Why Blair Zaye

The piece
Mech Quanta Eye
Single colour Screen Print, 35 x 35 cm, Edition of 30, Signed & Numbered

Bought directly from Blair after
Taken from http://www.blairzaye.com/info/

Blair Zaye

I am a New Zealand artist, with a Bachelor of Visual Arts and have been based in London since 2008.

As an artist I endure to express the internal, ideas and beliefs of implicit society and culture, creating and uncovering utopian ideas, ideologies for a better self and society using social commentary which bares all.

Often attempting to describe thought through text to expose internal dialogues and well known secrets which reflect on social and economic conditions. Using my own life situation as a microcosm for the outside world. Psycho babbling while describing the state of the world and states of minds on private and universal levels. Showing parallels between the ‘real’ world and the world of the mind.

Bringing a spiritual philosophy and divinity into art, treating art as religion and a life philosophy to encourage others to release what they have inside them in an artistic manner (whether music, poetry, art). Advocating a sense of calm and fulfilment through expression, purging inner demons and self adjudicated sins to empty and clear the mind of worry with paint release it as it comes to mind.

Using art as a form of meditation and self realisation, as the vessel for a journey inside and through myself, trying to find something more or capture something I’ve found already. Diving into a world of artistic existentialism to look for and find answers and universal truths Sometimes I wonder if I am trying to tell myself something that I have not yet come to realise. I catch a glimpse of my true self in a pure form during the painting process and then use the produced painting as a window to relay it back to others.

As an artist I work with a variety of mediums, my current practice focuses on abstract paintings; enduring to express ideas and beliefs implicit in society and culture while reflecting on the internal and eternal world of artistic existentialism. Though with my installation work I create spaces which defy reality in the sense that you become completely immersed in the parallel reality of my creations.

I am available for commissions, installations, exhibitions, events and would be interested in collaborating on bigger projects with other artists.

Auckland University – 2005

Bachelor of Visual Arts

Manukau School of Visual Arts – 2002

Certificate of Visual Arts


Speed Of Colour, Long Stories, Perm, Russia, May, 2011


Square Mile Magazine Art Prize, April, 2014

Future Exhibitions:

London, TBA, February 2015

Phing Thing, Ben Oakley Gallery, London, TBA, 2014

Well Hung Gallery Christmas Show, London, TBA, December 2014

Well Hung Gallery, London, 6 November – 3 December 2014

Selected Exhibitions:
Museum of New Art, Detroit, USA, 21 September – 21 October, 2014

A MASSIVE MINIATURES GROUP SHOW, Ben Oakley Gallery, London, July 31 – August 31, 2014

Bespoken , Façade, London, 5 March – 7 March, 2014

Open Wall, Façade, London, 26 February – Friday 28 February, 2014

Middle Distance, Façade, London, 19 February – Friday 21 February, 2014

Out Of The Gutter, Façade, London, 12 February – Friday 14 February, 2014

NO FLAKES, Ben Oakley Gallery, London, 13 December 2013 – 31 January, 2014

Group Show, Cult Mountain, London, 7 November, 2013 – 4 December 2013

Quanta, Breathing Room, London, 13 October, 2013 – 30 December 2013

Memorabilia Charity Art Exhibition, London, 6-14 July, 2013

CONTENTIOUS, London, 15 – 17 March, 2013

TEN, Cultivate Gallery, London, 14 – 20 February, 2013

BACK IN BLACK, Cultivate Gallery, London, 31 January – 12 February, 2013

MUSIKA, Breathing Room, London, 13 October, 2012

BOX, Breathing Room, London, 9 June, 2012

Rips, Splits, Tears And Drips, Breathing Room, London, 21 April, 2012

WOMB, Drop Collective, INSIDE, Blank Space, Manchester, 30 March – 29 April, 2012

Urban Curations, Netil House, London, 3 December, 2011 – 3 January, 2012

Affordable Art Fair, Gallery Violet, London 27 – 30 October, 2011

ANIMA MUNDI, London 10 – 11 October, 2011

Microscopic Culture, Iowa, USA, September, 2011

Silhouette Community Project, Fountayne Head, London, August, 2011

Terrace 6th Annual, London, 27 of August, 2011

Free Install, Breathing Room, London, 23 June, 2011

Light Bite, Light Night 2011, Nottingham, 18 February, 2011

Rhizomatic, Departure Gallery, London, 1 October – 12 November, 2010

Cross My Art, Art And Escape Gallery, London,30 September-14 October, 2010

Take Away, The Outside World Gallery, London,13-15 August, 2010

Interrobang, The Book Club, London, 19 July, 2010

Drips, Splits, Tears and Rips, Greenwich Picture House, London, 1 May – 30 June, 2010

100Sqft 2, London, 28 February-6 March , 2010

MIRROR/WINDOW at LOUIS V. E.S.P, Brooklyn, New York, USA, 28 January, 2010

Tate the Biscuit, Shoreditch Townhall Basement, London, 3-6 December, 2009

100Sqft, London, 22-28 November, 2010

Identicons, LCC, London, 2-6 November 2009

Impossible Exchange at Frieze Art Fair, London,15 – 18 October, 2009

Private View, Black Lab Manchester, 4 October – 1 November, 2009

Showcase at Café 1001, London, 30 September, 2009

TimeTimeTime at Terrace Studios, London, 5 September, 2009

Noise of Art at East End Arts Club, London, September 3 – 20, 2009

The Contemporary 5 at Red Gate Gallery, London, 14 – 27 August, 2009

North By North Western Festival, Wigan, 1 – 8 August, 2009

Going Under Ground at Village Underground, London, 31 of July, 2009

Press and Publications:
Yack Magazine, September, 2014


Harringay Online, September, 2014


Square Mile Magazine, April, 2014


New Street Art, Febuary, 2013


The Gentlemans Club, March, 2011


Silent City, March, 2011


Openned Zine, Issue#3, September, 2010


EyeLust Magazine, Issue#3, April, 2010


Susan Magzine, Issue#1, March, 2010


Identicons Magazine, November, 2009


LSD (London Street-Art Design) Magazine, Issue#2, September, 2009


InLondon Magazine, July, 2009


Press and Publications(with Drop Collective)
Creative Times, April, 2012


Creative Tourist, April, 2012


Cultural Shenanigans, April 2012


Manchesters Finest, April, 2012

‘Inside’ Exhibition at Blank Space

Mancky, March, 2012


Tendenzroman, March, 2012