Michelle Blade (b. 1981 Los Angeles, CA; lives and works between Los Angeles and Portland, OR) is a visual artist working in painting, sculpture, installation and illustration. She holds a BA from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles and an MFA from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco.
Taking note from her most intimate and immediate surroundings, Blade’s recent paintings depict scenes from quotidian life in a dreamy, ethereal light—drawing from the theories and visual vernacular of Transcendentalism, Magical Realism, and Romanticism. Working in acrylic ink, she applies several layers, allowing the nature of the water-based medium to inform the abstracted outcome of her paintings.