Caroline Blum

Caroline Blum, Spring Rhythm, Pen and watercolor on paper, 11 x 8 1/2 in.

About the Artist

Caroline Blum is a contemporary artist who makes drawings and paintings. She lives and works in Upper Manhattan. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and her artwork reflects the vibrant light and colors that were around her in the city and in the mountains near Yosemite.

She met artist Ruth Asawa in San Francisco when she was young and Asawa had a big influence on Caroline as she became an artist. She said besides making art, to contribute to your community through your art. Caroline received her BA from UC Santa Cruz, and after graduating, moved to NYC to study painting at the New York Studio School.

Caroline’s work has recently been shown in Darkest Before Dawn: Art in a Time of Uncertainty at Ethan Cohen Gallery in Beacon, NY and Counterbalance at Susan Eley Fine Art in Hudson, NY, where she has curated two shows. She will be featured as an Alumni Spotlight artist on the New York Studio School’s web site this spring.


Artist Statement

My drawings are an inventory of drawing every day. I began drawing on graph paper with ball-point pens in 2017. I wanted to make a drawing a day of observations, places and ideas. When I work with pens on graph paper I am reminded that simple materials can be used to make meaningful artwork. I begin each work by drawing a rectangular line around the perimeter of the page. I use mathematical equations to make each drawing. Recently I’ve added watercolors to the drawings. I know a drawing is done intuitively. When my work is going well, I am filled with a sense of confidence and happiness, and when other artists, dealers and friends see my work, I like them to see the possibilities of lines.