Blair Zaye
Biography

I am a New Zealand artist, with a Bachelor of Visual Arts and have been based in London since 2008.

As an artist I endure to express the internal, ideas and beliefs of implicit society and culture, creating and uncovering utopian ideas, ideologies for a better self and society using social commentary which bares all.

Often attempting to describe thought through text to expose internal dialogues and well known secrets which reflect on social and economic conditions. Using my own life situation as a microcosm for the outside world. Psycho babbling while describing the state of the world and states of minds on private and universal levels. Showing parallels between the ‘real’ world and the world of the mind.

Bringing a spiritual philosophy and divinity into art, treating art as religion and a life philosophy to encourage others to release what they have inside them in an artistic manner (whether music, poetry, art). Advocating a sense of calm and fulfilment through expression, purging inner demons and self adjudicated sins to empty and clear the mind of worry with paint release it as it comes to mind.

Using art as a form of meditation and self realisation, as the vessel for a journey inside and through myself, trying to find something more or capture something I’ve found already. Diving into a world of artistic existentialism to look for and find answers and universal truths Sometimes I wonder if I am trying to tell myself something that I have not yet come to realise. I catch a glimpse of my true self in a pure form during the painting process and then use the produced painting as a window to relay it back to others.

As an artist I work with a variety of mediums, my current practice focuses on abstract paintings; enduring to express ideas and beliefs implicit in society and culture while reflecting on the internal and eternal world of artistic existentialism. Though with my installation work I create spaces which defy reality in the sense that you become completely immersed in the parallel reality of my creations.

I am available for commissions, installations, exhibitions, events and would be interested in collaborating on bigger projects with other artists.


Education:

Auckland University – 2005

Bachelor of Visual Arts

 

Manukau School of Visual Arts – 2002

Certificate of Visual Arts

Short Courses

The ‘At Work’ Jewellery School – November 2016

Lost Wax Casting

 

Residencies:

Berlin Rising, Berlin, Germany, March 2015

Heat Reactive Mural, London, April – September 2014

Speed Of Colour, Long Stories, Perm, Russia, May 2011

North By North Western Festival, Wigan, UK August 2009

 

Awards:

Square Mile Magazine Art Prize, April, 2014

Street Art Oakland, Eyepril Fools Award, April, 2015


Gallery Representation:

The Underdog Gallery, London, UK – Original paintings

Well Hung Gallery, London, UK – Original drawings and prints

Stopwatch Gallery, London, UK – Prints

Ben Oakley Gallery, London, UK – Prints

Street Prints New Zealand, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand – Prints


Future Exhibitions:

TBC, London, 2017

Selected Exhibitions:

Big Deal No 7, Q Park, London 2 – 10 December 2016

Christmas Show, Well Hung Gallery, London, 24 November – 7 December 2016

Wear Your Art On Your Sleeve Charity Exhibition, Ragyard, London 25 November – 1 December 2016

One Year Underground, BSMT Space, London, 8 October – 22 October 2016

Exposed, Ben Oakley Gallery, London, 11 – 14 August 2016

FRESH Mini, Ben Oakley Gallery, London ,4 -7 August 2016

Yami-Ichi, Tate Modern, London, May 20 – 22 2016

Star Wars “The ARTIST Awakens”, The Underdog Gallery, London, 17 December, 2015 – 10 January 2016

FRESH, The Vaults, London, 8 – 13 December 2015

DEATH IN DALSTON, BSMT Space, London, 28 October – 2 November 2015

UNDERHAND , BSMT Space, London, 10 – 25 September 2015

12 x 12, ArtFix, London, 24 – 27 April 2015

Chinese Open – Year Of Sheep, Q Park, London, 23 – 29 February 2015

Phing Thing Charity Exhibition, Ben Oakley Gallery, London, December 2014

Projekt, STS Space, London, 20 November – 1 December 2014

Christmas Show, Well Hung Gallery, London, 12 – 31 December 2014

The Meeting Point, Well Hung Gallery, London, 6 November – 2 December 2014

Self, Museum of New Art, Detroit, USA, 21 September – 21 October 2014

A MASSIVE MINIATURES GROUP SHOW, Ben Oakley Gallery, London, July 31 – August 31 2014

Bespoken , Façade, London, 5 March – 7 March 2014

Open Wall, Façade, London, 26 February – Friday 28 February 2014

Middle Distance, Façade, London, 19 February – Friday 21 February 2014

Out Of The Gutter, Façade, London, 12 February – Friday 14 February 2014

NO FLAKES, Ben Oakley Gallery, London, 13 December 2013 – 31 January 2014

Group Show, Cult Mountain, London, 7 November, 2013 – 4 December 2013

Quanta, Breathing Room, London, 13 October, 2013 – 30 December 2013

Memorabilia Charity Art Exhibition, London, 6-14 July 2013

CONTENTIOUS, London, 15 – 17 March 2013

TEN, Cultivate Gallery, London, 14 – 20 February 2013

BACK IN BLACK, Cultivate Gallery, London, 31 January – 12 February 2013

MUSIKA, Breathing Room, London, 13 October 2012

BOX, Breathing Room, London, 9 June 2012

Rips, Splits, Tears And Drips, Breathing Room, London, 21 April 2012

WOMB, Drop Collective, INSIDE, Blank Space, Manchester, 30 March – 29 April 2012

Urban Curations, Netil House, London, 3 December 2011 – 3 January 2012

Affordable Art Fair, Gallery Violet, London 27 – 30 October 2011

ANIMA MUNDI, London 10 – 11 October 2011

Microscopic Culture, Iowa, USA, September 2011

Silhouette Community Project, Fountayne Head, London, August 2011

Terrace 6th Annual, London, 27 of August 2011

Free Install, Breathing Room, London, 23 June 2011

Light Bite, Light Night 2011, Nottingham, 18 February 2011

Rhizomatic, Departure Gallery, London, 1 October – 12 November 2010

Cross My Art, Art And Escape Gallery, London, 30 September – 14 October 2010

Take Away, The Outside World Gallery, London,13-15 August 2010

Interrobang, The Book Club, London, 19 July 2010

Drips, Splits, Tears and Rips, Greenwich Picture House, London, 1 May – 30 June 2010

100Sqft 2, Chomley Boys Club, London, 28 February-6 March 2010

MIRROR/WINDOW at LOUIS V. E.S.P, Brooklyn, New York, USA, 28 January 2010

Tate the Biscuit, Shoreditch Townhall Basement, London, 3-6 December 2009

100Sqft , Chomley Boys Club, London, 22-28 November 2010

Identicons, LCC, London, 2-6 November 2009

Impossible Exchange at Frieze Art Fair, London,15 – 18 October 2009

Private View, Black Lab Manchester, 4 October – 1 November 2009

Showcase at Café 1001, London, 30 September 2009

TimeTimeTime at Terrace Studios, London, 5 September 2009

Noise of Art at East End Arts Club, London, September 3 – 20 2009

The Contemporary 5 at Red Gate Gallery, London, 14 – 27 August 2009

North By North Western Festival, Wigan, 1 – 8 August 2009

Going Under Ground at Village Underground, London, 31 of July 2009

 

Press and Publications:

Smiles 4 Miles Colouring Books, September 2016
http://smiles4milesbooks.wixsite.com/refugeeaid

ARTICULATE Magazine #7, April 2016

https://issuu.com/articulatecontemporarycandy/docs/_7

Yack Magazine, September 2014

http://yackmagazine.com/2014/09/19/fine-art-friday-jenna-jardine-and-the-heat-reactive-mural/

Harringay Online, September 2014

http://www.harringayonline.com/forum/topics/heat-reactive-wall-mural-in-the-warehouse-district?xg_source=activity

Square Mile Magazine, April 2014

http://www.squaremile.com/magazine/

Shoreditch walls hosed with colour, Shoreditch Street Art Tours Blog, October 2015
shoreditchstreetarttours.co.uk

New Street Art, Febuary 2013

http://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Street-Art-Claude-Crommelin/dp/1908126515/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352484390&sr=8-1

The Gentlemans Club, March 2011

http://thegentlemensclub.co/o-v-e-r-g-r-o-u-n-d/

Silent City, March 2011

http://www.silentcity.org.uk

Openned Zine, Issue#3, September 2010

http://opennedpoetry.squarespace.com/epubs/2010/9/4/openned-zine-3.html

EyeLust Magazine, Issue#3, April 2010

http://eyelustmagazine.com/

Susan Magzine, Issue#1, March 2010

http://susanmagazine.co.uk/

Identicons Magazine, November 2009

http://identiconarts.com/

LSD (London Street-Art Design) Magazine, Issue#2, September 2009

http://www.londonstreetartdesign.com/

InLondon Magazine, July 2009

www.inlondon.com

Press and Publications(with Drop Collective):

Arhitext Magazine, issue 239, June 2015
http://www.arhitext.com/

Creative Times, April 2012

http://www.creativetimes.co.uk/articles/we-like-inside-blank-media-collective

Creative Tourist, April 2012

http://www.creativetourist.com/news-culture/news-and-blog/event-radar-april-2012

Cultural Shenanigans, April 2012

http://www.culturalshenanigans.co.uk/2012/04/29/inside-at-blankspace/ 

Manchesters Finest, April, 2012

http://www.manchestersfinest.com/arts/inside-exhibition-at-blank-space/

Mancky, March, 2012

http://www.mancky.co.uk/?p=7548

Tendenzroman, March, 2012

http://tendenzroman.tumblr.com/post/20172828489/inside-exhibition