village in bloom

A celebration of the arts in the Village of East Davenport


May 2015

 

village in bloom

About John

John Vincent Bloom is the vital hand that took up the brush of Grant Wood to create the regionalist style and spirit in our own time.

Like Grant Wood, his mentor and colleague, John Bloom (1906) was a native who drew inspiration from his immediate surroundings and personal experiences.

During the course of his 60-year career as an artist, John produced a considerable body of work ranging from large murals to intimate studies, sculptures carved in wood to lithographic prints and easel paintings.

His interest in depicting local, American subject matter reflects his life-long commitment to Regionalism, a movement popular during the Great Depression.

John’s often humble subjects are filled with warmth, careful observation and humor.

The sculpture of his playful cat, or the kneeling cow from the Tipton Post Office Mural, present animals within a moment of action that are distinguished by simplified accuracy. His works of art honor the natural world.

The well-observed humor in the painting After Church (1934) or the strength represented in the sculpture Wrestlers (1936) reveals John’s skills of observation and memory.

Another favorite painting, Monkey Island (1987) carefully portrays parallels between people and animals. Look at the child climbing a tree as a monkey does the same nearby. See the standing pregnant woman across from the pregnant monkey on the stone wall.

See some of John's work for yourself at the historic East Village Firehouse!