Tom Blodgett (1940 - 2012):
Faces, Figures, and Phantoms—A Partial Self-Portrait
Curated by Craig Spilman
September 30 - October 31, 2020
Watch Craig Spilman give a Facebook Live Talk on Blodgett's work - Friday, Oct 2nd at 11am PST:
Karin Clarke Gallery is pleased to present the first major gallery exhibit of Tom Blodgett’s work in 30 years. The striking art of this Oregon native ranges from vivid, imaginative portraits to impressionistic landscapes and intricate, dreamlike scenes of people and animals. This deeply personal artistic vision, combined with Blodgett’s exceptional drawing skills, resulted in works of intense imagination and technical brilliance.
Born in Oregon City, Oregon in 1940, Blodgett received his undergraduate degree in art from Lewis and Clark College in Portland in 1962 and Master of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon in 1966. He studied under the important Oregon painter David McCosh and the internationally known painter, printmaker, and teacher Jack Wilkinson, who proved to be Blodgett’s most influential mentor.
Blodgett was an instructor in the Division of the Arts at Lane Community College, teaching basic and advanced courses in design, drawing, painting, figure study and visual arts. He also taught at the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, the Museum of Art School in Portland, Maude Kerns Art Center, and his own studio in Eugene. He had a reputation as a charismatic and inspiring teacher who challenged students to see art in a new way. During his later years, Blodgett continued to mentor a number of devoted students in his studio. He died in 2012 at the age of 72.
For this special and rare exhibit, Artist and Curator Craig Spilman has selected twenty-four powerful drawings and paintings from the Tom Blodgett estate. In addition, a large selection of his smaller drawings will be available to purchase unframed. There will be a virtual gallery talk and tour by Spilman early in the exhibit. Follow the gallery’s website and Facebook page for up to date information on this and other events. The gallery is maintaining regular hours of Wednesday through Friday from noon to 5:30 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm, and art collectors are welcome by appointment as well.