Thursday, February 20, 2014

Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life

When I was a girl, I fell in love with darkness.
~ Artist Cathie Bleck

Cathie Bleck, Riding on the Hope Horse, 2009
Inks, Handmade Pigments on Clay Board Panel
12" x 12"
© Cathie Bleck

Today, I'm back at Escape Into Life, where I'm privileged to post a new Artist Watch feature. The spotlight is on the wonderful, internationally known "storyteller" in art Cathie Bleck, an artist who is particularly adept in the use of clay board, a product in which kaolin clay is layered thinly over archival masonite museum board. (See Process for information about clay board and how Bleck uses it). The recipient of a Gold Medal from the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, New York City, Bleck is in many public and private collections.

I have long been impressed with Bleck's vigorous and masterful and hugely dramatic evocations of the natural world. She achieves a remarkably fluid line amid an often-astonishing degree of detail and a finely attuned sense of the interplay between light and dark. Her imagery is a visual feast.

In addition to limited-edition prints of her work, Bleck recently has shown her FaceBook followers a line of pillows bearing her signature artworks. She's designed two stamps commissioned by  the U.S. Postal Service: "Deer Stamp" (2013) and "Pineapple Stamp", and was commissioned to produce a World Ocean Day (2012) poster for the U.S. State Department. She currently is showing in "Filtered: What Does Love Look Like" at Friesen Gallery.

Please join me at Artist Watch to enjoy recent new work.

"Scratchboard Artist Cathie Bleck" at Mark Murphy's Scribble08 (Murphy's post includes images of some of Bleck's work in the group show "Filtered: What Does Love Look Like", on view through March 9 at Idaho's Friesen Gallery.)

Gwyneth Vitello Interview with Cathie Bleck, Juxtapoz Magazine, July 31, 2012

Cathie Bleck on FaceBook and Twitter