DeLong, Blaise

Byzantium, 2015 acrylic and oil on canvas 24″ x 30″

Blaise DeLong was born in Niagara Falls Ontario. DeLong studied at the New School of Art in Toronto during it’s heyday in the late 1960’s with the leading artists of the period including the “Isaacs Gang”, Gordon Rayner, Dennis Burton and in particular Robert Markle. Jack Bush also offered enthusiastic encouragement to the young artist.

DeLong travelled extensively with her late husband, the painter David Bolduc, and set up studios in Paris, Essaouira, Zancudo and Biscay Bay NL as well as in Montreal and Toronto. Her work can be found in private and public collections in Toronto, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Los Angeles, New York, Calgary and Vancouver.

Blaise DeLong’s work has been critically described as “both thoughtful and intuitively sensuous. Her paintings have a sense of inevitability as if they had grown spontaneously from a long meditation.”

In the artist’s words, “Colour is what my painting is about and the forms it takes arise intuitively. Although my paintings are about themselves and record the process of their making, references to my surroundings slip into the work and begin to shape its direction. Frenetic grids speak of the geometry of urban architecture, while vertical and horizontal rhythms resonate landscape.”

“I like to build up surfaces, to make a painting where planes of colours meet and animate each other and where evidence of previous decisions remains.”

“Above all, my work is a meditation, an effort to distill experience.”

Pouch Cove August #2, 2001 acrylic & watercolour on heavy paper 19.5″ x 22.5″

Pouch Cove August #1, 2001 acrylic & watercolour on heavy paper 19.5″ x 22.5″