"I am interested in making paintings that refer to landscape in a most non-specific way. "
Price range: $1,950 to $8,400
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Richard Bruland
Contemporary artist Richard Bruland is interested in making paintings that refer to landscape in a most non-specific way. Atmosphere, light, color and shadow are elements of nature that people everywhere experience and by eliminating the specific, Bruland’s paintings can help re-connect the viewer to their own memories, emotions and experiences.
Bruland was born in Lima, Peru and raised in Geneva, Switzerland. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and graduated from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. However, his lifelong interest in creating art found itself initially supplanted as music first claimed his artistic attention.
In the early 1980s Bruland opened California’s Bebop Records and Fine Art. It was a record store/art gallery/performance place that became one of the best-known small venues in Los Angeles in the ‘80s. Performers such as Los Lobos, Lucinda Williams, Jane’s Addiction and Beck graced its stage while artists such as Raymond Pettibon were granted early shows at the gallery. In 1990 Bruland closed Bebop to concentrate on his own painting. [In 2007 California State University, Northridge, established an archive on Bebop which includes over 1000 hand-made posters that Bruland made for the store.]
As a contemporary painter Richard Bruland has spent a lifetime developing his highly personal approach to visual art. “We live in a high-tech visual world dominated by computerized special effects and video/DVD manipulations…. What is a mere painter to do?” Bruland has set himself the task of using only traditional methods and materials to produce paintings that - even in this modern world of sensory overload, can hold their own and draw people in.
“My paintings are neither issue-driven, nor anthropological examinations of cultural minutiae,” Bruland notes, “but rather a very personal exploration of my own particular signatures.” Though structurally abstract, it is a transition from light to dark that infers a sense of place in Bruland’s paintings. In his newest body of work, fades of paint come not only from one edge, referencing a physical landscape, but from all edges, inferring what many see as an “inner landscape.”
Over a field of textured gesso, Bruland builds, in meticulous and methodical patterns, an average of 15 layers of acrylic paint, creating layers of color that are revealed only after he sands down into the works. This sanding creates a smooth base on which to wash the gentle fades of paint that complete every piece.
With primary importance placed on clarity and a compelling use of color, Richard Bruland finds that it is all of these elements that help him achieve a certain psychological edge in every painting.
To learn more about Richard Bruland’s singular technique, watch this video!