“It always intrigues me when the forms reveal a negative space that is as vital and potent as the actual objects. Great sculpture is like music, all you have to do is feel it.”
Martin Blank was born August 29, 1962 and received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1984, under the tutelage of Bruce Chow. Blank began his professional career with Dale Chihuly and was an integral part of the Chihuly team for 11 years. Since the 1990s, Martin Blank has been an independent artist in Seattle, producing art and commissions for contemporary collectors, museums and gallery exhibitions. Martin Blank's work in hot sculpted glass is about carving space and creating tension between sculptural forms. His abstract landscapes reveal the dynamic repetitive structures inherent in nature.
Public & Private Collections
3OOM Corporation, San Jose, CA Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, NV The Benaroya Company, Figure Sculpture, Seattle, WA Bill Gates Residence, Pipes, Seattle, WA Bruce and Anne Bachmann Glass Collection Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH Coos Bay Museum, Coos Bay, OR Dallas; Denver; Indianapolis; Cincinnati; Westwood Elton John, Figure Sculpture, London, England Eve and Chap Alvord, Seattle, WA Everett Properties, B Figure Sculpture, Bellevue, WA Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI Honolulu Academy of Art, HI Imagine Museum, St. Petersburg, FL International Pilchuck Collection, Janus Series, Pacific First Center, Seattle, WA Kenny G. Residence, Figure Sculpture, Los Angeles, CA KIRO TV Studio, Glass Set Design, Seattle, WA La Plume Bar, Janus Series, The Regent Hotel, Hong Kong Mary & Leigh Bloch Museum of Art, Evanston, IL Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN Melvin Poll, Inc., Current - Seattle, WA Millennium Museum, Beijing, China Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Montreal, Canada Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL Orchestra Hall, Detroit, MI Palisades Restaurant, Chandeliers, Seattle, WA Palomino Restaurants, Chandeliers, Seattle; Minneapolis; Palm Springs; San Francisco; Honolulu; Pat and Marty Fine Residence, Pipes, Miami, FL PBCC Museum, Palm Beach, FL Pepe Residence, Entry Way Sculpture, Cleveland, OH Seven Bridges Foundation, Greenwich, CT Shanghai Museum of Fine Art, China Sheldon and Penny Bernick Residence, Entry Way Sculpture, Philadelphia, PA Sheldon and Penny Bernick Residence, Pipes, Media, PA Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL Robin Lockhart, Switzerland Ron Kaufman, Figure Sculpture, Singapore Sunhills Country Club, Janus Series, Tokyo, Japan Tampa Museum of Art, Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Richard Basch Tacoma Museum of Art, Tacoma, WA Toledo Museum of Fine Art, Toledo, OH Time Warner, Figure Sculpture, Los Angeles, CA White Box Museum, Beijing, China
Selected Public Commissions
2017 Reflecting Pool, Polar Flares, Lotus Commission, Kruttschnitt, Palm Desert, CA
2016 Steam Portrait, Larry and Clara Silverstein, Four Seasons, New York, NY Crystal Skin, Weyerhaeuser, Seattle, WA
2015 Descending Wind, David Heerensperger, Seattle, WA Lotus Grouping, Dr. Phil, Beverly Hills, CA
2013 Winged Victory, Four Seasons, Saint Petersburg, Russia Golden Wheat Landscape, Pendleton Hospital, Pendleton, OR Government Hotel, Putuo District, Shanghai, China
2009 Fluent Steps, permanent exterior installation, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
2004 Repose in Amber, 120 La Salle Chicago, IL Echo, Orchestral Hall, Detroit, MI The Giving & Winds of Inspiration, Arthur M. Blank Foundation, Atlanta, GA Access to Learning Award, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA
2001 Eternal Light, The Temple, Nashville, TN
1999 Current, Melvin Poll Inc., Seattle, WA
1998 Amber Duet, Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
1995 Drinking from the Cup, Everett Properties, Bellevue, WA Silver Blue Nikkos, The Benaroya Company, Seattle, WA
Demeter's Song, 2018
Hot sculpted glass, 44.25 x 42 x 16"
Red and Gold Lotus, 2013
Sculpted glass, 12 x 15 x 13"