Kimberly Blackstock is a Canadian artist born in Vancouver. She graduated from the Design and Illustration program at Capilano University at the top of her class 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. 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 quit her job as a designer to focus solely on being an artist: “I knew I wasn’t being true to myself, I needed to create again in a more tangible manner.”
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 larger-than-life gestural brushstrokes and vibrant pools of colour. She paints with a variety of techniques, representational and abstract, as she continues to explore and experiment with the medium. Her work often reflects the themes of life; we are not absolutely in control, try as we might, and like in life, her paintings show the liberation of accepting the unpredictability of chance.
“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.”
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 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. She teaches primarily in Port Moody, the City of the Arts.