In an age where images are created on a computer, there is a level of craft that becomes paramount when presenting my work as a painting. By manipulating pure paint, I create images that materialize and dissolve simultaneously, giving way to a new photographic image. This, for me, is a metaphor for the destruction of traditional painting. By beginning with a representational image that is idealized, I work to personalize and reinvent it. The painting is pushed to a point where the viewer can begin to think about his/her own experiences. Either in balance or discord, my paintings also include flat color passages which interrupt the paintings’ surface. These areas of color aid in my efforts to further break down and question traditional formal design elements and search for new pictorial solutions. A balancing point begins to appear between representation and abstraction. I am experimenting with the strengths and elements of each style. As a relationship between the two styles develops, the painting evolves to a place where it begins to speak about ideas, feelings, perspective and perception.
Douglas C Bloom moved from Texas to California in 1999 to attend Claremont Graduate University. After completing his MFA in 2001, he settled in Los Angeles.
Mr. Bloom shows his work nationally and has appeared in publications such as New American Paintings, LA Weekly and the Los Angeles Times. He has been selected for group shows by curators from the Whitney Museum of American Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Contemporary Art Museum of Houston, Hammer Museum of Los Angeles, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Long Beach Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.
Mr. Bloom’s studio is currently located in downtown Los Angeles.
For more information, visit Douglas C Bloom’s website at: www.douglascbloom.com.