Nesya Blue

Millay Colony Residency

"Filmmaker/artist Nesya Blue, whose work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, demonstrates a unique capacity to seamlessly move between cinema and fine art.

As cinematographer, her credits include Academy Award-winning films; as a fine artist working with original combinations of painting and photography, her work signifies an emerging artist of note."        

Greg Smith, curator *                                                                           

 "I enjoy Blue's sense of color and composition and admire the way in which she experiments with interesting material.  I also like the scale of these mixed-media works: small enough to retain a sense of intimacy, large enough to project a dynamic sense of presence." 

                                                                                    Agnes Gund, President Emerita of MoMA


Blue's photography and photopaintings have been exhibited in solo shows at the New York Public Library and New York galleries Wild Child and Fifth Street Space. She has been an artist fellow at the Millay and Saltonstall Foundation Residency programs and a recipient of Canada Council artist grants.

Group shows include Millay Colony; Fort Lauderdale International Airport Show; Exhibit A, Soho, New York; and Vechicule Art in Montreal.

Nesya's work is in the collections of MoMA, New York;
B. Comte Architects, Paris; The Brown Company, New York; and Eberhaus Design, Montreal.  Blue's art work and photography has been commissioned for music albums and book covers.

Nesya's credits as Director of Photography and/or Director--for BBC; French and German television; the National Film Board of Canada; and The American Film Institute--include music and social issues documentaries with Tito Puente, Stevie Wonder, Hassan Hakmoun, Brian Eno, MC Solar, Dr. John, The Who, and David Bowie, the Canadian award-winning "P4W Prison for Women," and the Academy Award-winning "I'll Find A Way."

Blue's cinematography contributed to "American Dream," Best Documentary Academy Award-winner; and independent features including Henry Jaglom's "New Year's Day;" "Visions of Light: The History of Cinematography;" "Hollywood Style;" "Street of Dreams;" "The Field;" "Fuel for Love; "Sifted Evidence; and "Transdermal."

As Writer/Director/DP, Nesya made the fiction film "Passages," acquired for the permanent collection of MoMA, the Japan Film Library, and Canadian and European telecast.  Blue was also Writer/Director/2nd unit DP of "Uncertain Futures," a CBC TV drama; and Writer/Director/DP of the fiction short "Pregnant Possibilities."

An artist and photographer since childhood, Nesya attended the Museum of Fine Arts School of Art and Design in her native Montréal, studied with Marshall McLuhan, trained at the National Film Board of Canada, and interned for painters and sculptors.

Blue's professional formation also included camera apprenticeships on Woody Allen features shot by Sven Nykvist and Carlo di Palma, and assignments as camera assistant and camera operator in Afghanistan, the Canadian Arctic, Cuba, Mexico, the American South, and the Haida Gwaii of the Queen Charlotte Islands.

During her years in the film industry, Nesya Blue maintained her dedication to fine art, producing series of still photography and, more recently, photopaintings.

Combining technical expertise with originality, "Blue's inventive synthesis of photography, digital printing, and painting produces sensual and dreamlike images which at once evoke mystery and invitation." *