Debra Bloomfield

Debra Bloomfield

Born: 1952, Los Angeles, CA

Biography and Information

Biography
Debra Bloomfield (b. 1952) has been a landscape photographer for over 35 years. Her poetic, large-scale color images draw on the visual language of metaphor and explore the relationship between interiority and the external world. The Wilderness Series was created over a five-year period in a remote area of Alaska. Previous series include Oceanscapes and Four Corners. Bloomfield’s photographs are included in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe; the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She currently teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute and lives in Berkeley, California.

For the past five years I have fallen into a new landscape. An unfamiliar sound deep in the woods captivated my soul’s full attention. The croaking of the common raven, Corvus Corax, has drawn me into this environment. I have delved into Northwest America, the Tongass National Forest, Baranof Island, and the waterways known as The Narrows to create the Wilderness Series. This work consists of both my visual and audible responses to a wilderness, which has pushed me out of my comfort zone as an artist. The journey has made me understand the importance of continued preservation of wild places. Knowing that these untouched places are there for us is a source of comfort and reassurance. -Debra Bloomfield

Education
1979-1981
M.A., San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

1974-1976
B.A., San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

1972
The Center of The Eye, Aspen, CO

1972
The University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

1972
Colorado Womens College, Denver, CO

Exhibitions
2017
Winter Show: Bloomfield | Bussières | Webb, Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2014
Wilderness, Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Wilderness, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, UT
Journey to Wilderness, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Wild America, Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Wilderness, Mountain Film in Telluride, Telluride, CO

2013
See, Hear, Feel: The Photographs of Debra Bloomfield and Christopher Churchill, Phoenix Art Museum, Doris and John Norton Gallery, AZ
From Polaroids to Photograms, Wilderness Series, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, UT

2012
Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California, 1945-1982, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Waterscapes: Photographs from the Collection, Four Corners Series, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM

2011
The Summer Show, Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Altered Reality, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, UT, Oceanscape Series

2010
A Grand View: Arizona Landscape Photography, 1871-2010, Etherton Gallery, Tuscon, AZ, Four Corners Series

2009
Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center and the MSKCC Imaging Center, New York, NY

2008
The Source, Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2007
Nineteen Going On Twenty, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI

2005
X8 Photography, Gensler, San Francisco, CA

2004
Frames of Reference Oceanscapes, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA Monumental Landscapes, Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA The Landscape of Time and Place, Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Oceanscapes, Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2003
Waterscape, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY
Reflecting Buddha images of Contemporary Photographers, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasedena, CA
SFMOMA Artist Gallery Exhibition, Fort Mason San Francisco, CA

2002
Photographs of Frida & Diego, Barry Singer Gallery, Petaluma, CA

2001
Four Corners Project, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2000
Holiday Show, Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1999
Nightfall, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Insiders, Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1998
Gallery Selection, Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA Faculty Exhibition, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass, CO

1997
California Current -The Photographers Perspective, Armand Hammer Museum of Arts and Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

1996
Points of View: Photography from the Collection, University Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA

1995
Four Corners Project 1989-1995, Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1994
California ArtReach/Landscapes, Senator Barbara Boxer, Senate Hart Office Building, Washington D.C.

1993
Gallery Selection, Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA,

1992
Trotsky Series, Camerawork Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1991
Frida/Trotsky, The Contemporary Arts Museum, Honolulu, HI
Remembrances of Trotsky, Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Frida/Trotsky, University Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
Kahlo/Trotsky, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

1989
Frida’s Blue House, Meadow Museum, Dallas, TX
Visions of the Land, Davis Art Center, Davis, CA

1988
Hothouse Series, Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA
Frida’s Blue House, Etherton-Stern Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Contra Costa Alliance for the Arts, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA

1987
Frida’s Blue House, Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA
California Women in Photography, AXIOM Centre for the Arts, London, England

1986
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Fort Mason
Hothouse Series, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI
Santa Barbara Museum of Modern Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Hothouse Series, Wah Lui Gallery, Seattle, WA
Art for AIDS, Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1985
Hothouse Portfolio, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

1984
Pennsylvania State University, Philadelphia, PA
Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, Camerawork Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Heller Gallery, University of California, Berkeley, CA
California Works, California State Fair, Sacramento, CA

1983
Rouge Gallery, Medford, OR
Faculty Show, University of California, Berkeley, A.S.U.C.
Landscape Now, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Fort Mason, curated by Byron Meyer
Contra Costa Alliance for the Art, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
California Works, California State Fair, Sacramento, CA

1981
Women, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Fort Mason
Photographers/Northern California

1980
The Photographer’s Gallery, London, England
Heller Gallery, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Plymouth Art Center, Plymouth, England

1979
Heller Gallery, University of California, Berkeley, CA Attitudes, Santa Barbara Museum of Modern Art, Santa Barbara, CA

1978
Latent Image Portfolio, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
Neary Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA
Outdoor Photography by Women, Holy Names College, Oakland, CA
Kaiser Center, sponsored by Focus Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Collections
Alta Bates Hospital, Berkeley, CA
Amoco Products Co., Denver, CO
Bank of America, San Francisco, CA
Tecoah and Tom Bruce, Berkeley, CA
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
Clorox Headquarters, Oakland, CA
Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
Di Rosa Collection of Contemporary California Art, CA
El Encanto Hotel, Santa Barbara, CA
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, CA
Fidelity Investments Art Collection, Boston, MA
Hewlett Packard, Fort Collins, CO
Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI
Kaiser Hospitals, Marin, Pleasanton, Fremont, Vallejo, CA
Evelyn Lauder Collection, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, New York City, NY
Byron Meyer, San Francisco, CA
Thomas V. Meyer, San Francisco, CA
Microsoft Art Collection, Redmond, WA
Joan Murray, Piedmont, CA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
New Mexico State Arts Collection, NM
Novell Corporate Headquarters
Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP, Washington, D.C.
Persis Collection of Contemporary Art, Honolulu, HI
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Photographers’ Gallery, London, England
The Royal Photographic Society, London, England
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, San Francisco, CA
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Security Pacific National Bank, Los Angeles, CA
Robert H. Shimshak, Oakland, CA
Mr. and Mrs. Barry Singer, Petaluma, CA
Roselyn C. Swig, San Francisco, CA
Thurston Twig-Smith, Honolulu, HI
United States Embassy of Ottawa, Canada
United States Embassy Tunis, Tunisia
University Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Ann Walrod, Berkeley, CA

Awards
2015
Western Heritage Literary Award for Outstanding Photography Book, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, “Wilderness” Monograph

2008
Commission for “Marvels of Modernism” George Eastman House and The Cultural Landscape Foundation

2005
Western Heritage Literary Award in Photography National Cowboy and Western
Heritage Museum, “Four Corners” Monograph

1991-1992
James D. Phelan Art Award in Photography
San Francisco Foundation, “The Trotsky Series” Teaching

Press
2018
Debra Bloomfield, No. 252: Dreaming Landscape, Zoom Magazine, January

2015
Lauren Consuelo Tussing, UNM Press title wins photography award, UNM Newsroom, March 12

2014
Kenneth Baker, Photos Gone Wild, The SF Chronicle, December 27 Scott Iwasaki, Nester Gallery steps into the ‘Wilderness’, The Park Record, December 16
Anita Katz, Debra Bloomfield’s Wilderness Images Spiritual, Evocative, The SF Examiner, December 4
Jennifer Weil, ‘Water World’ – Giorgio Armani Debuts Photo Exhibit, Women’s Wear Daily, November 12
Carol Boss, KUNM ‘Women’s Focus’, Radio Interview, September 27
V.B. Price, Five Questions with New Mexico Authors, New Mexico Mercury, September 5
Herb Statford, Wildest America, Zocalo Magazine, No. 54, Tucson AZ, July/August
Margaret Regan, Wilderness Wonder, Tucson Weekly, July 3-9
An Artists View of Wilderness, Aldo Leopold Research Institute, June Newsletter
Kellie Hwang, Phoenix Art Museum and SMoCA: Sound art exhibits, AZ Central, February 20

2008
Terry Tempest Williams, Still: Oceanscapes by Debra Bloomfield, Chronicle Books
Cory Keller, Suitcase of Memory, Conversation with Debra Bloomfield, Still: Oceanscapes by Debra Bloomfield, Chronicle Books
Jane Gottlieb, Point of View, Photo District News (PDN), October

2005
BJ Williams, Four Corners: Interview with Debra Bloomfield, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK, June 27

2004
Debra Bloomfield, Breath of Light, Four Corners by Debra Bloomfield, University of New Mexico Press
Linda Connor, Introduction, Four Corners by Debra Bloomfield, University of New Mexico Press
Douglas Nickel, Debra Bloomfield: The Four Corners Project, Four Corners by Debra Bloomfield, University of New Mexico Press
Oceanscape, Exhibition Catalogue, Robert Koch Gallery and Richard Levy Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Diane Armitage, Debra Bloomfield: Oceanscapes, The Santa Fe’s Monthly Magazine of the Arts, Santa Fe, NM, September
Jarret Keene, Edges of Salvation, Tuscan Weekly, Tuscan, AZ
Mary Charlotte Domandi, Interview with Debra Bloomfield, Santa Fe Public Radio, KSFR 90.7 FM, Santa Fe, NM, June 11
Lynn Cline, Picturing the Four Corners, The New Mexican, p.34, Santa Fe, NM, June 4
Roy Durfee, Breath of Light, The New Mexican, F-8, Santa Fe,NM, June 4

2001
April Previews, The Magazine, p. 30, Santa Fe, NM, April

1996
Douglas Nickel, Debra Bloomfield, Four Corners, University of New Mexico Press
Art Week, Vol. 27, No. 2, San Francisco, CA
The Desert, At the Beach, 1996 Calendar, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA
Photo Metro, Mag 1995 December, San Francisco, CA
Art Week,  Vol. 27, No. 2, San Francisco, CA

1995
Frida Kahlo’s World, Calendar, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA

1994
The Arch of the Sky: Art and Literature by Women, The Nature Company/ Marquand Books, Inc.

1993
Strange, Amazing and Mysterious Places, Harper Collins Publishers, San Francisco, CA

1991
To Collect the Art of Women: The Jane Reese Williams Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
Honolulu Advertiser, G10, Honolulu, HI, December 22
Articles, February-March, Vol. 3, No. 3, Show Listing, Contemporary
Art Center, New Orleans, LA
Art Week,  Vol. 22, No. 37, San Francisco, CA

1990
Frida Kahlo, The Brush of Anguish,  by Martha Zamora, Chronicle
Books, San Francisco, CA

1988
West County Times, Lifestyle, December 20

1987
Art Week, Vol. 18, No. 44, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Chronicle, Review, December 13
Photo Metro, San Francisco, CA, November
San Francisco Focus Magazine, December

1986
At The Modern, September,  Show Listing, Photo, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Calendar News, Honolulu Academy of Arts,  Honolulu, HI, June
Baby Pictures, Catalog, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, May
The Art Collection, Catalog, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, CA
Latent Image, Forming members Portfolio, an edition

1985
SF Camerawork, Quarterly, Vol. 12 No. 4  Auction Catalog, San Francisco, CA

1984
California Works Catalog, California Works, Sacramento, CA

1982
Art Week, San Francisco, CA

1981
Art Notes, KQED Channel 9, February

1980
35mm Photography, Winter issue, New York

1979
Art Week, Vol. 10, No. 27, San Francisco, CA
Creative Camera, No. 183, London, England
Attitudes: Photography in the 1970’s, catalog, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA

1978
Art Week, Vol. 9, No. 11, San Francisco, CA
Bombay Duck, #5, 1977, San Francisco, CA

 

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