Graham Blondel’s abstract artworks have a diverse universal narrative derived from his domestic life, extensive travels, street art, his interest in all cultures- especially tribal- and a love of art history. There are elements of Pop art and graphic street art in his works. MindScapes is a survey exhibition of works from Blondel's final year at the National Art School in 1971 to the present. The title refers to the perceptual and psychological projections arrived at through his work as a professional artist for more than 50 years.
The works are linked by an evident love ofheightened vibrant colour and dense patterning, be it in totally non-objectiveworks, or through graphic abstractions with symbolic, recognisable motifs.
Blondel has had a rewarding long career in creating and teaching art, culminating in his role as a Head Teacher at the National Art School, Sydney. Exhibitions around Australia and in the USA, France and China have been augmented by numerous residencies in locations which include Arthur Boyd’s residence in Tuscany Italy, the AGNSW’s studio in Paris and the Redgate studios in Beijing.
Graham is a ‘Nowra boy’, having lived in the town until he went to art school in Sydney without having studied art at school.