Welcome to Epitaph for D’s Art Takes. Here we present the creative legacies of influential people, who are no longer among us. Today we invite you to take a look at the life of the American artist, Paul Bloodgood.
Paul Bloodgood was born in Nyack, New York in 1960. He graduated from Yale University in 1982 with a BA in painting. He also received his MFA from Maine College of Art several years later, in 2002.
Bloodgood spend much of his time during the late 80s and early 90s honing his artistic skills. He would create paintings inspired by his immediate environment. He also closely associated with fellow artists of the time – looking for opportunities to make his place in the art world.
Around 1990, Bloodgood co-founded the AC Project Room in New York. The space was based out of a spare room at Art Crate, an art-moving company where Bloodgood was employed. He saw this spare room as a real estate opportunity and used it to put up some very impressive art exhibitions. AC Project Room was an artist-run gallery. They effectively launched the careers of many young artists. Their roster included Byron Kim, Luca Buvoli, Anne Chu, Kim Jones, Isa Genzken and many more creatives who lacked proper representation. After having a successful run during the 90s, AC Project Room shut down in 2001.
After completing his studies at Maine College, Bloodgood focused on his own art. He started work at Martha Stewart Omni Media. In 2003, he began developing a 350-colour palette for house paint and interiors. The palette was based on Paul Klee’s colour system. Bloodgood’s palette eventually came to be used and sold all over America.
Bloodgood’s works have been exhibited at several blue chip art galleries around the world, including David Zwirner, Wilkinson Gallery and many others. He died in 2018.
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