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Recent figurative oil paintings by Tina Blondell may be viewed at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin through April 21st, 2013. Opening reception Friday, March 22nd, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

Phipps Center for the Arts
109 Locust Street
Hudson, WI 54016
Mon - Sat 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Sun Noon-4:30 pm

Chinese Take-Out by Tina Blondell
Chinese Take-Out (2012) 51" x 38"

these boots are made for walking

These Boots Are Made for Walking was selected as the cover image of the October, 2012 Minnesota Women's Press. An associated article about Tina and her work may be found here.

This painting is on display at the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University through December 20th, 2012. Artist reception 6-8 PM on November 10th. Tina will speak at an artist panel 6:30-8 PM on December 4th.

The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
M-F 8-8, S-S Noon-6


These Boots Are Made For Walking
oil on board (2007)


Hopkins Center for the Arts presents:
The Elusive Americans
Oil paintings by Tina Blondell

22 Sept through October 21st, 2012
opening night Saturday, September 22nd, 6-8 PM

the down side of up

Tina is selected to City Pages "100 Creatives" list

Lace & Gunpowder is reviewed on Minnesota Public Radio's Art Hounds.

Review starts at the 1:45 mark

Lace & Gunpowder: The Male/Female Art Exhibition
January 13th through February 17th, 2012
Inez Greenberg Gallery, Bloomington Center for the Arts


EXHIBITION: Premier of the The Elusive Americans series
October 21, 2011, 7:30–10:30pm
October 22, 2011, 2:00-5:00pm

Open Event at Tina Blondell Studio
4150 Dight Avenue, #110
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Antimony as Nubia 2011 by Tina Blondell

Walking directions from the 38th Street LRT Station (A) to Tina Blondell Studio (B)

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Antimony as Nubia (2011) oil on panel 36" x 48"

Tina Blondell's current work focuses on exploring the human experience through the heroic and passionate figures inhabiting the margins of American culture - the elusive Americans. She found this shift in perspective also demanded a medium change to oils. Through them she is more able to fully express the figures, both men and women, in life-size format. 

At present, many of the models, themes, and subjects comprising the series are regionally specific to the upper Midwest. However, she will expand her range of subjects to include those in other U.S. regions as well as Americans living abroad. These works are a visual dialogue about what it means to be "American," and the protean nature of that identity. 
The Elusive Americans is a story of infinite possibilities. Her visual journey is not the canonical historical narrative to be found in public school books, nor is it the official history of North American art; instead, she explores the American experience from a personal perspective. Many of her current paintings dispel negative stereotypes while celebrating the remarkable diversity of Americans. 

Blondell's goal is to expand this body of work in order to explore the unacknowledged lives of those who occupy the geographical and cultural periphery – those elusive Americans whose lives collectively represent part of the rich tapestry of the American experience. Through it, she is documenting the existence of a variety of Americans omitted from mainstream media and the halls of power.

Beware Her Wiles: Woman as Temptress in the Rennaissance Tradition

Saturday, August 14, 2010—Sunday, December 12, 2010
Gallery 344, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Free Exhibition

Certain pairings from the Bible, antiquity, and history came to represent the Power of Women theme in literature and the visual arts, including: Samson, who loved the Philistine woman Delilah so desperately that he told her the secret of his strength, opening himself to attack; Solomon, who was induced by one of his pagan wives to forsake God and worship false idols; David, so helplessly attracted to Bathsheba that he committed adultery with her and had her husband killed; Salome, who danced so prettily for Herod that he granted her request for the head of St. John the Baptist; and Judith, who secured the trust of the Assyrian general Holofernes, the enemy of her people, then cut off his head in the dead of night.

The works in this exhibition are mostly by northern Renaissance artists such as Lucas van Leyden and Hans Burgkmair, but it also includes more recent examples, among them Alphonse Mucha's Salome from L'Estampe Moderne (1897) and a work in watercolor and acrylic by Tina Blondell (after Gustav Klimt) from 1999, titled I'll Make You Shorter by a Head (Judith I). Most works are drawn from the MIA's permanent collection, along with loans from The Thrivent Financial Collection of Religious Art.

"Living on the Outside of Your Skin"

Gustav Klimt and Tina Blondell Show Us Judith

by Sarah Henrich

published in:

Visual Theology: Forming and Transforming the Community through the Arts

Edited by Robin M. Jensen and Kimberly J. Vrudny

Liturgical Press, St. John's Abbey, Collegeville, MN

Tina's painting "Urban American Gothic" was awarded second place at the 2009 Midwest Biennial in Wausau, Wisconsin


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