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Bettina Blohm has been refining her abstract paintings for nearly thirty years. Her visual language is inspired by the dense color palettes of Matisse, the scale and breadth of the Abstract Expressionists, and the poetic lack of naturalism of Asian landscape paintings. Each painting is focused on a single color, shifting with brushwork, thickness, hatches and lines to create intermediate spaces.

Blohm’s works take many months to create. She builds layer upon layer of paint, washes off entire sections, and repaints to create a gestural and urgent surface holding a sense of emotional intensity underneath. She states, “through this process the paintings acquire their own history, like fictional characters. I think of the result as something parallel to nature.”

Blohm studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany and moved to New York in 1984, later establishing a second studio in Berlin. She is currently part of a survey exhibition organized by Kunsthalle Bremen and later travelling to Städtische Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen . She is in numerous international collections, and has exhibited at such prestigious institutions as Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, Germany; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany; Kurpfälzisches Museum, Heidelberg, Germany, and International Print Center, New York. Blohm lives and works in New York and Berlin.

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Selected Works
2014
Oil on Linen,
68 x 84 in / 172.7 x 213.4 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Memories

2014
Oil on Linen,
68 x 84 in / 172.7 x 213.4 cm

2014
Oil on Linen
68 x 84 in / 172.7 x 213.4 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Beaujolais Country

2014
Oil on Linen
68 x 84 in / 172.7 x 213.4 cm

2014
Oil on Linen
68 x 84 in / 172.7 x 213.4 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Procrustian Physics

2014
Oil on Linen
68 x 84 in / 172.7 x 213.4 cm

2014
Oil on Linen
68 x 84 in / 172.7 x 213.4 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Great Escape

2014
Oil on Linen
68 x 84 in / 172.7 x 213.4 cm

2014
Oil on Linen
68 x 84 in / 172.7 x 213.4 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Double Dutch

2014
Oil on Linen
68 x 84 in / 172.7 x 213.4 cm

2014
Oil on Linen
34 x 42 in / 86.4 x 106.7 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Beaujolais Country (Small 2)

2014
Oil on Linen
34 x 42 in / 86.4 x 106.7 cm

2014
Oil on Linen
34 x 42 in / 86.4 x 106.7 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Mosaic (Blue Sand)

2014
Oil on Linen
34 x 42 in / 86.4 x 106.7 cm

Small Snag
2013
Oil on Linen
34 x 42 in / 86.4 x 106.7 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Bettina Blohm

Small Snag
2013
Oil on Linen
34 x 42 in / 86.4 x 106.7 cm

2013
Oil on Linen
50 x 40 in / 127 x 101.6 -  Marc Straus Gallery
Untitled (Baroque)

2013
Oil on Linen
50 x 40 in / 127 x 101.6

2014
Acrylic, Charcoal, Ink on Paper
15 3/4 x 19 5/8 in -  Marc Straus Gallery
Diagram 1

2014
Acrylic, Charcoal, Ink on Paper
15 3/4 x 19 5/8 in

2014
Acrylic, Charcoal on Paper
15 3/4 x 19 5/8 in -  Marc Straus Gallery
Diagram 10

2014
Acrylic, Charcoal on Paper
15 3/4 x 19 5/8 in

2014
Acrylic, Charcoal on Paper
15 3/4 x 19 5/8 in -  Marc Straus Gallery
Diagram 8

2014
Acrylic, Charcoal on Paper
15 3/4 x 19 5/8 in

2014
Acrylic, Charcoal on Paper
15 3/4 x 19 5/8 in -  Marc Straus Gallery
Diagram 11

2014
Acrylic, Charcoal on Paper
15 3/4 x 19 5/8 in

2014
Acrylic, Charcoal on Paper
15 3/4 x 19 5/8 in -  Marc Straus Gallery
Diagram 4

2014
Acrylic, Charcoal on Paper
15 3/4 x 19 5/8 in

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