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William Bloomfield

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Siblings, 2007 Alabaster 10“ X 9“ X 3“ © William Bloomfield
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Kinesis, 2007 Green Soapstone 13" X 6" X 3" © William Bloomfield
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Wave Action, 2009 Honeycomb Calcite 13" X 6" X 8" © William Bloomfield
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Unitivity Theory, 2010 Steatiite-soapstone 8" X 6" X 7"
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Voila, 2009 Alabaster 17" X 13" X 5.5" © William Bloomfield
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Voila, 2009 Alabaster 17 © William Bloomfield
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Emergence, 2012 Alabaster 21.75 © William Bloomfield
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Fertility Myth , 2010 Alabaster 11“ X 28“ X 6 © William Bloomfield
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Fertility Myth , 2010 Alabaster 11" X 28" X 6" © William Bloomfield
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Autochthonic, 2008 Alabaster 14” H X 4.5” D X 15” L © William Bloomfield
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Autochthonic, 2008 Alabaster 15“ X 14“ X 5“ © William Bloomfield
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Changeling, 2013 Alabaster 9.25" X 9" X 2.25"
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Changeling, 2013 Alabaster 9.25" X 9" X 2.25" © William Bloomfield
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Totem 1, 2013 Aabaster 7.25" X 8.75" X 3.5" © William Bloomfield
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Totem 1, 2013 Alabaster 7.25" X 8.75" X 3.5" © William Bloomfield
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Primordial Matter, 2008 Alabaster 6“ X 7“ X 8“ © William Bloomfield
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Tragōidia, 2014 Stone - Alabaster 14" X 17.5" X 6.5" Inches © William Bloomfield
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Untitled2, 2014 Stone - Alabaster 14" X 17.5" X 6.5" Inches © William Bloomfield
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Voila!, 2009 Stone (alabaster) and Copper 17" X 13" X 5.5" © William Bloomfield
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Archaeozoic Elements, January 2015 Stone - Alabaster 23 X 17 X 9 Inches © William Bloomfield
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Siblings in Black & White, 2016 Resin 10 X 8.75 X 3 Inches © William Bloomfield
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Siblings in Black , 2016 Resin-plaster 10 X 8.75 X 3 Inches © William Bloomfield
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Quick Facts
Lives in
Lexington, Massachusetts, USA
Works in
Lexington, Massachusetts, USA
Schools
Brandeis University, Heller School for Social Policy & Management, Ph.D., Social Policy
Lesley College, International Development, Grad. Studies
The University of Akron, Ohio, B.A., Education & Theatre
Tags
sculpture conceptual, stone, abstract, sculpture, conceptual, surrealism
Statement

   

WILLIAM BLOOMFIELD

Stone Sculptor

A couple thoughts on carving stone……

After a quick stone-carving lesson in the late 1970s I was hooked. But life got busy and I put away the tools until 2006 when I enrolled in The DeCordova Museum School. Since then, I've had the opportunity to study at The Chautauqua Institution's School of Art and with several respected Boston-area sculptors. 

From that initial exposure to stone carving more than 30 years ago I discovered that an essential element of my creative process is to let go of any preconceptions I might have of what the stone might evolve into before I put chisel to stone. At the start, I find it essential to become as familiar as possible with the raw stone -- it's surface characteristics, structural elements, and internal composition – before doing any visioning or preliminary shaping in my mind. Then I settle on an initial direction, which inevitably changes many times until I discover the true path to take. After several years of having sculptural works evolve without the end in mind when I begin, I am now comfortable allowing a deeper creative, non-linear process free rein – while physically chiseling and filing but often without consciously guiding the tools – until the direction is reasonably clear; at which point I’m not always sure how the transformation from a chunk of stone to a sculpture happened. 

 

William Bloomfield REVIEW

"If stones could dance, Bloomfield’s sculptures would be weaving and waving instead of sitting calmly under their display cases. Each piece has a flow, a movement and an attitude, looking poised for flight. His beautiful stones are carved into graceful curves and edgy lines and the sculptures are abstract. The soapstone piece “Kinesis” could be likened to a Möbius loop, giving the feeling of endlessness. A solid looking piece made the feeling of endlessness. A solid- looking piece made from steatite, named “Unitivity Theory,” has a smooth, gentle side and an active, etched side, perhaps containing elements of gravity, magnetism and all the other items in the Unitivity Theory which was penned by author Leroy Amunrud...“Many artists start off knowing what will happen when they carve,” he said. He recalled one time when he was trying to sculpture an owl, but the result, while striking, was not anything like he expected. His wife admired it and said though he knew him well she was surprised it came from him. “I am exploring how you can create movement, integrated movement in stone. It’s pretty challenging,” he said.

by Cynthia Sorn
Gleason Library showcases three New England artists: The Carlisle Mosquito - May 29, 2013

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2015/16

-      Louis Gallery - Juried Group Exhibit, Portland, ME

-      Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park - Juried Group Exhibit, Cornish, NH

-      Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park - Juried Group Exhibit, Woodstock, VT

-      42 Maple Contemporary Art Gallery - Duo Exhibit, Bethlehem, NH

-      Bridgewater State University - Juried Group Exhibit,  Bridgewater, MA

-      Historic New England - Juried Group Exhibit, Portsmouth, NH

2012/14

-       New England Sculpture Service - Juried Group Exhibit, Boston, MA

-       Art at the Gleason - Duo-Art Exhibit, Carlisle, MA

-       The Fells - Juried Group Exhibit, Newbury, NH

-       Concord Art Association - Juried Group Exhibit, Concord, MA

-       MA State Transportation Building -  Juried Group Exhibit,  Boston, MA  

2010/11

-       Franklin Art Center, Juried Group Exhibit,  Franklin, MA

-       Bridgewater State University - Juried Group Exhibit,  Bridgewater, MA

-       State Transportation Building - Juried Group Exhibit, Boston, MA  

-       Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery - Juried Group Exhibit, Fall River, MA

-       Concord Art Association - Juried Group Exhibit, Concord, MA

-       Concord Art Association - Francis Roddy Open Competition, Concord, MA,

-       Lexington Open Studios - Lexington, MA

 2007/09

-       DeCordova Museum School Juried Exhibit - Appropriations, Lincoln, MA

-       DeCordova Museum School Juried Exhibit - Finding Balance, Lincoln, MA

-       DeCordova Museum School Juried Exhibit - Movement, Lincoln, MA

-       DeCordova Museum School Juried Exhibit - Viewpoints, Lincoln, MA

-       DeCordova Museum School Juried Exhibit - Finding Form, Lincoln, MA

 

AWARDS

2015

-     Showcase Competition Winner, ARTSlant Network, ARTSlant.com

2014

-     Showcase Competition Winner, ARTSlant Network, ARTSlant.com

2013

-      Juried Showcase Winner, ARTslant Network, ARTslant.com

-      Showcase Competition Winner, ARTslant Network, ARTslant.com

2012

-      Showcase Competition Winner, ARTslant Network, ARTslant.com

2011

-      Showcase Competition Winner, ARTslant Network, ARTslant.com

 

MEMBERSHIPS

-      New England Sculptors Association (President & Board Member)

-      Concord Art Association, Concord, MA

 

EDUCATION

-      Stone Sculpture, Scott Cahaly, Cambridge-Bedford, MA, 2012 – 2015

-      Stone Sculpture, DeCordova Museum School, Lincoln, MA, 2006 – 2012

-      Stone Sculpture, Em Marquis Brown, Marblehead, MA, Summer 2010

-      Figure Study, Chautauqua School of Art, Chautauqua, NY, Summer 2009

-      Heller Graduate School, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, Ph.D.

-      International Studies, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, Graduate Courses

-      Education, University of Akron, Akron, OH, B.A.

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