Photograph of Artist LESLYE BLOOM
LESLYE BLOOM
Blacksburg, Virginia - United States



Original Artworks (20)

Leslye Bloom; Fruit Salad, 2007, Original Computer Art, 17 x 22 inches. Artwork description: 241  unframed digital photogram, archival ink and paper, up to 17 width ( 10w x 13h ratio) , printed, signed and dated by the artist. Shipped rolled.  ...
Leslye Bloom
Original Computer Art, 2007
17 x 22 inches (43.2 x 55.9 cm)
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Leslye Bloom; Weight Of The World, 2006, Original Mixed Media, 12 x 16 inches. Artwork description: 241 Digital manipulation of original graphite life drawing. Archival print with acrylic hand- painting.There' s something about a real graphite mark that transcends all manner of digital manipulation....
Leslye Bloom
Original Mixed Media, 2006
12 x 16 inches (30.5 x 40.6 cm)
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Leslye Bloom; Daybreak, 2006, Original Reproduction, 28 x 15 inches. Artwork description: 241 Original is SOLD. Archival Ink and Paper ( Epson 4000 on arches digital)...
Leslye Bloom
Original Reproduction, 2006
28 x 15 inches (71.1 x 38.1 cm)
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Leslye Bloom; 3 Irons 2, 2005, Original Computer Art, 14 x 10 inches. Artwork description: 241 Featured in Digital Collage and Painting by Susan Ruddick Bloom, ISBN: 0240807057, Focal Press, Paperback, Publication Date: 2006...
Leslye Bloom
Original Computer Art, 2005
14 x 10 inches (35.6 x 25.4 cm)
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Leslye Bloom; Waterscroll With Rocks, 2005, Original Mixed Media, 15 x 21 inches. Artwork description: 241 Description: One of three works in the traveling, juried, international exhibition: Bridging Cultures through Arts - Partners of the Americas : 2006 - Virginia, 2007 - Brazil...
Leslye Bloom
Original Mixed Media, 2005
15 x 21 inches (38.1 x 53.3 cm)
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Leslye Bloom; Street Spam Ocho Rios Flag, 2005, Original Mixed Media, 22 x 27 inches. Artwork description: 241 Description: One of three works in the traveling, juried, international exhibition: Bridging Cultures through Arts - Partners of the Americas : 2006 - Virginia, 2007 - Brazil...
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Original Mixed Media, 2005
22 x 27 inches (55.9 x 68.6 cm)
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Leslye Bloom; Craig Creek Fog Flag, 2004, Original Mixed Media, 40 x 60 inches. Artwork description: 241 One of three works in the traveling, juried, international exhibition: Bridging Cultures through Arts - Partners of the Americas : 2006 - Virginia, 2007 - Brazil...
Leslye Bloom
Original Mixed Media, 2004
40 x 60 inches (101.6 x 152.4 cm)
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Leslye Bloom; Anabellas Grotto, 2005, Original Computer Art, 5 x 17 inches. Artwork description: 241 Acrhival Print/ Acrylic...
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Original Computer Art, 2005
5 x 17 inches (12.7 x 43.2 cm)
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Leslye Bloom; Technicolor Daydream, 2001, Original Reproduction, 17 x 22 inches. Artwork description: 241 NFS - Collection of the ArtistBOOK: Technicolor Daydream is one of a handfull of examples of digital art in Spotlight on Art, books and CD- ROMs, grade 8, by Dr. Rebecca Brooks, (c)2005, Scott Foresman Student Edition: ISBN: 0328080381Original: JVC Jazz Festival Juried Show, 2001, New ...
Leslye Bloom
Original Reproduction, 2001
17 x 22 inches (43.2 x 55.9 cm)
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Leslye Bloom; Leaf  Wrap, 2005, Original Mixed Media, 12 x 12 inches. Artwork description: 241 Digital - Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas...
Leslye Bloom
Original Mixed Media, 2005
12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
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Leslye Bloom; Carver, 2005, Original Computer Art, 22 x 30 inches. Artwork description: 241 Archival Digital Print...
Leslye Bloom
Original Computer Art, 2005
22 x 30 inches (55.9 x 76.2 cm)
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Leslye Bloom; Threshold, 2003, Original Mixed Media, 19 x 29 inches. Artwork description: 241 Digital collage with acrylic overpainting on board...
Leslye Bloom
Original Mixed Media, 2003
19 x 29 inches (48.3 x 73.7 cm)
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Leslye Bloom; Two Cows, 2004, Original Reproduction, 16 x 24 inches. Artwork description: 241 The original work was purchased by the juror of the show. This is a singular honor!Archival Reproductions in the original size are available, printed and signed by the artist, for $300. 00 US....
Leslye Bloom
Original Reproduction, 2004
16 x 24 inches (40.6 x 61.0 cm)
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Leslye Bloom; Oh Venus, 2004, Original Mixed Media, 12 x 12 inches. Artwork description: 241 Computage Acrylic on cradled masonite...
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Original Mixed Media, 2004
12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
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Leslye Bloom; Any Port, 2004, Original Mixed Media, 12 x 21 inches. Artwork description: 241 Computage Acrulic on Stretched paper...
Leslye Bloom
Original Mixed Media, 2004
12 x 21 inches (30.5 x 53.3 cm)
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Leslye Bloom; Panhandler, 2004, Original Computer Art, 12 x 12 inches. Artwork description: 241 Computage - Acrylic on cradled masonite...
Leslye Bloom
Original Computer Art, 2004
12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
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Leslye Bloom; Gallery  3pm, 2003, Original Mixed Media, 12 x 16 inches. Artwork description: 241 Computage on paper, bonded to masonite, with heavy acrylic overpaintingOriginal has been sold. Reproductions available $150...
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Original Mixed Media, 2003
12 x 16 inches (30.5 x 40.6 cm)
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Leslye Bloom; Cammo Cow Screen, 2004, Original Mixed Media, 12 x 26 inches. Artwork description: 241 Computage / acrylic on paperthree 12
Leslye Bloom
Original Mixed Media, 2004
12 x 26 inches (30.5 x 66.0 cm)
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Leslye Bloom; 3 Irons, 2004, Original Mixed Media, 30 x 20 inches. Artwork description: 241 Computage Encaustic;Honorable Mention, Virginia Highlands Festival 2004 Fine Arts Exhibition; Arts Depot, Abingdon, Virginia; July 31st through S August 15, 2004; Juror: Harry Thompson SOLD - reproductions avaiable $150...
Leslye Bloom
Original Mixed Media, 2004
30 x 20 inches (76.2 x 50.8 cm)
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Leslye Bloom; Street Spam, 2004, Original Reproduction, 17 x 17 inches. Artwork description: 241 Award of Distinction Virginia Highlands Festival 2004 Fine Arts Exhibition; Arts Depot, Abingdon, Virginia; July 31st through S August 15, 2004; Juror: Harry Thompson Oroginal SOLD - reproductions avaiable $300 ...
Leslye Bloom
Original Reproduction, 2004
17 x 17 inches (43.2 x 43.2 cm)
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Artist Statement

Leslye Bloom has always been special. She was one of the very few people allowed to earn Bachelors, Masters, and PhD degrees in Penn State?s prestigious Art Education program. In addition to her traditional art studies she branched out into computers in 1967, becoming the resident graphic artist in Penn State?s Computer Assisted Instruction Lab, working on a timeshared IBM 1100 with all of 16 kilobytes of memory. She thought she had died and gone to heaven when she got an Apple II in 1981 with 64 kilobytes all her own. That was when, as head of Virginia Tech?s Art Education program, she began to integrate traditional and computer art.

As a pioneer in the field, she has had to invent many things, including the name for what she does. “Computage” combines the digital medium with traditional media. That synergy results in works that transcend the pure digital and the traditional. The art world can be surprisingly conservative, but over the past decade Leslye?s work has become accepted into the mainstream, winning prizes in competition with the best of current traditional artists.

Leslye jokes that she has a “Make Art” button on her computer. In more serious moments, she says “Computers are easy. Art is hard.” She may start with a computer image, often from a digital camera, but that is only the start. She?ll “whack” the image in her computer, print it out, whack it some more with encaustic, watercolor, graphite, whatever to get the effect she wants. If she?s still unsatisfied, she will photograph what she?s done, copy that into her computer, and start the process anew.

This show presents examples of her recent work in three general areas: photography based works like Daybreak, works based on life drawing like Weight of the World. and — always with Leslye — pure whimsey like Ducka Lisa's Finger Nails and The Dog Ate It. Even her serious works have a whimsical touch. Each contains one impossibility. Can you find them all? Any of them?

Works in art texts:

•3 Irons 2 is featured in "Digital Collage and Painting" by Susan Ruddick Bloom
ISBN: 0240807057, Focal Press, Paperback, Publication Date: 2006.
•Spring Thaw is one of 15 works featured (with 1 page statement) in Theresa Airey's "Digital Photo Art," Sterling Books, ISBN: 1579905803.
•Technicolor Daydream is one of just a handfull of examples of digital art in Spotlight on Art, books and CD-ROMs, grade 8, by Dr. Rebecca Brooks, ©2005, Scott Foresman, Student Edition: ISBN: 0328080381

Brushes don't make paintings and computers don't make art - Computers are easy. - Art is hard. Computers, acrylics, encaustics and collage fuse in my work. A reviewer has called it "mixed media on steroids. It is invigorating, flexible and lively!" My chief goal over the years has been to push the "new" computer medium to its expressive limit, while retaining the best of traditional studio media.



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