Linn Bruce: Stories in Color

October 30, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Linn Bruce’s vibrant paintings reveal a mastery of color. Bruce exploits the ability of color to evoke emotional and symbolic associations as well as to describe the world. Each work develops organically as he explores the effects of color, both subtle and surprising. Shimmering veils interact with densely accumulated layers, animating the surface and creating chromatic intensity.

The first person to graduate from Marlboro College with a concentration in painting, Bruce went on to study in New York City. Returning to Vermont to join the faculty of the Putney School, he trained several generations of students in creative thinking and art making. All the while he maintained a rigorous studio practice.

Stories in Color comprises a selection of paintings representing Bruce’s artistic concerns. An ardent traveler, Bruce finds inspiration in wild color combinations he sees in places and cultures around the world. He then employs these juxtapositions to maximum effect in his work, whether representational or abstract.

Flowers figure prominently in Bruce’s oeuvre. Bunches and bunches of blossoms in vibrant hues spill across his canvases with wild abandon. Even when the paintings are fully abstracted, their underlying sense of abundant nature asserts itself. One body of paintings consists of pure jazzy abstraction, in which colors may harmonize, be syncopated, or create dissonance.

All Bruce’s artworks tell the story of a life lived in and delighted by color.

— Mara Williams, Chief Curator


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October 30, Friday, 5:30 p.m. – Opening Reception