NYFA MARK Alumni
Kyle Blumenthal
Sunflowers Rising
2010
oil on scrim
38 inches x 86 inches
I grow my own sunflowers. I have a large flower garden where I grow flowers for reference to be reinterpreted in my paintings. The sunflower is my favorite flower to paint as it has so much personality and character that changes as it goes through it's life cycles. I would like to paint a mural of glorious sunflowers for a public space. "Sunflowers Rising" has roots to ground the viewer as it lightens and gives hope in renewal.

Bio

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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