THIS PLACE I KNOW – Richard Bruce Acrylic on birch panel 24" x 24” 2011
New York artist Richard Bruce, originally from Huntington, WV brings his art back to his home state with a show at The Purple Moon opening during the June 23rd ArtWalk.
This Place I Know and Other Works will present Bruce’s dreamlike landscapes and abstract paintings for the first time in West Virginia since 1995.
“My paintings have been heavily influenced by the Abstract Expressionist painters and, during my years in Manhattan I had the great fortune to work with and get to know many of the greats including Joan Mitchell, Milton Resnick and Louise Fishman. Abstract elements are still incorporated in my work, however, now my paintings are much more informed by the area in which I live and the ethereal beauty of the Hudson Valley. Recently I have realized how little my paintings actually have to do with landscape. In fact, most landscape painting holds very little interest for me. I am not trying to create literal depictions of specific places, but am more interested in capturing the experience of the landscape, of being in nature and the inherent spirituality found there. The paintings are very much about the river and the water. When I am not painting I spend a great deal of time kayaking on the river or hiking on the many trails in the area. I am also very concerned about the preservation and restoration of this environment and wonderful resource.” – Richard Bruce
Since leaving the state, Richard Bruce has shown his work extensively and his recent solo exhibits include:
Richard Bruce, Wetlands and Water, Beacon Art/Shortwave Gallery, Stone Harbor, NJ. July 2 August 1, 2010
Richard Bruce, Bodies of Water, Beacon Art/Shortwave Gallery, Stone Harbor, NJ July 1-July 31, 2009
Richard Bruce, Wet Lands and Bodies of Water, Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Beacon, NY September 16, 2006 March 6, 2007
Richard Bruce, Karin Sanders Fine Art, Sag Harbor, NY September 2 October 27, 2006
Richard Bruce, Landscapes, LTMH Gallery, 22 East 72nd Street, NY, NY January 18 February 11, 2005
Richard Bruce: Open Studio, Collaborative Concepts, Beacon, NY, May 17 July 14, 2003
DREAMER – Richard Bruce - Acrylic on birch panel 24” x 24” 2008
In addition, Bruce has participated in group exhibitions including:
Post Cards from the Edge, Visual Aids Benefit, CRG Gallery, January 8-9, 2011
Cologne Meets New York, Kahlshof- Cologne, Germany, January 15, -March 15, 2011;
Travels to Witten, Germany, April 1, 2011.
The Artist Project, NYC, March 17 20, 2011
Richard Bruce, Adam Doyle, Skylight Gallery, NYC, November 4 December 5, 2010.
Beacon Open Studios Exhibition, the gallery at Hudson Beach Glass, Beacon, NY September 3 October 3, 2010.
Habitat for Artists, Recycling the Studio, Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT, July 9, – August 23, 2010.
Scapism, Red Eft Gallery, Wurtsboro, NY, May 15 June 19, 2010.
The Lay of The Land: Suzanne Bennett, Richard Bruce, Karl Saliter, Christie Scheele,
VanBrunt Gallery, Beacon, NY May 8 May 30, 200
Spring Member Show, Garrison Art Center, Garrison NY, April 30 May 9, 2010.
What Matters Most: EcoArtSpace Benefit, Exit Art, NYC, April 10 April 28, 2010
Habitat for Artists, Chashama, West 44th Street, NYC, April 17 28, 2010.
Recycling the Studio, Habitat for Artists, WorkSpace Harlem, NY, NY March 26 -April 24,
In Celebration: Hudson River Quadricentennial, Red Eft Gallery, Wurtsboro, NY, August 8 – September 26, 2009.
Quad 2, VanBrunt Gallery, Beacon, NY June 27 July 26, 2009
Southampton Fresh Air Home Decorators-Designers-Dealers Sale, Auction and Gala, Southampton, June , 2009
Habitat For Artists, VanBrunt Gallery, Beacon, New York, January 17 February 28, 2009;
Bridge Art Fair, LTMH Gallery, Miami Beach, Florida, December 3 December 7, 2008
Red Eft Gallery, Wurtsboro, NY, November 20, 2008 December, 2008
The Designer Show House of New Jersey, Susan Barbieri Interiors, 20 Denison Drive East,
Saddle River, New Jersey, September 20 November , 2008.
Promised Land: artists from the Dar Williams CD, Spire Studios, Beacon, NY, September 9 – October 30, 2008.
Richard Bruce, Jules Perlmutter, Judy Sigunick, Red Eft Gallery, Wurtsboro, NY, August 9, – September 7, 2008.
Splash, LTMH Gallery, 39 East 78th Street, NY, NY, July 16, 2008 – August 21, 2008.
East West Dialogues: Mysticism, Satire, and the Legendary Past curated by Dr. Layla Diba, LTMH Gallery, 39 East 78th Street, NY, NY, May 21, 2008 June 27, 2008.
Madison Avenue Gallery Art Walk Auction, Bonhams, NY, NY, May 10, 2008
First Looks 2: Group Exhibition, Red Eft Gallery, Wurtsboro, NY, April 5 May 11, 2008
Black & White A Group Invitational Exhibition, BAU, 161 Main Street, Beacon, NY March 8 April 6, 2008
Inaugural Exhibition at New Space, LTMH Gallery, 39 East 78th Street, NY, NY, February 28 – May 25, 2008
122 for 122, Benefit Exhibition, PS122, 150 First Avenue, NYC, December 8 December 23, 2007.
GLAAD OUTAuction 2007, Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC, October 21, 2007
Flowers, LTMH Gallery, 22 East 72nd St., NY, NY, September 18 October, 31, 2007
Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm: An outdoor sculpture installation, Garrison, NY, September 1- October 31, 2007
The Nature of Art (summer group exhibition), Karin Sanders Fine Art, Sag Harbor, NY, June 30, 2007 – July 17, 2007
Southampton Fresh Air Home Decorators-Designers-Dealers Sale, Auction and Benefit Gala, Southampton, June 2, 2007
At The Beach (summer group exhibition), LTMH Gallery, 22 East 72nd St., NY, NY, May 30, 2007 July 2007
Black and White: Gallery Artist Group Exhibition, LTMH Gallery, 22 East 72nd St., NY, NY, November 28, 2006 – January 7, 2007
OCTOBER – Richard Bruce Acrylic on birch panel 48” x 48” 2008
Gallery Selections, Karin Sanders Fine Art, Sag Harbor, NY November 2006 April 15, 2007
Hudson River Art: 200 Years of Inspiration, The Alice Curtis Desmond & Hamilton Fish Library, Garrison, NY, October 21 November 29, 2006
Gallery Artist Group Exhibition, LTMH Gallery, 22 East 72nd St., NY, NY November 28 – January 3, 2006
Via Beacon, An Exhibition of 13 Beacon Artists, curated by Coulter Young, Dye Works Gallery, Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center, Garnerville, NY June 4 – July3, 2005.
Continuum II Benefit, Diesel Gallery, 242 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, NY May 13 May 21, 2005
Gallery Artist Group Show, LTMH Gallery, 22 East 72nd St., NY, NY November 16 December 10, 2004
The New Hudson River School, Carl van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, NY January 2004
Inaugural Group Exhibition, Phthalo Gallery, Miami, FL Dec. 2, 2003 Jan 15, 2004
Winter Holiday Exhibition, Somerhill Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC, November 30, 2003 January 10, 2004
Group Show, Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, NY, September 28 October 16, 2002
Earthtones: An outdoor sculpture event by artists reclaiming natural and recycled materials,
in order to weave them into their work, establishing an intimate dialogue with the natural
habitat, curated by Emil Alzamora, University Settlement Camp, Beacon, NY, August 3 – September 15, 2002
Sticks & Stones, Eric Arctander, Richard Bruce, Peter Clark, Stephen Spaccarelli, Alex Uribe, Collaborative Concepts, Beacon, NY July 1 September 8, 2002
Strong Painting, Germaine Keller Gallery, Garrison, NY, July 27 August 18, 2002
The N3 Summer Abstract Painting Exhibition, N3 Project Space, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, June 20 July 14, 2002
Four Artists/ Four Media, Goldwasser/Voltz, New York, NY, April 24 May 15, 2002
Choice Artists/Artists Choice, Omni Gallery, Hempstead, New York, August 27 October 5, 2001
Small Wonder, Lorraine Kessler Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY, May 11 – July 14, 2001
Collaborative Concepts, McDonnell Atelier, Cold Spring, NY, June 3 – Oct 1, 2000
Winter Garden: Richard Bruce, Pamela Casper, Peter Colquhoun, Reggio Gallery, New York, NY, Dec 4, 1997 – Jan 8, 1998
Open Studio Tours, Downtown Arts Festival, New York, NY, Sept. 1997
Inner Sketches, School of Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY, March 1997
Animals in Art, Kunstkabinett, New York, NY, Nov 1996 – Jan 1997
Masks: Theater, Witchcraft, War and Ritual from 1100 BC to Present, Kunstkabinett, New York, NY, Oct 9 – Nov 2, 1996
Transcending Barriers, School of Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY, March 18 – April 6, 1996
Soul in C Minor, 450 Broadway, New York, NY, November 1995
Currents: An Exhibition, The Eighth Floor Gallery, New York, NY, September 1995
The Next Generation: Kilgore Alumni, West Virginia State Museum, The Cultural Center, Charleston, WV, June 24 Oct. 9, 1995
Artists/Friends, The Art Store, Charleston, WV, Oct. 9 Nov. 6, 1993.
Richard Bruce has recieved the following awards:
HUDSON RIVER ARTS AWARD May 2006
Granted by The Society for the Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture with Cross Currents Magazine and Auburn Theological Seminary for The River Seems a Magic Thing conference held at the Museum of Biblical Art, New York City
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE, Collaborative Concepts, Beacon, NY September 2002-2003
NEW YORK FOUNDATION for the ARTS SOS GRANT June 2002 for the sculpture project, Sticks & Stones, at Collaborative Concepts, Beacon, NY
RAY LEVINE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD March 1996 School of Visual Arts – For outstanding scholastic achievement in art therapy
EMERGING ARTIST GRANT 1986 Arts & Science Council, Charlotte, NC
A reception with the artist will be held on June 23rd from 5pm to 8pm during the Downtown Charleston ArtWalk. Live music will be provided by Tofujitsu. The Purple Moon is located at 906 Quarrier Street and open Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm, Saturdays from 10am to 4pm and other times by appointment.