery
2006    Walnut Creek City Hall – Walnut Creek, CA  “Tesia Blackburn”  (One person show)
2005    Walnut Creek Civic Arts – Walnut Creek, CA  “Tesia Blackburn”  (One person show)
2005    Saint John’s College – Santa Fe, NM    “Blackburn/Klabunde/Zavada“
2003    Thoreau Center San Francisco – Tesia Blackburn “World Mountain House” (One person show)
    Blair Carnahan Gallery, Santa Fe, NM Invitational Monoprint Show; 
    Hutchinson Art Center, Hutchinson, KS Tesia Blackburn - Art in the Heartland  - (One person show); 
    525 Market, San Francisco, CA  (Two Person Show); Mad River Post, San Francisco CA
2000     Starbucks on the Plaza –Santa Fe, NM (One person show); Picasso’s Piccolo, Madrid, NM (One person show) 
1999     Alpha Group Art Tesia Blackburn - Image and Energy: Recent Work (One person show); 
    SITE Santa Fe, Monomarathon Gala Opening
1998     Artisans’ Gallery, Mill Valley CA Small Works
1997     Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA Women's Celebration
1996     San Jose, CA Tapestry in Talent  Berkeley, CA Live Oak
    Artistes Gallerie, Sacramento, CA Introductions: Letizell/Blackburn, (Two person show) 
1995     Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA Women's Celebration
1992     John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, CA Annual Open House; 
    Back Room Gallery, Sacramento, CA Private Obsessions
1991     I Gallery, Sacramento, CA Three Bad A's: Aids, Apartheid, Armament
1990     Two Penny Gallery Sacramento, CA Lost Angels
1989     Garden Silks Sacramento, CA Faces No Names; Accurate Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA Collectors Exhibition;
    John Beggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA Hospitality House Fourth Annual Auction
1988     Alonso/Sullivan Gallery Seattle, WA Newell/Blackburn (Two person show) 
    Seattle, WA Visual Artists Against Aids
    Hospitality House, San Francisco, CA Perspectives
    Accurate Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA Just When Things Don't Figure
    Accurate Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA Women Artists 1988
1987     Alonso/Sullivan Gallery, Seattle, WA 18/200 Small Formats
    Arts Council of San Mateo Belmont, CA Bay Arts-Eighth Annual Juried Exhibition
    Alonso/Sullivan Gallery, Seattle, WA Eroticism: West Coast Expression
1985     Bay Area Lawyers for the Arts, San Francisco, CA Benefit Auction
1984     San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA Celebration of Form
 

Lectures/Teaching

2000-Present    Certified Golden Working Artist, Golden Artist Colors, New Berlin, NY

1993-Present    Hunters Point Studio: Abstract Painting, Business of Art, Printmaking, Acrylic Painting
2003-7    San Francisco City College, Walnut Creek Civic Arts, Northbay Artworks, San Luis Obispo Art Center
2002    Amsterdam Art- Berkeley, CA;  Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM; San Francisco City College, San Francisco, CA; Pacific Art Center, Walnut Creek, CA ; Art and Clay, Santa Fe, NM
2001     Amsterdam Art- Berkeley CA; Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA; San Francisco City College, San Francisco, CA; Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA; Wichita Center for the Arts,   Wichita, KS; Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM ; Art and Clay, Santa Fe NM;  Randall Museum, San Francisco, CA;Art and Clay (Children) – Santa Fe, NM Printmaking Summer Camp;  Community College of Santa Fe, NM
1999    Richmond  Art Center (Children), San Francisco, CA ; Community College of Santa Fe, NM; Art and Clay (Children) Santa Fe, NM - Printmaking Summer Camp; 
1996     City College of San Francisco, CA, Printmaking without a Press
1993-5  Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA,Printmaking without a Press
1992     Bayview Senior Center, Instructor, San Francisco, CA
1991     Letterman Army Hospital, Oncology Ward, Instructor, San Francisco, CA