Judith Bledsoe embodies the romantic artist's life most people
experience only in dreams. The high-spirited daughter of a
classical violinist, she grew up in California brimming with
ideas. From her earliest days, Bledsoe was a seeker, yearning
to live intensely in a suitable environment for a burgeoning
creative soul. "I had no choice but to become an artist.
I always drew and painted, and also wrote as a child. I made
mythological things, stories, some atavistic things and strange
"Judith Bledsoe’s delicious oeuvre exemplifies a great truth about the art of figurative painting: representation is idea, color is emotion. This puts her one-up on abstract painters who have only colors to work with, any of their non-evocative ideas as arbitrary as Rorschach inkblots. Whether she depicts the infinite varieties of the human face, cats or watermelons, idea is there, and emotion, too, with the extra oomph provided by her extraordinary sense of what happens between form and form, between form and color, between one color and another. Most ingratiatingly, the emotion her paintings invariably give rise to is joy. We don’t have many painters in our new millennia who arrive at that. "
What’s more, she recently created the decors for a Paris production of Jean Cocteau/Darius Milhaud’s ‘Boeuf sur le Toit’ and, in a completely different style, for another called ‘Broadway’. Ever versatile, she also delights in painting, numbering and signing T-shirts as well as shoes and boots commissioned by a fashionable Left Bank Paris boutique, no less,, samplings of which have been prominently displayed there. Her paintings have been shown in many cities across the USA (Las Vegas, San Francisco, etc), and recently in several Right-Bank galleries in Paris including a show at the Mona Bismarck Foundation this summer.
Whether from her earliest lithographs to her latest paintings, collages or sidelines, you live with a Judith Bledsoe opus, you are daily reminded how good it is to be alive".
Bledsoe made her home and studio in Paris, France for the remainder of her life, where she died in 2013.