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Jim Bloom was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1968.  He moved to Philadelphia in the mid 1980s, where he currently lives.  Bloom attended Temple University in 1988 intending to study film, but left after his introductory year.  From childhood on, Bloom has been making visual art that is directly related to his own experiences, as well as his interests in film, story-telling, and the visual languages of his culture.  Influences include artists Jean-Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, and Red Grooms, who Bloom says impacted him early on with a sense freedom and boldness of expression which he extends to his own vision and work. 

Bloom’s recent large scale expressive, colorful, textured paintings have evolved from signature drawing and collage styles which the artist has developed and honed since childhood.  Portraits or scenes often evoke film stills loaded with information about the subjects depicted and the artist himself, telling stories with biting wit and irony, often incorporating text.  Bloom says he wants to make artistic images that function like television; to capture the eye and quickly convey a message or feeling that will leave a lasting impact on the viewer. 

Exerpt from Raw Vision #75 Spring/Summer 2012

STORIES OF WIT AND IRONY: Ron Schira introduces the singular paintings of Jim Bloom

 

Karl Slocum reveals passion for the work of Jim Bloom





Solo Exhibitions

2011

"Jim Bloom:  Above the Waist" March 18 - April 10, 2011

St. Asaph's Gallery, presented by Coalition Ingenu in cooperation with Outsider Folk Art Gallery

27 Conshohocken State Road, Bala Cynwood, PA 19004

2010

 

Somewhere Inside

Just Folk

2346 Lillie Avenue

Summerland, CA 93067

November 2010

 

Social Phobia

The Knapp Gallery

162 N 3rd St.

Philadelphia, PA 19106

March 5-28, 2010

 

2009

Them

Vivant Art Collection, in cooperation with Coalition Ingenu

60 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

January 2nd - 31st, 2009

2008

Jim Bloom:  Recent Works

Outsider Folk Art Gallery

201 Washington Street suite 504 Reading, PA 19601

January 5th - February 29th 2008

Toxic Psychiatry

Allens Lane Art Center

Allens lane & McCallum Street

February 29 – April 29, 2008                                                                                                       

Jim Bloom:  Life Story

The Gallery at Home & Planet

25 E. 3rd St. Bethlehem, PA 18015

March 7- 30, 2008

 

2007

Jim Bloom

Outsider Folk Art Gallery

201 Washington Street suite 504 Reading, PA 19601

February 1 – March 31, 2007

Jim Bloom: Home Town

Sweet Mabel Folk Art & Craft

41 North Narberth Avenue

Narberth, PA       19072  

July 6 – August 31, 2007                            

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2009

The 4th Annual Outsider Art in the Hamptons Exhibition

Visionary, Art Singulair, & Self-Taught

Galerie BelAge
8 Moniebogue Lane
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

June 23 – September 8, 2008

2008

Between The Lines:  Artists Using Words

Art Sites Gallery

651 West Main Street (Route 25), Riverhead, New York 11901

September 20 – November 16, 2008

Third Annual Outsider Art in the Hamptons

Galerie BelAge
8 Moniebogue Lane
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

July 3 – September 8, 2008

Internal Guidance Systems:  A critical cross section of international artists who represent the vanguard of a new modern movement in visionary art.  Anne Grgich, curator

Outsider Folk Art Gallery

201 Washington St. suite 504

Reading, PA 19601

July 13 - August 24, 2008

Festival International d’Art Singulier

Service culturel  de la ville d’Aubagne

Espace Culturel Comoedia

Cours Maréchal Foch

13400 Aubagne, France

July 26 – August 24, 2008

Outside In: Outsider Art Festival

GaGa Arts Center (with the HAI studio in NYC)

55 W. Railroad Ave.

Garnerville, NY 10923

June 9 – July 13, 2008          

Survey 2008: Outsider Art in America

Juried Exhibit of Outsider Art selected from all over the United States

The Gallery at HAI – 548 Broadway, New York, NY

January 9 – April 25, 2008                 

“NOTHING IS BLACK + WHITE”

 Art by Outsider, Visionary, Art Singulier + Intuitive Artists:

Art Sites Gallery     

651 West Main Street (Route 25), Riverhead, New York 11901

December 1, 2007 - February 4, 2008

                  

2007

14th Annual Atlanta Folk Festival (with Sweet Mabel Folk Art & Craft)

North Altlanta Trade Center

Norcross, Georgia

August 17- 19, 2007                 

Coalition Ingenu: Core Group Sampler

Philadelphia Welcome Center

16th Street & JFK Boulevard

Philadelphia, PA      

August  -- October 2007                       

Coalition Ingenu: Observations and Interpretations

St. Asaph Gallery

27 Coshohocken State Road

Bala Cynwyd, PA                             

Survey 2007: Outsider Art in America

Juried Exhibit of Outsider Art selected from across the United States

The Gallery at HAI – 548 Broadway, New York, NY

January 9 – April 25, 2007                         

2006                  

“Coalition Ingenu: Selected Works

Creative Way / Wren Fellini Gallery

849 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA

November 3 – November 30, 2006    

The Coalition Ingenu Collection of Outsider Art

The Gallery at HAI  

548 Broadway, 3rd Floor

New York, NY

September 13 – November 7, 2006 

Survey 2006: Outsider Art in America

A nation-wide survey of Outsider Art sponsored by Hospital Audiences, Inc. and Fresh Art

The Gallery at HAI

548 Broadway, 3rd Floor

New York, NY  

January 11 – March 14, 2006                   

2005

                                              

Coalition Ingenu at RHD

Lucretia Mott Room – Resources for Human Development

4700 Wissahickon Avenue – Philadelphia, PA

October 11 – January 12, 2005

The Urban Outsider: with Coalition Ingenu, Hospital Audiences, Inc. (HAI) and fresh art

Journey Home Gallery

948 N. 8th Street – Philadelphia, PA

September 9 – October 28, 2005                                                                              

Art for the Cash Poor

Sponsored by InLiquid

Old City Park – Philadelphia

June 23, 2005

Health Care for the Homeless Annual Conference

Marriot Hotel – Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

June 10 – 14, 2005

Coalition Ingenu – Small Works by Five Artists

White Dog Café and Restaurant

3420 Sansom Street – Philadelphia, PA

February 28 – April 1, 2005      

Outsider Art in America – Survey 2005

A nation-wide survey of Outsider Art sponsored by Hospital Audiences, Inc. and Fresh Art

The Gallery at HAI

548 Broadway 

New York, NY  

January 12 – March 15, 2005       

The Great Earth Planet Sun Expo:

Urban outsider art from the self-taught artists of Coalition Ingenu.

Allens Lane Art Center

Allens Lane and McCallum Streets - Mt. Airy, PA

January 15 – February 13, 2005

 

Jim Bloom biography picture at the Outsider Folk Art Gallery
Jim Bloom
(b.1968, -) Philadelphia

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