Blake Chamberlain is from the Finger Lakes region of New York State, and currently resides in the Seattle metro area. He has been painting for most of his life, developing a unique, bold style that ranges from representational to surreal. He is known for a style of portraiture that utilizes areas of flat color or combines elements of intricate line, pattern, and geometric abstraction to comprise the facial structure of the subject.
In May 2017 Chamberlain had the amazing opportunity to complete a murals project in the Visitor Center at Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY. In 2016 he received a grant from Artist Trust to create his portrait series "Trans American History"-- which honors American transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary activists who have tirelessly worked for social justice and basic civil rights or those who's tragic death spurred and has come to symbolize important transgender activist movements. In 2015 he began Augmented Portraits-- a colorful continuing series that aims to challenge and confront expectations of the human form; its heavily-detailed psychedelic portraits feature unexpected facial attributes. 2014 portrait series, Courageous Individual, celebrated the lives of fearless 20th century figures whose work still impacts today's attitudes. Before that Chamberlain completed Social Visionaries Re-Imagined in 2013-- a series which surveyed important historical figures who worked for social change in central and western New York State during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Overall, Chamberlain's work is energetic and colorful. He is inspired by history, popular culture, literature, and the whims of his imagination.
His work is included in private collections nationwide as well as internationally.