Tara Blackwell grew up in a household filled with artists, all with differing artistic styles and modalities. The early deaths of her brother and father left her, a young painter, struggling to find her voice without her beloved teachers. In retrospect, processing these tragedies is what Tara, now a mature artist with a unique, exciting style, believes most accounts for the complexity and depth of her current work in which she employs bold colors, layers and texture.

In her CORNER STORE and SATURDAY MORNING series, Tara utilizes her commercial design background to take us back to her childhood. Exploring vintage imagery with subversive wit and whimsy, Tara recreates familiar logos, packaging, and cartoon characters into a visual narrative of her youth, she transports us back to our own, offering us a touchstone to childhood joy.

Tara’s latest GOOD FORTUNE paintings tap into a familiar, shared experience of finding comfort in takeout cartons and fortune cookies. So many of us secretly turn to fortunes with a hopeful heart seeking wisdom and revelations. The “good fortunes” get taped to the fridge or tucked into a wallet for safe keeping. These quirky messages can hit a nerve, spark an idea, give confirmation or, at the very least, provide a good laugh. Regardless of who you are and where you’re from, a fortune can say the perfect thing at the perfect time.

Photo by Culture Ink

Press:

White Hot Magazine of Contemporary Art

Stamford Advocate (City Arts)

FC Beat

Exhibitions:

MvVOArt AD Art Show, New York, NY (2020) 

AMPLIFY! Beechwood Arts & Innovation, Westport, CT (2020)

The Ground Floor Project, Greenwich, CT (2020)

Memories, Bruce S. Kershner Gallery, Fairfield, CT (2020)

Nakupenda (I Love You), City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport, CT (2020)

Pop Up, Bedford Street Gallery, Stamford, CT (2019)

Love + Confection, The Gallery at UConn Stamford, Stamford, CT (2019)

Inside Outside IV, Colorblends House, Bridgeport, CT (2019)

CCNS 57th Annual Art Show, Norwalk, CT (2019)

Art Expo, MJ Laberge Gallery, New York, NY (2018)

Street Level, Maritime Garage Gallery, Norwalk, CT (2018)

Summer of Love, Sidewalk Gallery, Norwalk, CT (2018)

Love and Light, Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan, CT (2018)

The Migrant's Alphabet, City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport, CT (2018)

Fired Up, Beechwood Arts & Innovation, Westport, CT (2018) 

Art in the Windows, Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan, CT (2018)

Women By Women, Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers, NY (2018)

Movement, Bruce S. Kershner Gallery, Fairfield, CT (2018)

Worth a Thousand Words, Maritime Garage Gallery, Norwalk, CT (2018)

The Corner Store (Solo Show), SAA Townhouse Gallery, Stamford, CT (2017)

Anything Goes, SAA Townhouse Gallery, Stamford, CT (2017)

5th Annual Art Walk, Stamford, CT (2017)

Memories & Reflections, Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan, CT (2017)

CCNS 55th Annual Art Show, Norwalk, CT (2017)

Giving Voice to the Stories Around Us, Beechwood Arts & Innovation, Westport, CT (2017)

Chromatic, Maritime Garage Gallery, Norwalk, CT (2017)

Faber Birren National Color Show, SAA Townhouse Gallery, Stamford, CT (2016)

Full Circle Pop Art Show, Castle Fitzjohns Gallery, New York, NY (2016)

                                           

Corporate Collections:

Serendipity Labs, Rye, NY

Serendipity Labs, Stamford, CT

New Perspective Cabinetry & Design, Westport, CT 

University of Connecticut, Stamford, CT    

 

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