Artist Steve Bloom has the unique ability to combine his mastery of the most ancient printmaking techniques with contemporary processes to create his internationally renowned imagery. Bloom is never content to work in one medium and has been exploring traditional painting techniques as well as printmaking and digital imaging.
Bloom received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with an emphasis in illustration from California State Fullerton. During his graduate studies, Steve was hired to produce limited edition etchings and serigraphs for an international art distribution company. Within six months, he had designed and set up a premier in-house printmaking studio. With the crème de la crème of resources and supplies at his disposal, Bloom produced editions that are collected all over the world.
“Working with renowned master printmakers and famous artists during that time gave me experience that is priceless,” Steve said. “For example, speaking with Salvador Dali’s Atelier manager regarding embossing processes or discussing a “secret” formula used by Picasso’s Atelier for copper plate etching – those were very exciting moments for me. Creating a serigraph for David Hockney in the late eighties also stands out as a spectacular point in my professional career.”
Years of professional experience have truly made Bloom a master colorist who understands pigments and their relationship with printmaking and painting. A true pioneer of the digital art movement, Steve is one of the few to have his digital creations hanging in galleries. His stylized imagery reflects the emotions and movement he experiences, especially regarding his appreciation of music and the performing arts.
Bloom is an accomplished saxophone player following in the footsteps of his renowned grandfather, Jerry Salone, and his mother, a jazz singer. Growing up in this musical environment provided him with a rich knowledge and appreciation of instruments that serve as the inspiration for many of Steve’s images. The composition of Bloom’s work shows a billowing sense of movement. His figures are creatively active – dancing, singing, and playing instruments – and their corporeal figures ripple with color, vibrating as if the work itself is filled with sound.
Also known for his golf imagery, Bloom’s paintings hang in numerous country clubs. He is the tournament artist for many charity golf tournaments creating signature hole images for the courses as well as mural sized oils for individual clientele.