ART STUDIO Port Coquitlam, Canada
ARTIST STATEMENT I paint the vitality of my subject rather than the visual likeness we see; expressing the feeling and energy which travels from the subject through me onto the canvas. When in my studio there is an amalgamation of energy between the subject and artist that create the marks and movement visible in my work. While being dedicated to explore and push the boundaries of paint application, my work usually results in an energetic cheerful portrayal or elation of creative expression.
Kimberly Blackstock is a Canadian artist born in Vancouver.
She graduated with the highest marks in her class from the Design and Illustration program at Capilano University in 1995 where she developed a passion for painting and illustrating.
After graduation, she exhibited her work throughout Greater Vancouver and gained gallery representation at the age of 24. However painting alongside her design career became a balancing act and when family priorities came into play, her studio time was eventually outweighed by her design career.
In 2012 she stepped away from her computer and picked up her brushes again “I knew I wasn’t being true to myself, I needed to create again in a more tangible manner”. She quit her job as a designer to focus solely on being an artist.
In the past five years, Kimberly has become a passionate and prolific painter. Emerging as an artist known for her dedication to exploring and pushing the boundaries of paint application. Her palette is uplifting and energetic, and her work is full of bigger than life gestural brushstrokes and vibrant pools of colour.
She has created numerous bodies of work, both representational and abstract; exhibiting in group shows, solo shows as well as collaborations and publication as a representative of West Coast Canadian art.
“When you lose a part of yourself and make a life changing decision to gain it back, you become stronger, more passionate and more dedicated to staying true to yourself”
When not in her own studio Blackstock inspires and instructs people of all ages to find creative motivation, seek new ways of seeing and gain technical skills to develop and share their own creative vision.