Artist Statement & CV

Blake A. Chamness (b. 1987, Illinois, United States)

My painting practice is driven by fascination and curiosity. I become captivated by something, usually from my lifelong interests of science fiction, nature, oddities, and storytelling. Skeletons and plants are endlessly explorable to me because of their different embodiments of beauty. They also represent the perpetuating cycle of life and death. Rather than humans, I usually prefer painting subjects that dodge the weight and preconceptions of race, gender, and other factors that can divide or group us. This allows the work to be interpreted more universally. Overall, the goal of my artwork is to haunt you, to give you the feeling of a stirring poem, song, or horror movie.


Metropolitan State University of Denver, Art K-12 Teaching License, 2012

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2009

Solo and Feature Exhibitions

2022 Distortion, Next Gallery, Lakewood CO

2021 Sentience, Next Gallery, Lakewood CO

2020 Calculated Risk, Next Gallery, Lakewood CO

2019 There Is Only Now, Next Gallery, Lakewood CO

2018 Premonitions, Next Gallery, Lakewood CO

2017 Apophenia, Next Gallery, Lakewood CO

2016 Invalid Nuance, Next Gallery, Denver CO

2015 Robotanical, guest artist spot, Valkarie Gallery, Lakewood CO 

2015 Transpiration, Next Gallery, Denver CO

2015 Impermanence, Next Gallery, Denver CO

2014  INNER MYTHSNext Gallery, Denver CO

Group Exhibitions

2019-2022 Various Member Shows, Next Gallery, Denver CO

2018 Tiny Treasures, Helikon Gallery, Denver CO

2017 Current Climate, group exhibition Next Gallery, Denver CO

2016 Radical Compliance, MSU Center for Visual Arts, Denver CO

2016 Malfunction, juried exhibition, Good Thieves Press Gallery, Denver CO

2015 Screenplay, Helikon Gallery, Denver CO 

2015 Grimm: Visions of the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales, Helikon Gallery, Denver, CO

2014  Collaboration, Next Gallery, Denver CO

2014 Volume,  Helikon Gallery, Denver CO  Curated by Emily J. Moore

2014  Holy Moly juried exhibition, Niza Knoll Gallery, Denver CO  Juror:  Mark Penner Howell 

2014  ROBO2 juried exhibition, Good Thieves Press, Denver CO

2014  New Life juried exhibition, Next Gallery, Denver CO  Juror:  Bonnie Ferrill Roman 

2013 - 2021 Member Holiday Show, Next Gallery, Denver CO

2013  Art Rodeo:  RedLine's 4th Annual Artist Bacchanal, Redline Gallery, Denver CO

2010 Artbash, Robischon Gallery, Denver CO

2009 Rmcad Graduate Show, Phillip J. Steele Gallery, Lakewood CO

2009 RMCAD Student Art Show, RMCAD Campus, Lakewood CO

2008 RMCAD Student Art Show, RMCAD Campus, Lakewood CO

2008 Artbash, Phillip J. Steele Gallery, Lakewood CO


2013-2022  Member, Next Artist-Owned Gallery, Denver CO

2013-Present  Colorado Art Educators Association

Teaching and Student Collaborations

2021-Present  Visual Arts Teacher, Mountain Range High School, Westminster, CO

2018-2021  Digital Art & Media Teacher, Weld Central High School, Keenesburg, CO

2013-2018  Visual Arts Teacher, Weld Central Middle School, Keenesburg CO

2012  Participated in the One Million Bones project with students from Casey Middle School and Boulder High School.

2012  Visual Art Student Teaching, Whittier Elementary and Casey Middle School, Boulder CO

2012  EPIC Arts Exhibition, Redline Gallery, Denver CO -- Collaborated with teacher Sarah Shay and students from the Odyssey School to create stop motion videos addressing the theme of social justice

2012  Guest artist, Colorado Academy, Denver CO  -- Brainstormed with students to create a mural design for a mosaic installation 

2011  Epic Arts Exhibition, Redline Gallery, Denver CO – Collaborated with artist Derrick Velasquez, teacher Sarah Chung, and students from AXL Academy to create stencil artwork addressing the theme of social justice.

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