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.