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Lillian Blades | The Bahamas

Born in 1973 in Nassau, The Bahamas,
Lives and works in Atlanta, USA
Sculpture, installation, painting

Lillian Blades holds an AA in Fine Arts from the College of The Bahamas (1993), a BFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, USA (1996) and a MFA in Painting from the Georgia State University of Atlanta, USA (2000).

She was artist in residence in Skowhegan, Maine, USA (1999) and in the Caversham Centre for Artist and Writers in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa (2007) for an engraving residence. In Skowhegan, she is recipient of the John Payson Award.

Individual shows by Lillian Blades

Reconnecting at Transforming Spaces in Nassau, The Bahamas (2010) ; Eye Sea Reflections at the Hammonds House Museum in Atlanta, USA (2010) ; Fragmentations & Fabrications at the Beach Institute of Savannah, USA (2009) ; Eye Connect (2008), Birthings (2006), Passage (2005), Patterns and Sources (2003) at the Sandler Hudson Gallery in Atlanta, USA ; Lukasa (Memory Board) Series at the Rialto in Atlanta, USA (2007) and A Return to the Womb at the Georgia State University Art Gallery in Atlanta, USA (2000).

Collective exhibitions

Zen Dixie on the Berean Avenue in Atlanta, USA (2012) ; Elevate / Art Above Underground in Atlanta, USA (2011) ; Bahama Mama at the Public Art Treasury in Nassau, The Bahamas (2011) ; Wrestling with the image at the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington D.C., USA (2011) ; Beverly Buchanan & Lillian Blades at the Taubman Museum of Roanke, USA (2011) ; Recollection – The Past is Present at the Cameron Museum of Wilmington, USA(2010) ; Reclamation of Memory at the Madison Morgan Cultural Center of Madison, USA (2009) ; Reflections on the Rainbow at the Southwest Art Center Gallery in Atlanta, USA (2009) ; Sugar at the Popopstudios in Nassau, The Bahamas (2008) ; A summer show… with Caribbean Roots at the Coty Gallery East in Atlanta, USA (2007) ; Migrations of the African Diaspora at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Pittsburgh, USA (2006) ; Funky Nassau / Rediscovering Identity à at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas and at the Nassauischer Kunstverein in Wiesbaden, Germany (2006) and The Art of Caribbean Women Artist at the CLICO Gallery of Trinidad & Tobago (2005).


Lillian blades participated in the 4th National Exhibition of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas in Nassau, NE4 (2008).

Lillian Blades’ artworks are contained in the collections of the following institutions :

Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, the city of AtlantaCollege of The Bahamas in Nassau, Central Bank of The Bahamas in Nassau,  National Art Gallery of The Bahamas in Nassau, D’Aguilar Collection in Nassau, Birmingham Museum of Art in the USA and the East Atlanta Library.