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Art Blom

Contact info:
566 32 5/8 Rd
Clifton, CO 81520
p. 970-434-7957
c. 970-201-6944
artworksab@q.com

Areas of Concentration:

Painting
Oil
(Western Landscapes, )
» teacher of this discipline

Affiliations:

Image
Gallery

Palisade Valley Covered by Snow 30w x 24h Gateway to Hideout Basin 20w x 30h Green River 24w x 18h Mid-Day 24w x 20h Rabbit Brush 30w x 24h Dawn's Awakening 18w x 24h

Biography & Artist's Statements

              Art Blom was born and raised in Idaho. He received a BFA from Boise State College in Boise, Idaho, then went on to receive an MFA from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Following graduation he became an assistant professor and head of the sculpture program at Grand Valley State Colleges in Allendale, Michigan. His teaching experiences include other fine art classes at Hope University in Holland, Michigan; the Community College of Denver in Denver, Colorado, Graduate Teaching at the Ohio State University, high schools, private classes, and Intern Study for a graduate Student, accredited by the University of Arizona.

                He has been a recipient of many awards and honors in his field. Among these are several Artists Consultancy and Research Grants, exhibition awards, and special honors. He has been selected as a featured artist in several programs throughout his career and has given demonstrations of his two- and three-dimensional art technique(s) throughout the country. He has shown extensively in one and two-man shows, group shows, juried shows and invitational exhibitions throughout the United States and participates in local community art programs and affairs. Art's creative background is widespread; other accomplishments include a US patent, and he has various artistic and innovative interests.

                After moving from the Midwest to Colorado in the 1980's, Art became interested in two-dimensional art works of nontraditional objectivity and technique. Still very much a sculptor he embarked on an extensive series of detailed drawings and paintings having to do with man-made surfaces, such as highways, sidewalks, etc. These exhibited a fascination of surface itself:  rich texture and color were brought to paper and canvas. During the time he was working on this he also worked seasonally as a guide at a remote wilderness lodge. Having been raised in the West, his fondness of the outdoors was rekindled by the Colorado wilderness; the untold variables of nature soon attracted his artistic interests and fit his talent.

At about the same time that he switched from acrylic to oil paint, he also swapped his brushes for a palette knife. Soon he discovered that using the knife broadened painting possibilities, thereby giving him altogether new avenues of expression and abundant artistic freedom. This also ran parallel with his sculptural grounding, so texture once again appeared strong. His skillful application of paint, saturated with color, depicts much more than a traditional landscape might. Close examination of his paintings show fluid surfaces and reveal great and small wonders of color and texture within the overall whole of the painting.


 

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