Michelle Blade is a visual artist  who has shown nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Center for Contemporary Arts; Santa Fe, The Bonnefantenmuseum; Netherlands, Jack Hanley Gallery, Southern Exposure; San Francisco, Western Exhibitions; Chicago, Roberts & Tilton; LA and The Torrance Art Museum, among others. Her work has been featured in The NY Times Magazine, The LA Times, The Paris Review, Juxtapoz, The California Sunday Magazine, and Art Maze Mag. Blade holds a BA from Loyola Marymount and an MFA from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco. She currently lives and works in LA.

Blade’s current body of work focuses on introspective narratives set in charged, nature based landscapes. Collecting intimate moments from her life as inspiration, these works begin as numerous sketches in a notebook before being transferred onto Satin or Poplin. Once the painting process has begun Blade applies atmospheric layers of paint which bleed, bloom and abstract the original image. The abstraction which continually evolves during the painting process, moves the energy of the image beyond language and toward metaphor. The figures become intertwined with the landscape through her mark making; serving as a physical placeholder for the invisible. This transformation brings elements of magical realism into the image, creating an opportunity to reinterpret the essence of the everyday.


Michelle Blade
b. 1981, LA, CA

MFA, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, Ca, 2008
BA, Loyola Marymount, LA, Ca, 2003

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2020: Into the Forest, Wilding Cran Gallery, LA, CA
2020: Viewing Room / Odd Ark, LA
2019: Pansy, Nationale, Portland, OR
2017: Partnerlook, Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA
2016: Gentle Existential, Brilliant Champions, Brooklyn, NY
2015: If The Spirit Moves You, PATA PDX, Portland, OR
2014: Gathering Into Being, CULT Exhibitions, SF, CA
2013: 366 Days of the Apocalypse, CCA, Santa Fe, NM
2012: Hanging Fire, Carter & Citizen, Los Angeles, CA
2011: Cast & Cascade, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
2010: Nigredo, Albeo, Citrinitas, Rubedo, Bravin Lee Gallery, NYC
2009: Blow As Deep As You Can Blow, Triple Base, SF, CA
2008: The Elliptical Good-Kind, Jack Hanley, San Francisco, CA

Selected Group Exhibition

2020: It’s a Sad & Beautiful World, Wilding Cran, LA
2020: Poem from Home, Jacob’s West, LA
2020: Track 16, If Everything is an Outrage, Los Angeles
2019: The Pitt / Binder of Women, Collectio Release, LA
2018: Project Space, David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, Co
2017: A Way to Say, Chandran Gallery
2017: New Suns, Bonnefantenmuseum, Netherlands
2016: Ritual Night, Left Field Gallery, San Louis Obispo, CA
2016: Metagalactic, David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, Co,
2015: No Matter New Matter, Ed. Varie, NY, NY
2014: Decade of Decadunce, Cinders, Brooklyn, NY
2013: Aftergow, Saint Mary's College Museum of Art, CA
2013: Drawing Down the Moon, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA
2013: Sunbeams, Art Speak, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2013: The Modern Monster, Queen's Nails, San Francisco, Ca
2012: Immaterial, Mark Wolfe Gallery, San Francisco, Ca
2011: Domestic Goods, Eric Firestone Gallery, Hampton, NY
2011: Unseen, Torrence Art Museum, Torrence, Ca
2010: Grey Day, Roberts & Tilton, LA, Ca.
2010: Chapel, Conduit Gallery, Dallas TX,
2010: Alchemy, Southern Exposure, SF, CA
2009: Hot and Cold, Baer Ridgeway, SF, CA
2008: New Wave, Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles
2008: White Noise Drawn Together, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen

Awards & Residencies:

FB AIR Program, Menlo Park, 2015
Aurobora Press Residency, San Francisco, 2012
Children's Creativity Museum Artist in Resident, 2011
ProArts 2x2 Artist Grant, 2011
Alternative Exposure, Southern Exposure Grant, 2010
Murphy-Cadogan Fellowship, 2007