There is a serene, dream-like, quality to each of Bruce King’s vibrant paintings. Travelers move through a world that is filled with light and color, while vivid hues capture the spirit of the land itself. Each stunning piece reflects upon a time lost, but not forgotten, and draws upon the collective memory to remind viewers of the connection that humans have with the world around them.
King has recently brought us more than 20 new works, filled with the same saturated colors and ethereal quality for which he is known. They are currently on display as part of his one-man exhibition “Paint In Motion,” which runs through August 31st.
Join us during the artist reception for “Paint In Motion” on Friday August 21st from 5-8 pm.
Letting The Paint Speak
King begins each painting by allowing the paint itself to set the scene. He brushes on thinned oils and allows the hues to drip and merge on the canvas. Blotting and blending add dynamic elements during this initial stage, and once satisfied King allows the paint to dry and move as it will for a short time.
When he returns to the canvas King searches for familiar shapes and figures in the varied hues. Horses and riders are defined, then are slowly built up as each layer progresses. Trees, mountains, and the vivid grounds that fill the paintings come into focus as he works. He carefully builds each layer, following the guide set by those initial swaths of paint, until a dreamlike world is exposed.
A World Of Dreams
Because the paint itself gives direction to the artist, King’s works have an ethereal quality to them. Saturated color defines familiar elements, and yet there are areas where the landscape is indistinct, as if the world itself is shrouding elements from view. Yet the people and animals in the works are resolute, trusting their connection to the land to guide them.
This trust and connection with the world is one of the things King seeks to convey through his paintings. He wants viewers to get a glimpse of how the land was once free and alive, and he wants his them to, for just a moment, go back to a point where they can feel the spirit in the land and understand the life within it.