Max (Rafael) Blond
In painting I am hoping to find and express the strong spiritual content that emanates from the deeper inner feelings — the realm of the soul. All art in origin was spiritual and I would like to, at least, have a measure of that quality in my work. I paint without any previous concept and allow the piece to develop in its own way so that it has a life of its own, almost as if the painting already exists.
Curriculum Vitae (Concise)
Studied fine art at Bath Academy of Fine Art, Liverpool College of Art, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London.
From 1964 onwards many mixed shows including: London Group, Walker Art Gallery, Stadhalle, W Germany, Bradford City Art Gallery, Blond Fine Art, Harris Museum Preston, The Barbican, Royal Society of Painter Etchers, Camden Open, Richard Demarco, Williamson Art Gallery, Bath Contemporary Art Fair, Ljubljana Print Biennale – British Council, Hanover Gallery Liverpool, Windsor Arts Centre, Manchester Academy, ICAF – Olympia, Danielle Harrison Gallery London, Ayling Porteous Galley Chester, Atkinson Art Gallery, Los Angeles Art Fair – Rebecca Hossach Gallery, Boundary London, Acorn Liverpool, Islington Art Fair, Open Studios, Liverpool Seen Williamson Art Gallery, SICA and Green Chair website galleries etc
One Man Exhibitions
Monmouth Road London, Allerton Gallery Liverpool, Blond Fine Art London, Bede Gallery Jarrow, Windsor Art Centre, Hanover Gallery Liverpool, Acorn Gallery Liverpool, Watergate Gallery Chester.
A History of British Wood and Lino Cuts.
A Northern School
20th Century Painters and Sculptors
Dictionary of British Artists Volume VI
I am fascinated by surface pattern and the discipline of creating an image which will work in repeat. These days technology can cater for repetition but that removes some of the challenge and magic for me. I almost always work in designer’s gouache which allows me the precision for a design to work. I gather inspiration from a broad range of sources but usually return to the interpretation of natural forms.
Olivia Blond was trained in fine art and design in Stoke on Trent and Liverpool Art Schools in the 1960s. She specialised in printed and woven textile design for the last two years of her training. She taught for 30 years in schools across Liverpool and placed special emphasis on printmaking and screen printing on fabric.
Since stopping teaching she designed prints for fashion, initially using an agent, which was followed by 4 years working for Elizabeth Hurley as principal print designer for ‘Elizabeth Hurley Beach’. More recently she has become interested in interchangeable designs for furnishing fabric and wallpaper.
She has had several private commissions for bespoke work both in London and New York.