Has received a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1976),
First Award, 8th National Print Exhibition, Los Angeles Print Society (1984),
Print Commission, LACMA Graphics Arts Council ( 1992)
Individual Artist Grants in Painting from the City of Los Angeles (COLA, 1997) and the California Arts Council (1998).
He has had numerous solo exhibitions in California and participated in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Milan, Italy and Sezon Museum,Tokyo, Japan.
He has work in the public collections of the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach Museum of Art,San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and numerous private and corporate collections.
In 2002 he moved from Los Angeles to Dobbs Ferry, NY to join his wife Guggenheim Museum director of education Kim and renovate the old Village Library ( 1909 – 2002) into a working studio and living space.
Represented in Los Angeles by Jack Rutberg Fine Arts
The titles of the works, which are suggestive of allegorical content, serve as introductions to the images narrative. My aim is to engage the viewer in both the title’s verbal association and it’s visual analogy. My hope is that the work will provide both surface and metaphorical readings that will connect the idea with the image. I hope to bridge the conceptual to the representational. To take the representation beyond the thing represented, beyond a materialistic sense and have it function on other levels. At the same time I want to make the image as interesting visually as it is conceptually.
A much anticipated exhibition of paintings and sculpture by artist Bruce Richards will be presented at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles. The exhibition, Bruce Richards: Future/Past opens with a preview reception on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m., with the artist in attendance. The exhibition extends through November 29.
Bruce Richards, now residing in New York, has long been associated with the Los Angeles contemporary art scene, emerging from the University of California Irvine (UCI) in the early 1970s; a significant period when other artists associated with UCI included Robert Irwin, Vija Celmins, DavidHockney, Chris Burden, Alexis Smith, Larry Bell, Peter Alexander, Tony DeLap, Ed Moses, Craig Kauffman, James Turrell, etc. Richards was part of the Getty-sponsored Pacific Standard Time exhibition, “Best Kept Secret” underscoring this important period in the art of Southern California.
“Darwinian Theory,” 2007
Oil on Linen, 34 x 14 inches The Rutberg Gallery exhibition Bruce Richards: Future/Past offers a full view of Bruce Richard’s works spanning several decades. His paintings – frequently in dialogue with related polychromed bronze sculptures – are created with meticulous clarity, taking on an otherworldly luminosity that catapults them into the surreal. While cited as having some resonance with the works of Rene Magritte who juxtaposed objects from ordinary life into fantastical compositions, in contrast, Richards employs a more singular focus on one or two objects, suspending them in a timeless space – a burning tire or match, a leaf, a twining snake, a coin etc. – to layer references to history, mythology, art, and personal experience and emotions. These layers impart enormous symbolic and conceptual weight to seemingly ordinary objects. His works can be both referential and ironic by contrasting art of the past and present, such as his play between a famous Magritte torso and Marina Abramovic’s infamous performance where she carved a pentagram onto her belly. In another example he juxtaposes the prehistoric depiction of woman, The Venus of Willendorf, with a work by Jeff Koons. Bruce Richard’s visual sleight-of-hand further informs the viewer through his use of titles. Puns and provocative word play provide witty clues to the artist’sframe of reference, sharing a certain sly kinship with another of L.A.’s Cool School icons, Ed Ruscha.
“As Bees in Honey Drown (I),” 2012
Oil on Linen, 22 x 19 inches
Richards states, “My aim is to engage the viewer in both the title’s verbal association and its visual analogy.” The late critic and poet, Donald Carroll cited: “These are not images that simply hang on the wall; they hang in the mind as well – agents provocateurs, teasing us, daring us to light the fuse that will set off a chain reaction of associative thought that lies behind – and beyond – these captured,isolated…representatives of the world we think we know…Bruce Richard’s images are revealed as unexpected illustrations ofwho we are and what we think and, above all, how we think.”
The exhibition, Bruce Richards: Future/Past extends from September 20, through November 29,2014. Jack Rutberg Fine Arts is located at 357 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 AM to 6 PM, and Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM. For more information contact the gallery at (323) 938-5222 or firstname.lastname@example.org