Nancy Blum is known for her large-scale botanical drawings and public artworks. She started off as a maker in ceramics, pursuing an MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her education instilled in her a reverence for the values of craft, which complimented interests in devotional artwork of and botanical illustrations.
Blum’s botanical drawings invite the audience to experience aspirational ecosystems. The many plant species depicted, woven with colored pencil and ink into irreducible tapestries on paper would not traditionally flourish in the same ecosystem. But in this world, they create an environment of inclusivity, a vision built atop careful attention to form, embodying the essence of plant intelligence as a vital force. This in turn heightens Blum’s ability to express the invisible: the animating power of life, asking, how do we thrive together? This question is at the core of her studio and public art practices.
Blum’s ongoing series, ‘Black Drawings’ continues to explore the interconnectivity of all living things. The works represent a realm beyond the visible, providing a link between the cave and the soil, both mysterious realms of the collective unconscious. The works further reflect Blum’s own practice of meditation that has led the artist towards an investigation visioning consciousness, science, and abstraction.
Blum’s drawings and sculptures have been represented in numerous exhibitions at galleries and other venues across the US such as the Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNC Greensboro; the International Print Center, New York; and the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, VA, and Ricco Maresca Gallery in New York City. Blum’s work is held in two dozen private and public collections, including the World Ceramic Exposition Foundation in Icheon, South Korea; the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; and the Boise Art Museum.
BOUNTEOUS | A Group Exhibition26 Mar - 21 May 2022 Quint Gallery | 7655 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, LA JOLLA | 7722 GirardBOUNTEOUS, a group show, will take over both La Jolla locations (7655/7722 Girard Avenue) from March 26 through May 21. The exhibition will be a vibrant conversation between many of...
A Large Group of Small Artworks at 7722 Girard Avenue11 Dec 2021 - 15 Jan 2022 LA JOLLA | 7722 GirardTo close out our 40th year, Quint Gallery is using the 7722 Girard Avenue gallery to show a large grouping of small works, including painting, photography, drawing, and sculpture. Doors...
Summer Group Show31 Jul - 1 Sep 2021 Quint Gallery | 7655 Girard Avenue, La JollaQuint Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition of painting, sculpture, photography, and collage, on view from July 31 - September 4, 2021. Adam Belt ● Nancy Blum ●...