Judith Lindbloom
1933 - 2016
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Judith Lindbloom

Judith Lindbloom, abstract painter, resident of San Francisco, died of pulmonary failure on Friday, July 29, at U.C. S. F. Medical Center.
She was born in Detroit on July 12, 1933, the third child of Viola Williams and Alfred E. Lindbloom.
On her 21st birthday she moved to New York City, drawn there by her love of jazz. She found work at Oxford University Press, where she met Gloria Granger, a painter who had studied with, Charles Pollock.
In the mid-1950's Ms. Lindbloom and Ms. Granger attended a play; during an intermission they looked at Franz Kline paintings set on easels in the lobby. With all of the bravado of someone who has not yet found her calling, Lindbloom said, "I could make paintings like these." Granger called her bluff saying,"I'll supply you with canvas, paint and brushes." Thus began an active career in painting that lasted six decades, ending only a month before her death.
By the late 1950's she was well known in the jazz clubs and artists' bars of New York. Saxophonist Sonny Rollins said he practiced for a time in a room with nothing in it but a Judith Lindbloom painting on a wall.
In 1979 Lindbloom moved to San Francisco and resumed painting. Here she was also soon active in Alcoholics Anonymous and at The St. Martin de Porres House of Hospitality.
Her most recent solo exhibition was at Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, New York. Lindbloom's paintings are currently represented by Albert Shahinian Fine Art in Rhinebeck, NY.
Her work also became known through record cover art. For Roaratorio Records' LP offering, Steve Lacy's Sideways, she made 399 different original cover paintings. She did a number of other – less laborious – record covers for both Roaratorio and Verve.
Ms. Lindbloom is survived by among others, her brother Eric Lindbloom of Poughkeepsie, NY, sisters Jean Jacobson of Ann Arbor, MI, and Ann LaRue of Toledo, OH, nephew James Lindbloom of Minneapolis, and niece Sarah Relyea of Brooklyn.
A memorial service is planed for September. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Martin de Porres House of Hospitality, San Francisco, are suggested.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Aug. 2 to Aug. 3, 2016.
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April 25, 2019
Oh, I'm sorry it took so long to find this. Judith was my neighbor for 15 years and we exchanged works of art. She is still influencing my work. I miss you my friend.
Tai Miller
December 1, 2017
I am so sorry to just be seeing Judith's obituary now, late in 2017. It's been a few years since we saw each other, and I just decided to google her...Sorry also to have missed her memorial.

Judith was a passionate painter and a passionate talker, funny and wry. I met her in 1971 when she was with her long-term partner Nancy Von Bretzel in Cambridge, MA where we all lived together briefly on Putnam St.

We saw each other sporadically over the years here in San Francisco. She was living clean and sober, totally dedicated to her art. I remember her apartment vividly, her cats, jazz records always playing.

Rest in Peace, Judith. I miss you.
E.G. Crichton
May 9, 2017
Miss you so...in life did not get to see you much take care
October 21, 2016
Judith was my friend. The day after Thanksgiving, for over 20 years , she would come for dinner. We couldnt do Thanksgiving day together, because she would be at Martin's which is how she referred to St Martin's - which she was devoted to. The past 2 years her failing health made it difficult to climb the 3 flights of stairs to our apartment, especially as she was worn out by the previous day. The last words we said to each other were "I love you."
Tony Tadlock
August 21, 2016
A memorial service for Judith will be held on Sunday afternoon, October 23, 2016, at St. Martin de Porres House of Hospitality.
August 14, 2016
I had the good fortune of being your neighbor for a few years. Our somewhat brief exchanges were always a pleasure and you had me laughing many a time. It's sad to know that the Mission has lost such a great character. Thanks for the memories.
August 12, 2016
I've gotten to know you over the past 10 years as a funny and caring person. You always made me laugh with your stories and how much you loved painting. You are a great person and your presence will be missed around the Mission.
Take care, 2700.
Jake, Michele and Sergio.
jacob Dineen
August 5, 2016
Released from the tethers of an aging physical body, be free now, dear heart, to continue creating and loving as you always have.
Leah Cochrane
August 3, 2016
Paint the heavens.
August 3, 2016
I'll miss our long conversations about jazz, art, love, life, and families that we shared over the past nearly 40 years. May she rest in PEACE!
Bruce Ackley
August 2, 2016
Judith was A wonderful woman. She will be missed and remembered. With love. From all her friends at 2900 and at St. Martins. My condolences to her family. Cathi and Leah
Cathi and Leah Cochrane
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