When I first came across Oliver Bloom‘s paintings I was immediately struck by their upfront attitude and his love of 20th Century aesthetics that takes us from the Primitivism of the early 20th Century – when African art, Iberian sculpture and Micronesian and Native American art lit the fuse of Cubism – to the radicalism of the Abstract Expressionists in the 1940’s and 50’s and the defiance of the Neo-Expressionists in the late 1970’s and early 80’s.

His use of rich colours, a wide tonal range, deep textures and non-euclidean perspectives gives a dynamic form to these still lifes and abstractions, each picture an interpretation of both the familiar and the images arising from the subconscious; an expression of mood and energy, of a deep relationship between the subject and the object, the painter and his muse.

The emotional relationship Bloom has with paint is borne in his actions and while his paintings could be seen as a welcome and comfortable addition in a trendy 1970’s apartment – with their psychedelic patterns, flat shapes and endless tones of colour – they are far more than that. Rather they’re a testament to an artist who is always looking, searching, for juxtapositions between form and colour in order to expose the tensions that exist on a picture plane. To make a picture that generates its own life through the forces that are within the painting rather than without.

Moray Mair 2015 Mutantspace



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South Charente France Newspaper 2002



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Time Out London Guide 1990

Oliver Bl oom

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1980 Wimbledon school of Art
1981 Solo.Chenil Art Gallery London SW3
1983 Solo. Drey Gallery London S.W.3
1986 Group.Merz Contempory Art London .
1998 Solo. The Walk. London S.E.1
1999 Solo The Bar room London Hampstead
2000 Group. The walk London S.E.1
2002 Group Faites des Artes Charente France
2002 Solo. Chateau de Chalais Charente France
2002 Gallerie Cinq Riberac, France
2002 10 Salon des Artes Dordogne, France
2002 Office de Tourisme, La Charente, France
2001-2003 Permanent exhibition at Le Boucl'Art, Bordeaux
2004 The Steam passage, London Islington.
2006 Solo show foyer Pleasance Theatre London N1
2007 Solo Show The Barnsbury London N1
2011 Catto Gallery Hampstead