Kyle Blumenthal
Freedom of the Dancing Soul in Blue
mixed media
4 feet 7 inches x 10 feet 6 inches for each panel
A painting that appears to run and drip in mid air of a dancer. The dancer is suspended in mid air. This is an Interactive/Collage Painting that invites the viewer to touch lightly. It creates light paintings on the wall behind it as if it were stained glass.


Kyle grew up in East Northport, New York. She studied Illustration and Advertising at the High School of Art and Design. Kyle received a BFA in Painting and Art Education from Pratt Institute, an MA and MFA in Painting from C.W. Post College. She was a member of the Art/Art History faculty at Empire State College for twelve years. Her work has been written about in Arts Magazine, Newsday, The New York Times and Art News. Kyle simultaneously works in many disciplines. Primarily painting with oil on canvas she also works as a Designer of Theatrical Installations for dance. She incorporates the ethereal superimposed upon the material as a concept she strives to convey in her work. Kyle cultivates a large flower garden at her home, which supplies inspiration and resource for her creative works. Exhibition venues include the Harkness House Gallery (NYC), The Long Island Museum (Stony Brook, New York), Islip Art Museum (East Islip, New York), Museum of American Illustration (NYC), Sodarco Gallery (Montreal, QC), Guild Hall (East Hampton, New York), Staller Center for the Arts Stage (Stony Brook State University) and the Kean Mason Gallery (New York). She teaches Painting, Pastel Painting and leads a Portfolio program at the Nassau County Museum of Art (Roslyn, New York). Kyle lives with her family in Stony Brook, New York.

Artist Statement

My series "Hope" is inspired by spiritual visions I see before I open my eyes in the morning and at times in meditations. Birds in flight with outstretched wings, wild flower fields, sunflowers, gardens, Theatrical Installations, costumes and fantasy figures, all appear in the large paintings that comprise the "Hope" series. I often portray unity in separation in my subject matter through the use of divided canvases. Regardless of what I am painting I use my entire body as I move across the canvases. I paint with oils on canvas and scrim and at times incorporate fabrics and light. The combinations of transparencies, translucent and opaque materials in my work reflect the ethereal and material.
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