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Johan Bloom – Artist, Afropolitan and painter

 

With an upbringing in Southern Africa - Botswana and Mozambique - but also among the graniterocks and islets of the Swedish westcoast,  the moderate scandinavian colours now have to collaborate with a more powerful African pallet. An artistic wandering to bring a dynamic balance between north and south, history and contemporary life, rockcarvings and digitalworld. Mainly self-taught, getting completely Africanized during the Mozambique years (1983-1990) with tutors like Naguib and Malangantana. Enriched by travels in sub-saharan Africa and Europe I constantly search for a contemporary and multicutural expression, mirroring the world we live in. 

I work in series, expressing a certain idea. When not painting, I work with artprojects of various kind, Often schools and public areas. All to promote a free mind, multiculturalism and planet Earth. 

Presently living in Grahamstown South Africa.


Biography 

                               

Born 1964, Gothenburg Sweden

 

1977 – 80 Family moved to Gaborone, Botswana. Fell in love with the Kalahari and painted every bird I could see.

80-84 Highschool in Sweden

84-85 KV Art school, Gothenburg Sweden


 

84- 90 Moved to Maputo, Mozambique and later Botswana.  Art studies with Naguib and Malangantana. Solo and groupshows in Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Design consultant for Baikagi  weawing cooperative, Botswana.

90 Moved to Gothenburg, participated in groupshow at Gothenburg artmuseum.                     

92 Relocated to Gerlesborg artcentre north of Gothenburg. Training in traditional boatbuilding. Built two vikingships. Crossed the Northsea in traditional Norwegian pilotboat.

94-99 Teacher training at Gotheburg University. Woodwork, craft and English. Participated in several smaller groupshows.

2000 – 09. Moved to countryside on island of Tjörn. Worked as Art and craft teacher at Stora höga secondary school. Built a new studio. Solo shows in Maputo, Gothenburg, Oskarshamn and Stockholm. Participated in “Easter Open studios” regularly. Became member of KRO the Swedish artist´s union.

2009-2015  Relocated to small coastal village: Skärhamn. Renovated and converted an old school into studio and living space. Full-time artist for the first time. Exhibitions were mixed with artprojects and workshops, often with young people.

Started my own gallery.

Frisläppt – Art in unexpected places. Project to investigate art and space. My art was shown  in three different grocerystores.

Art workshops with Amnesty and highschool students on human rights.

Worked at Nordic watercolor musem as artist in “The big draw”, a project investigating drawing as method of learning.

Started and ran a second gallery in Marstrand, north of Gothenburg, together with four artists.

Soloshows at artfairs in Stockholm and Copenhagen

Solo at Backlund gallery, Gothenburg

Marine trash art sculpture and paintings showed in Brussels, EU Headquarter. Charlemange building.

Easter open studios. Boardmember of the same association, running several projects connecting Art and Tourism industry.


Artbike/Frihjul – Cycling as inspiration to art. Project manager for 11 artists from Faroe islands, Norway, Denmark and Sweden decorating a 5km cycle track and Music, theatre and performances along the same route.

Artbike Wall piece.(2016) With Johan Bloom, Anna Berglund and Johan Eyssen


2015. Moved to Grahamstown, South Africa. Slowly introducing myself to a new, exciting and vibrant SouthAfrican art scene.

2015-16  CapeTown Artfair  March 2016

         National Arts Festival Grahamstown July 2016. Live painting performanca and group          exhibition.

         Three groupshows at Galerie Noko P.E.

Upcoming: FNBJoburg Artfair

          Travelling Solo Exhibition starting at Galerie Noko


 

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CV

 

Johan Bloom 

Exhibitions

2017

 

2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015

 

 

Reflective   Identeties. Galerie Noko. Port Elizabeth. S.A. (Solo)

Art Museum of   Nelson Mandela Metropolitan. Port Elizabeth. S.A. (Group)

Cape Town   artfair

Johannesburg Artfair

Ambassadors Footprint.   Galerie Noko. Port Elizabeth. S.A. (Group)

Absolut art,   Stellenbosch(group)

Sa artgallery   Houtbay,CapeTown. (Group)

Galerie Noko. Port   Elizabeth. S.A. (Group)

National Arts   Festival, Grahamstown.S.A.( Group and performance)

 

Artbike- land   Art.  Tjörn Sweden. (Group)

Galerie Noko.   Port Elizabeth. S.A. (Group)

Galeri Noko.   Port Elizabeth. S.A. (Group)

2013

Scandic   Opalen Hotel, Göteborg. Sweden (solo)

2012 - 13

Gallery   Rådhusgatan 7,  Marstrand. Sweden

2013

Gallery Havshotellet. Sweden

2011 - 14

Open studios Easter, Skärhamn Sweden. (yearly solo exhibition)

2011   - 14

Gallery Koch, Sweden.Stenungsund   Konstvandringen(group)

2011

Vitlycke Museum.   Sweden (solo)

2011

Gallery FRI. Sweden (solo)

2011

Gallery Leva, Visby.   Sweden Exhibition and trash-art workshop (solo)

2011

Gallery Överby,   Stockholm. Sweden (solo)

2010

Artfair,   Copenhagen.Denmark (solo)        

2010

Gallery Hogia,   Stenungsund. Sweden (solo)  

2009

Stockholm   Artfair, Kista. Sweden (solo)

2009

Gallery   Backlund, Sweden Gothenburg (solo)

2009

Gallery   Södra hamnen 31, Tjörn. Sweden (solo)

2009

Gallery   FRI, Skärhamn. Sweden (solo, twice)

2009

Frisläppt,   Konstrea Outdoor exhibition at Tjörns Trädgårdar. Sweden( group)

2009

Gallery   Minimal, Särö. Sweden(Solo)

2008

Gallery   Sundsby Säteri, Tjörn. Sweden(solo)

2008

Municipality   gallery, Tjörn. Sweden(Group)

2007

Frisläppt;   3 ICA grocerystores, Tjörn Sweden. (group)

2006

Municipality   building, Gothenburg. Sweden (solo)

2006

Borealis art   association Gallery Stenungsund. Sweden   (solo)

2006

Uddevalla   Artmuseum/ Bohussalongen. Sweden(group)

2005 - 06

Säbylund konstgård.   Tjörn. Sweden (solo)

2005

Gallery LL,   Tjörn. Sweden(Group)

2005

Gallery   Viktoria, Gothenburg. Sweden(Group)

2004 - 05

Gallery   Cosmopolitan, Gothenburg. Sweden (solo)

2005

2002

Gallery   Traktoren, Gothenburg. Sweden (solo)

Espaco   Artistico, Maputo, Mozambique(solo)

2000 - 01

Gallery Forum,   Oskarshamn. Sweden (solo)

2001

Artmuseum,   Oskarshamn. Sweden. (group)

2001

Gallery Fenix,   Gothenburg. Sweden (group)

1993

Gallery Apart,   Stockholm. Sweden (solo)

1992

1989

1989

1989

Artmuseum,   Gothenburg Decembersalong. Sweden.(group)

National   Gallery, Gaborone.Botswana(group)

Nucleo de arte,   Maputo, Mozambique(solo)

Standard bank   Gallery,Harare. Zimbabwe.(solo)

 

 

 

Projects and workshops

 

2014 - 15           

Artbike/frihjul   ,Tjörn. LandArt along a cycle path. 10 artists from Sweden, Norway, Denmark   and Faroe islands. One of three project managers.

2012   - 14

Big draw   festival, 3 annual public Workshops at the Nordic Watercolour museum

2013 -14

Teckna   är stort, Nordic Watercolour museum. Drawing as   method of learning. Three different schools. Pert time employment.

2012 - 14

Angeläget/Amnesty. Art on human rights. Workshops in   secondary schools.

 

 

2011

Kulturnatta,   Culture night. Stenungsund och Kungsbacka, Sweden, solo show

2012-15

Skapande skola, Art in schools.    Tjörns-, Uddevalla-,

Gothenburg-,   Kungsbacka municipalities. Sweden

2012 -14

Trash-Art   Workshops. For schools, challenged children and teambuilding. Sweden

2012

UCT, Gymnasiet Tjörn. Art project in higher Sec. School..Sweden

2012

FIS, frisläppt i skolan. Trash art in Sec.schools. Sweden

2011

Integrate the   Swedes! Workshop and exhibition.Gothenburg   Municipality: Multicultural unit. Gothenburg   municipality building. Sweden.

2011

Konst-taxin, Mobile Art Gallery. Stockholm, Gothenburg and Westcoast   of Sweden.

2011

Frisläppt,Konst på oväntad plats, Tjörn. One of three project   managers and parttaker. Art in supermarkets, parkinglots and public areas.   Sweden

2010

Frisläppt.   Youth project: Project manager. workshop and exhibition, gallery   Fri and Kulturhuset Stenungsund. Sweden

2009

Kulturstorm Stenungsund. Sweden. Workshops. 50meter Artpiece with 350   secondary school children in Stenungsund shopping mall + 3mx150m art piece in   Art centre foyer.   

2008 - 15

Gallery/studio FRI. Skärhamn. Sweden. Owner and manager since 2008

 

Public Art

 

2015

2014

Artbike/Frihjul. Collective Artwork on rock. 100m long along a cycle   path and road.

Skansvägen, Skärhamn, Tjörn:

100m2 wall painting, aluminium plate + 150m2   ”linedrawing”

on tarmac.

2014

Skärhamn School. 15m2 wall Painting.

2014

Fridas Hage   School, Tjörn. Canteen and outdoor theatre.

25m2 wall   painting

2013

UCT   gymnasium, Tjörn. Wallpainting 2x6meter

2011

Uddevalla   Hospital. 10 paintings in the reception area

 

Representation

 

 

Tjörns   Municipality

 

Oskarhamns   Municipality, Konstnämnden

 

Nordic Watercolour Museum, friends association

Numerous private collections in Eu, the US and Southernn Africa

 

Grants and funding

 

2015

Nordic culture foundation. Artbike (200000sek)

2015

VGR Project funding. Artbike (75000sek)

2014

Tjörn municipality:Artbike/frihjul    (60000sek)

2009-2014

VGR   Arrangörsstöd. Art in schools (50% subsidy)

Project   funding. Konst och mat.

2009

Projectfunding   VGR, Frisläppt  (60000sek)

1998

Wallenbergs   stipendium  (26000sek)

 

Employment

 

2000 - 05

Art teacher   Stora Höga secondary school. Head of dep.

2005 - 09

Craft/woodwork   teacher, Secondary school, Tjörn

1999 -00

Art and   Craft/woodwork Lärjeschool Gothenburg.

 

Education

 

1994-99

BEd. University   of Gothenburg. (Art and craft)

1985

Kv Artschool, 1   year pre university

1984

Socialanthropology   1 term, Gothenburg university

2006

Marine biology   1term, Gothenburg university

1992

Skippers   diploma. Class 8

2015

Mater of yachts,   200gt limited

 

Miscellaneous

 

                                         

2011- 14.

Board member   ”Open studios” . 25000 visitors to

45 artists every   Easter.

2013   - 14

Project manager:   

Artbike/Frihjul.   Landart and art installations along a

5.5km bicycle   track. 11 artists from Denmark,

 Norway, Faroe island and Sweden   participated. 11 concerts and plays.

2014

Live painting   with piano. Grahamstown

2013

Live painting   with jazz, Nordic Water colour museum

2013

Project manager:   

Konst och mat,   Art and food. Collaboration between

art,artists,   hotels, resturants and tourism industry.

2013

Project manager:   

Konstkryss,   “Artcruise”. Visit artstudios and galleries in the

archipelago   by boat.

 

2012 - 13

Frisläppt: “Art   Elsewhere”.  

RenKust. Logo and 8.5meter trash-art sculpture for “ ren kust” ,

marine environment association

 

 

Member KRO , Swedish artist´s union

 

Professional Artist since 1988