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.
"Cyclopulus" cover design of May 17 - 23 2017 Edition of The Stranger
Portrait cover design for Riki Wilchin's Burn the Binary!, published Oct. 1, 2017
2017 "Recent Works", Solo Show, LoveCityLove, Seattle, WA. December 14.
2017 "Trans American History and Other New Work", Solo Show, The Pocket Theater, Seattle, WA. September 30 - October 31.
2017 "The Women of Social Visionaries Re-Imagined", Duo Show, Women's Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls, NY. March 1 - April 30.
2017 "Recent Works", Scratch Deli, Duo Show, Seattle, WA April 1 - May 31.
2016 - 17 "Quilts = Art = Quilts", Group Show, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY. October 29 - January 8.
2016 "Artist Trust 30th", Group Show, V2, Seattle, WA. October 5 - 31.
2015 "Circus Tent Art Event", Group Show, Teatro Zinzanni, Seattle, WA. November 17.
2015 "Expressions in Equality", Group Show, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA. January 17 - April 4.
2015 "Basque", Group Show, Coastal Kitchen, Seattle, WA. February 11 - June 4.
2014 "Courageous Individual", Solo Show, The Seward House Museum, Auburn, NY. August 1 - 31.
2014 Solomon Northup Portraits, The 16th Annual Solomon Northup Day Celebration, Saratoga Springs, NY. July, 19.
2013 "Social Visionaries Re-imagined", Solo Show, The Seward House Museum, Auburn, NY. October 1 - 3.
2016 Artist Trust Grant for Artist Projects for "Trans American History"
2017: Murals Project, Women's Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls, NY.
Designed, planned, and executed three murals in the Visitor Center at the National Park site.
For more information, work in progress, and completed project photos, click here.
2016: Illustrations Project, Big Love Pet Food, Remote.
Worked closely with the Chef of Product Development to create illustrations for a new line of single ingredient cat and dog treats. Produced work according to schedule. Product yet to be launched.
2015: Mural Design, Auburn, NY Community Mural Project, Remote.
Designed a large scale vector silhouette image that was outlined and filled within the mural painting process.
2010-2015: Production Painting and Embellishment. Mackenzie-Childs, LLC and Jay Strongwater., Aurora, NY.
Painted upscale decorative pottery, decorative objects, and art pieces.
2010 and 2011: Mural Design. Community Mosaic Project, Auburn, NY.
Conceived original designs for two separate projects. Painted outlines on surface areas as a framework to aid in the placement of the mosaic tiles. Painted a final outline once the mosaic and grout were in place.
2003-2008: Production Painting. Drooz Studio, Skaneateles, NY.
Painted upscale decorative art for the children's market.
2005-2006: Live Action Painting, Spirits Tavern, Auburn, NY.
Produced whole paintings during the sets of bands American Monster Band and Teenager. Work was auctioned immediately after.