Lot 410 - Zena Blackwell - The Final Chapter
Oil on Canvas
A6 (15x10cm) Original Artwork
Signed on Verso
Zena Blackwell is a painter based in Cardiff, Wales, UK. Returning to painting in 2016 following a break from the medium she won first prize at the Cardiff MADE Summer Exhibition in 2017, presenting her first solo show consisting of over 30 paintings and drawings there the year after. The exhibition, ‘Seen Not Heard’, was included in a weekly list of the top 5 UK exhibitions by a-n and Wales Arts Review included it in a top 10 list of the best Welsh Visual Arts for 2018. In 2019 she won 3rd prize at ‘PAINT’, an open painting prize at PS Mirabel in Manchester.
Her work is held in the National Library of Wales’ permanent collection and in private collections around the World.
Zena has been selected to take part in The Other Art Fair, London, this October.
Zena founded the instagram blog Contemporary Cymru in 2017 and between 2003-2011, she co-founded a critically acclaimed live music event in London.
Turps Banana Correspondence Course
MA Fine Art Central Saint Martins
BA Fine Art Wimbledon College of Art
Shortlisted for BEEP Painting Prize 2022
Shortlisted for Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021
Third Prize Winner PAINT at PS Miracle, Manchester 2019
First Prize Winner at the Cardiff MADE Summer Exhibition 2017
BEEP Painting Prize 2022, Elysium Gallery
A Generous Space, Hastings Contemporary, Hastings
A Room of Her Own, Irving Contemporary, Oxford
A Women's Place is Everywhere, The Cello Factory, London A Delicate Balance - Solo Show at Canfas, Cardigan
Y Lle Celf, National Eisteddfod, Tregaron, Cardigan
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
My work deals with various themes pertaining to childhood, be it from my own experience of childhood and parenthood or general observations of my own two children. I am interested in the evolving dynamics between them and me; their relationship with the environment, animals and the World in general (and all that it presents).
Children can be strange but beautiful and also funny but melancholy. The presence of children in my work provides glimpses into imagination, fantasy; story telling and sometimes surrealism, Identity and gender definitions.
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