Thursday, June 24, 2010

"Mental Dilemma Dinner Party" - 12' x 5' installation

Last Saturday I had an opening at the Compound Gallery here in Portland, OR. It featured a 12' x 5' piece made of 60 12" x 12" individual ones. The backgrounds were all new designs I created and burnt onto silk screens, painted them over, then sanded out the layers. Conceptually this about my psyche and techniques represented in fragmented realities.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Art Opening/Print Release/Watch Release Event at Compound Gallery


"ALL OF ME IN PIECES":The Artwork of Blaine Fontana
Saturday June 19th 2010 @ 7:00pm | Curated by Matt Wagner

Art opening that will feature a new 11' x 5' piece composed of 55 individual boards. Two new hand pulled & hand finished screen prints will be available at the opening first. Lastly, the release of my Vannen Ltd. Edition Watch. A free giclee print is being offered to the first 6 people who purchase the watch.

Looking forward to seeing everybody!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Photos from Open studio event

Last Friday night, we hosted along with over a dozen other studios in the building, an open house event. It seemed like well over 300 people came through that evening. In a rare opportunity to open my doors to the public, it was surreal as much as it was a pleasure to meet numerous fans, and guests. A "good time: band of 10 even rocked the entire night right down the hall from us. Dj's, kegs, wine, art and performance was brimming all around the building.

the early crowd

i live for these little moments

"and a dash of humanity compliments your pizza painting"

with my neighbor, friend, and fellow talented artist in front of his installation in his studio, Zach Johnsen

my buddy and apprentice Noah Thorne

studio mate Tatina Wills of famed Heroes & Villains and Matt the curator from Compound Gallery

we had a projector on deck showing random projects from all four of us all night

it was a beutiful evening in Portland. the view from our office window

sophie, the elevator ambassador was on hand all night

with out her, i'd be lost

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Open Studio Event in Portland,OR

If you live or find yourself in Portland, OR on Friday, June 11th, my building will be hosting an Open Studio event. Over 20 artists, designers, and crafts people will be opening their doors to the public for a night of art, wine, food and cheer. Located at the historic North Coast Seed Building and built in 1911, it has a wonderfully rich history. The original scales, freight elevator and old growth timber beams proliferate the units. If you are fan of local art, design and architecture I invite you to check out the other studios, and say hi.

more historical info on the seed building

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Arrested Motion Interview

the good folks at the famed arrested motion blog recently posted an interview on their site. trust me when i say, i revealed a lot of what's happened over the last 3 years, and provided in depth details about my recent body of work. thanks a bunch sven for presenting thorough, researched, and challenging questions.

arrested motion / blaine fontana

photo courtesy of arrested motion

Thursday, April 22, 2010

paint installation

what's this? who's that? where's he looking? you'll just have to come to my solo show this Saturday night at LeBasse Projects gallery in culver city. really looking forward to seeing everyone!!

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

LA solo show

"The Golden Record"
A Solo Show at Le Basse Projects Gallery
Featuring all new art by Blaine Fontana
April 24th - May28th
6023 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

patience is not a virtue, it's a sore neck and hand

As I mentioned before, I've used a lot of letraset materials in this new work. Point in case, I spent 5 hrs today doing this all by hand. Futura, Cooper black, pioneer fonts with dots.

Posted by ShoZu

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New moody pallette

Before I begin a new body of work, I'll develop a color family on the computer and later create the dozens of colors to keep a graphic color harmony with all the works based on those selected pantones. Looking at some of these jars reminds me how much my pallete has changed, darker, softer, and less saturated. I suppose it's an unconcious affect living in the NW for several years now.

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the Letraset collection

upon moving into the new studio I finally organize my rare collection. I came upon these at my art school senior year. there was a 15' wide closet filed balls to walls with thousands of these things. and get this...they were going to throw them away. so my wife and I pilaged the collection withas much as we can carry. having them organized now, I released the hounds and reintroduced these back into my recent work.

if you ate scratching your head, these are those little rub off letters you'll find at art stores. except my collection is macho city, with dingbats, patterns, and NUMEROUS fonts.

Posted by ShoZu

Sunday, April 11, 2010

LA solo show in 2 weeks

I'm about to wrap up my first solo show in 3 years. in a week I'll be driving down with my wife and our 2 dogs from Portland, OR. now that I found a reliable app to post progress and the adventure on my phone, I'll do my best to post a daily entry for the next several weeks.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I was very close to becoming victim of an art buying scam

last week i was very close to being scammed for thousands of dollars. someone expressed interest in buying one of my pieces, coincidently, it was available, for the right price and right person. he had written the title, and all other pertinent information in the email. the check was mailed and things were smoothly moving forward. when the check arrived i let the buyer know, and thats when the weirdness started. first, my gut felt the check was shaky to the touch and look. second, when he(or she, or an entire asshole collective, who fucking knows)found out the check arrived i was instructed with a bunch of eccentric shipping directions and the check had been written for twice the amount. he had instructed to wire the extra money to his "shipper" through western union. he claimed he was moving to london and had a family friend taking care of all his moving affairs.

thats the scam, and kinda clever. you take your cut for the sale of the piece after the check clears and wire the rest. several days later your fucked and the confidence man now has a wad of cleaned cash.

fortunately, my bank is very aggressive with holding checks and verifying funds over several days. my manager was on this every day with the bank making sure it was legit.

this is a new scam, art world beware!!! more info from

Beware of Scammers contacting our Members

Beware Artlanow Members of scammers! We received today an email from one of our members who was contacted by “Stan.” Though we cannot read the replies written by artist Arline, the chain of messages she received reveal the stereotype temptations proffered by the fraudulent schemers who plague many of the internet sites exhibiting art for sale. Member Arline wrote:

I have had email messages from a "Stan Thomas" with an inquiry about buying one of my paintings that is on artlanow website. It is a scam. He wants to send a certified check (I've heard that before), and pay the shipping himself to a foreign country. He didn't say which one. Asked for my address and phone number. I replied, saying that I’d never ever sell a piece to a buyer who did not see it personally. He answered to tell me his shipper would inspect it, and could I send my address and phone number. (Yeah, right). I haven't yet let on that I know it's a scam. I just may confuse him some more. I'll forward his messages to you. You'll note that his grasp of the English language is off. That was the first clue.

Use this information any way you think best. Happy New Year to All !! Arline

Hello, Good day to you over there, My name is Stan thomas and i hope this message finds you well.I was going through your works and my eyes caught...., i will like to have them for my new apartment this month. please let me know if the piece is available, if yes let me have the detailed price and more information about it. i will be waiting to read from you asap.

Kind Regards.


Thanks for the message, I am very happy to know that the Pieces is still available for sale. i must tell you i am very much interested in the immediate purchase.I will like to let you know that your payment will be in form of a Certified Check.You dont have to worry about packing, insurance and tax because my shipper will be in the best position to do that as soon as you get the payment.This is because i will be traveling out of the country any moment from now for a business proposal.So get back to me with the information needed to send you the payment I:E :

Full Name
Standard Address
Phone number
Asking price reconfirmation


so that i can proceed in the payment arrangement, consider it sold get back to me asap with needed information.


Its okay but i would have love to do this myself but due to my kind of job,my shipper will be the one to handle the whole of the pieces he will be coming to inspect it and at the same time picking it up for me. so do consider it sold and get back to me with your name and address with your phone # for me to proceed with the payment.

Will await your message. Stan.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

PDX print show @ 19TEN gallery tonight(March 6th)

We have installed a real treat for portland print hounds and art addicts. Mark Searcy, respected curator, designer and co founder of art prostitute along with Society 6, have created a beautiful print collection that is inspired by portland. Local and International, the artists produced whimsical, serious, hilarious, clever, and thoughtful artwork that represents PDX truthfully.

Hope to see all the portland art lovers at the show tonight!

1910 N Killingsworth
Portland, OR 97217

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

New Massive Attack Video - "Splitting the Atom"

Massive Attack-Splitting the Atom-directed by Edouard Salier from edouard salier on Vimeo.

For me its just been way to long since a new massive attack album. Their "Heligoland" demonstrates a ton of creative growth, and yet still gives a nod to their older work, respectively. This video, directed by Edouard Salier, is simply stunning. I feel the band's integrity choosing progressive directors and very unique video direction/concept just makes this band that much better, and one of the best bands out there today. I've watched this numerous times now, and every time i find something new in this cold apocalypse. The video compliments the cold feeling and vacant noise on the track beautifully.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Feb 6th Opening featuring Dan Ness @ 19TEN

19TEN is Overlooks only gallery featuring Portland's brightest and youngest talents. Come join us for the reception featuring the work of Portland artist, Dan Ness.

Curated by Blaine Fontana, a full time artist and designer who resides in Overlook Village/Portland OR

1910 N Killingsworth
Portland, OR 97217
6pm - 9pm
Artists reception:
Saturday 6 - 9 pm Feb 6th

*New Deal Distillery will be providing cocktails

Show runs:
Feb 6th - March 3rd
*available for appointment after opening

Monday, January 25, 2010

Ltd. Edition silk screen prints, 3 versions, hand available

A project like this has been on my to do list for a long time. Now having completed it, I'm sure to be doing some more in the future. I simply am really stunned by the quality and very proud to offer these screen prints. A lot of love and details were put into these, especially the hand finished series. There are 3 unique editions each with different colors. Print 1 is ONLY the screens, 17 ltd. editions,$150. Print 2 has a hand finished washed acrylic background, 7 ltd. editions, $200. Finally, print 3 has a washed and unique screen background, plus a lot of hand finished detailed rendering on the face and additional textures around the print, 9 ltd. editions, $300.