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Mary Lou Blackledge


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"Angel's Flight"

24 x 24

Acrylic on Birch Panel

Mary Lou Blackledge began painting professionally 40 years ago while living in France. She specialized in highly-detailed architectural street scenes. In 1980, Blackledge returned to her home state of Colorado where she produced increasingly abstract landscapes and began experimenting with bold color harmonies. In 2000, she was invited to exhibit at the Biennial "Windows to the Divine" show, a significant opportunity which encouraged her to source her work from her imagination rather than from the physical world. In the last 20 years, Blackledge has created a large body of experimental and color-centric abstract paintings. She has had two solo exhibits in the last 10 years and has completed many significant commissioned works. She has studied under Homare Ikeda at the Art Student's League.

Mary Lou Blackledge's work has been collected internationally and in the United States. Her work is in several public collections and many private collections.

"At first glance, my work appears purely abstract - color, form and texture," Blackledge says. "But look again and you will discover many realist elements hidden within the composition: faces, figures, animals, landscape vignettes, and architectural elements. These visual cues will lead you on a journey into your own imagination. So, explore ? open your mind ? and along the way, you may be surprised at what you see!"

Mary Lou Blackledge