Blaine Fontana

United States

Blaine Fontana
Blaine Fontana
United States
September 22, 2014
Music, Gestalt, .

Imbuing his vision with the divine symbolism of religious myths, worldly folklore and current social dynamics, his works contain a kind of shamanic exploration of meaning that recognizes the totemic quality and power of the image. With extensive experience within the design world, including working as a designer for Felt Bicycles and acting art director for Zero+ Publishing, Fontana’s work displays a virtuosic understanding of sign & simulacra and their role within our contemporary visual culture. Straddling the physical and metaphysical, organic and architectural, painterly and graphic sensibilities, Fontana fuses multiple visual strategies to forge an aesthetic language entirely of his own making.

Blaine Fontana received his BFA in Communication Art/Design from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA in 2002. He was awarded “Best in Show” for his senior thesis project, and is one of only seven distinguished alumni from 2000-2010. He is currently an Advisory Board member for the Northwest College of Art.

His works have been published in a variety of publications, including iDN/Society 6, My Name Is, Sycamore Review, Soul Pancake, Mod Art, Hi-Fructose, and Juxtapoz. He has exhibited nationally in Seattle, Portland, San Diego, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Denver, Austin, Miami, and New York, and internationally in London, Germany, Canada
and Japan.

With his wife and creative partner, he currently runs Fontana Studios, a multi-media art and design studio in Portland, Oregon. He has designed and licensed work for a number of companies including SCION Installation Art Tour, Patagonia, Nike, Toyota, Kid Robot, Upper Playground, Supreme Being, Quiksilver, Ocean Pacific, KFC International, and Arbor Snowboards.  Recently, on May 14th 2011, Blaine was asked to create a custom stage installation for a Portland TEDx talk along with presenting a speech about the project at the event.

Blaine Fontana currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2011“From Portland With Love”
Hellion Gallery,Tokyo, Japan,
2010“The Portland Print show”
19Ten Gallery / Society6, Portland, OR
2010Manifest Equality Gallery Manifest Equality Gallery ,Los Angeles, CA
2010“The Golden Record”Le Basse Gallery, Los Angeles, CA ,
2010“Work For Dinner, Dreams For Dessert”
AMP Gallery/Hellion Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, Solo
2009“Grand Opening”
Fabric8, San Fransisco, CA
2009“The Wood Show”
Together Gallery , Portland, OR
2009“Eco Fest”
The Arbor Collective, Venice, CA
2009“Art Basel”
Art Whino, Miami, FL
2009“Intl. Group Show”
Intoxicated Demons Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2008UntitledArt BaselGroup
2007“Art Basel”
Joshua Liner Gallery, Miami, FL,
2007“Seasonal Detritus”
Lineage Gallery, Philidelphia, PA,
2007“SCION art installation tour”“SCION art installation tour”Group
2007“Taxonomy Animilia”
Limited Addiction Gallery, Denver, CO,
2007“The Hunted”
The Lab 101 Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2006“415 Sedimental Promises”
FIFTY24SF Gallery, San Francisco, CA,
2006“SQ FT” & Curated Group Show
Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
1988 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA,Solo
2006“Butterfly Knife Sonatas”
Distiction Gallery, Escondido, CASolo
2006“Invincibility of Innocence”
OKOK Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
2006“I am 8 Bit vol. 1 & vol.2”, “Remixing the Disney Magic”1988 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA,Group
2006“SCION art installation tour”“SCION art installation tour”Group
2005Untitled Show & Honorarium/Lecture
Viking Union Gallery @ Western WA University, Honorarium/Lecture
Bellingham, WA
2005“SCION art installation tour”“SCION art installation tour”Group
2005ProjectMULTIPLE SHOWS, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2004Create Fixate Collective ShowMULTIPLE SHOWS
2004Cannibal FlowerMULTIPLE SHOWS
2004“The Pineda, Hitzel & Fontana Show”
Treehouse Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
RTEA (Reaching To Embrace Arts) charity event, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2002VOLCOM’s 10 year Anniversary Retrospective Art Show7 Degrees Gallery, Laguna Beach CAGroup