Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak

Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak completed her undergraduate art studies at Kent State University, studied at the Corcoran School of Art, and received her MFA in painting from George Washington University (Washington, D.C.). Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, she moved to Houston in 1977, where she continues to live and work. A Fulbright IREX grant enabled her to travel to Ukraine for the first time in 1991; five years later she visited the Chernobyl Zone. These trips marked turning points in her creative work and world view. A concern with the human condition – always at the heart of her art – took new form and urgency. Her current work continues to explore narrative and cultural metaphor by combining collage, text, and figuration. Since 1991, Bodnar-Balahutrak has participated in several national and international exhibitions and has been awarded artist residencies in France, Ukraine, and U.S. venues. Her work can be found in museum and private collections in the USA and Europe, including The Museum of South Texas and Oxford University. A monograph focusing on her art from 1979-2001 was published in 2005. Bodnar-Balahutrak is on the Studio School Faculty at the Glassell School of Art (Museum of Fine Arts Houston).

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Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak, "Squirrel Talk", 2013, ink, chalk on paper, 9 x 9"

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Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak, "Store Bought", 2012, gesso, ink, collage on paper, 9 x 9"

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Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak, "If It Preens Like a Duck (Donald)", 2019, paint, gesso, chalk, print on paper, 9 x 9"

If It Looks Like A...

It It Looks Like A Duck (Mucky), 2019, ink, chalk, printed matter/paper, 9 x 9"

If It Looks Like A...

If It Walks Like A Duck (Ducky), 2019, paint, ink, chalk, printed matter on paper, 9x 9"

If It Quacks Like A...

If It Quacks Like A Duck (Decoy), 2019, paint, chalks, ruble note, printed matter on paper, 9 x 9"

Eu-roped

Eu-roped, 2016, chalks, map on paper, 9 x 9"

Twin's Win

Twin's Win, 2016, charcoal, gesso, Ukrainian hryvnia on paper, 9 x 9"

Networking

Networking, 2016, charcoal over collaged text on paper, 9 x 9"

Red and Blue on White

Red and Blue on White, 2019, ink, charcoal, pastel, printed matter on paper, i.s. 21 x 16"

Black and White Blues

Black and White Blues, 2018, gesso, charcoal, printed matter on paper, i.s. 28 x 21"

Fox in a Box

Fox in a Box, 2019, charcoal, chalk, printed matter on paper, i.s. 18 x 18"

Mopey Dick

Mopey Dick, 2019, gesso, charcoal, printed matter on paper, i.s. 19 x 19"

Wet Kisses

Wet Kisses, 2018, ink, pastel, charcoal, printed matter on paper, 18 x 19"

Bummed Out

Bummed Out, 2018, ink, charcoal, pastel, vinyl letters, printed matter on paper, 16 1/2 x 17 1/2"

Pugnacious

Pugnacious, 2018, ink, pastel, printed matter on paper, 18 x 15"

Rump-a-dump-dum

Rump-a-dump-dum, 2018, acrylic, pastels, printed matter on paper, 24 1/2 x 17"

De-Spot

De-Spot, 2018, ink, gesso, netting, printed matter on paper, 28 x 20 1/2"

Will the Grass Grow...

Will the Grass Grow Over It?, 2013, pigmented wax, oil, collaged print matter/linen, 48 x 96"

And Europe Was Silent

And Europe Was Silent, 2015, oil, chalks, wax, over collaged print matter/unstretched canvas, 48 x 96"

Snags

Snags, 2010, acrylic, oil stick over collaged unstretched canvas, 133 x 83"

Curtains

Curtains, 2010, charcoal, gesso over collaged print matter/unstretched canvas, 133 x 83"

Shrub

Shrub, 2010, charcoal, gesso, over collaged print matter/unstretched canvas, 96 x 72"

Hedge

Hedge, 2010, oil stick, acrylic over collaged print matter/canvas, 60 x 55"

Tangles

Tangles, 2010, acrylic, oil stick over collaged print matter/canvas, 60 x 55"

Sold Inventory

A Nesting

Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak, "A Nesting", 2019, print, ink, charcoal, collage, i.s. 10 x 10" / p.s. 15 x 11"

Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice, 2015, oil, chalk, over collaged print matter/distressed canvas, 48 x 96"