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Umpqua : "Exhibit Growth" - Public Sculptures

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During the month of November 2015, Northwest community bank UMPQUA commissioned eight local and national artists, designers & sculptors to create original outdoor sculptures that were displayed for 10 days in Directors Park in downtown Portland. We set out to build a 6′ sculpture based on a previous 12″ version inspired by a nurse log. Made entirely out of real cedar bark, reclaimed cedar and fir wood, it also house a dwarf hinoki cypress. This sculpture represents the potential of human growth & the cyclical relationship we have with nature.

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Blaine Fontana currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Imbuing his vision with the divine symbolism of religious myths, worldly folklore and current social dynamics, his works contain a kind of shamanic exploration of meaning that recognizes the totemic quality and power of the image. Fontana’s work displays a virtuosic understanding of sign & simulacra and their role within our contemporary visual culture. Straddling the physical and metaphysical, organic and architectural, painterly and graphic sensibilities, Blaine fuses multiple visual strategies to forge an aesthetic language entirely of his own making.

His works have been published in a variety of publications, including VNA, Paper Sea, iDN, Hi-Fructose, Juxtapoz, My Name Is, Sycamore Review, Soul Pancake, and Mod Art. He has exhibited nationally in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Detroit, Chicago, Denver, Austin, Miami, Portland and Seattle, and internationally in Tokyo, Germany and Canada,

Fontana has been commissioned for and designed and licensed work for a number of companies and organizations including TEDx, VANS, adidas, ZERO+ Publishing, FELT Bicycles, Umpqua Bank, Breakside Brewery, Ninkasi Brewing, SCION, Redley, Patagonia, Nike, Toyota, City of Portland/Denver/Salem, P.E.A.R., Kid Robot, Upper Playground, Quiksilver, Ocean Pacific and Arbor Sports.

Blaine Fontana received his BFA in Communication Art/Design from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA in 2002. He was awarded “Best in Show” for his senior thesis project and is one of only seven distinguished alumni from 2000-2010. He is regularly involved and donates to non profits, charities and volunteers numerous hours for his community, people in need and making this world a better place than how he found it.

When he is rarely working he is a deeply loving partner, mentor to Louise, doggy playing, adventure glamping sexual, backyard hosting, hot tub championing, big ocean sniffing, river raging, family bonding and nature loving man who has a big thirst of everything and loves nothing more than sharing all his entire being with amazing human beings. He hopes that we all and always “Stay inspired and stay true”.