The Fourth Wall


Jenny Bloomfield

Suddenly Blue

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The Fourth wall is pleased to present Suddenly Blue: The News That Nature Breaks, recent paintings by Bay Area artist, Jenny Bloomfield. A print catalog is available.

Jenny Bloomfield's powerful oil paintings are a record of her daily grappling with what spins around us. She describes the studio process as a dialogue between her external and internal worlds, which is shaped by her engagement and struggles with the material of paint. On September 9, 2020, as the Bay Area experienced a day without light, Jenny was in Fort Bragg "observing the flowers, trees and bushes turn into ghosts of themselves as the light all but disappeared into brown as the smoke from the Willits fire descended. Standing in the garden – feeling like life was slipping away was profoundly disturbing, and at the same time eerily beautiful. It felt like a melting together of two worlds. Returning to the studio the Suddenly Blue series began."

Jenny Bloomfield was born and raised in London England, moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1987. She studied painting at Hornsey College of Art and The Central School of Art in London. She is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, and has shown work with The Fourth Wall Gallery, George Lawson gallery, Gallery 60SIX, and Don Soker Gallery. Bloomfield’s work has also been exhibited in Marfa Texas, Cal State Hayward, University Gallery Sonoma State, MOCA Santa Rosa, Oakland Museum Gallery 555, Stanford Art Spaces University of Stanford, Kala Art Institute, The Institute of Advanced Uncertainty and the Royal Academy Gallery London.

Her current work is focused on observation of nature. Using memory and recalling what was seen, the journey in paint begins. An enduring influence on her work are the works of the pioneering early photographer Henry Fox Talbot. His sense of discovery, his reduced palette and the spectral quality to his images all resonate with many of the qualities pursued in Bloomfield’s paintings.

She lives in Canyon, CA and works in her studio in West Oakland.