Meet Jessye Bloomfield

Posted in Inside Scoop by Teddy Hall on 04th July 2016

Jessye Bloomfield is an arts producer, writer, presenter and art historian, and luckily for us she’s just joined the Rise Art editorial team as a regular contributor to the Rise Art blog (as though she didn’t already have enough to do!). With several projects on the go, from curating for the Tate Collective, to making cultural videos for The Royal Academy of Arts and the BFI, and interviewing renowned artists and musicians, you can be sure that Jessye knows what she's talking about when it comes to the arts! We were delighted when we managed to coerce her into joining the Rise Art Team and we can’t wait for everything she’s going to be sharing with us from her world of art and culture. For a first look we managed to pin her down to find out more about her favourite artists and exhibitions, her go to inspiration and her top picks on Rise Art.

Jessye Bloomfield with her pin-up art collection

So where did the Rise Art Style Quiz place you? How did you find it?
It told me I was an Urbanite ‘cool, cosmopolitan & sleek’ – if only! I loved the personalised picks that were emailed to me, but most importantly it gave me the chance to choose affordable works at a price I could actually afford and not just dream about.
Do you collect any art yourself?
I have a print by Duggie Fields called ‘Dynamic Pervesity’ and a couple of prints by Eduardo Paolozzi, they’re colourful and fun and epitomize 70s and 80s Postmodernism. I think of Clement Greenberg’s line – ‘we are told to respect the old masters, not kitsch; and yet we go and hang Maxfield Parrish or his equivalent on our walls, instead of Rembrandt and Michelangelo’. In the 70s and 80s my mum ran a vintage shop called Glamour City and I’ve ended up with her 50s pin-up collection.

Dynamic Perversity

Duggie Fields


Which era of art are you most drawn to?

I’m always drawn to British Pop and artists like David Hockney, Peter Blake, Allen Jones, Pauline Boty and Eduardo Paolozzi. Pauline Boty is an important British Pop figure but she died in 1966 at age 28 and has been largely excluded from recognition, Tate Britain now has her painting ‘The Only Blonde in the World’ on display and she’s finally getting some attention.

A Picture of Ourselves

David Hockney

Go-to source for for inspiration?

I find tons of inspiration and enjoy discovering new artists on It’s Nice That. I love their features on graphic artists and their down to earth tone. Recently I met the girls behind Hotdog Magazine, their focus is specifically on women artists which I think is great and they show poetry alongside collage art –  Issue 1’s sold out, but I’m keeping a beady eye out for Issue 2.

Favourite artist? (Impossible to answer I know!)

Yes it is really difficult to chose just one as I like to think I have an open attitude with broad taste, from Dutch masters to Constructivism to British Pop and everything in between. If I had to choose just one artist I would pick Anselm Kiefer because of the narrative and multi-layered nature of this work. Kiefer was the focus of my dissertation and I made a video about his powerful retrospective at the RA. 

You studied for your BA in History of Art at the Courtauld in London, what drew you to the world of arts?

I joined Tate Collectives, the Tate’s peer-led programme, when I was 15, which pretty much sealed the deal for me. The best part has been working with and meeting so many diverse artists. I’m not an artist myself but I still design and lead arts workshops at the Tate, which gives me the chance to engage with fine art practices. I also love to produce arts videos and interview artists.

Jessye getting creative running a workshop at the Tate


Must-visit exhibition right now?

The Utopia series at Somerset House, which marks the 500th anniversary of Thomas Moore’s publication, is my must-visit event this year. I loved their exhibition ‘Venturing Beyond’ about unsanctioned public art – my highlight was Antwan Horfee & Russell Maurice’s residency during which they produced new works in situ. At the end of June the Uptopia Fair opens. Most of the shows are free, so well worth checking out the programme.

And finally, your 3 favourite artworks on Rise Art?

My first favourite has to be Sir Peter Blake’s 'Some of the Sources of Pop Art 7' print.

Some of the Sources of Pop Art 7

Sir Peter Blake

'Jurassic Wiener' by Super Future Kid is great, I love her bold and graphic style.

Jurrassic Weiner

Super Future Kid

And I also love the Joan Miro lithograph ‘L'Oiseau Migrateur’.

L'oiseau Migrateur

Joan Miro