About Bruce Bingham

Artist Statement

I love painting in oils. I remember when I was five, it was summer. I was on our screened-in porch bending over a sheet of white paper laid out on the table where we ate supper. I could hear the waves lapping on the shore, smell the salt air on the breeze, and listen to the birds sing in my favorite tree as I smeared my finger paints across the page. Sometimes I would climb that tree to watch the sticky cocoons turn into butterflies. Sometimes I would charge across the sun-baked beach to the waters edge and grab a wet handful of sand to bring back to scrub into my finger paintings: bright colors and gritty, muddy mixtures.

I love painting in oils with the lush bright colors and somber combinations that I can push around the canvas with my brushes or palette knife. The textures, layers and colors mesmerize me. The movement of my hands applying paint grounds me, and the smell of the oil paint drying calms me. Painting is my sanctuary where I play with the warm and cool colors, the range of hues and variations of texture- making sense of the world around me. Years later and now my studio is the cocoon nurturing my paintings before they take flight.

I see the essence of pure energy behind my reality. The colors, mood, and mystery of the moment intrigue and inspire me. I sense the magic and fleeting change of the fog before it lifts and the frost before it melts and squeeze it onto a flat canvas. I feel the texture of life and allow the paint to create its voice like the sunlight warming the soft fur of a cat. The more spontaneously I can allow myself to translate the energy in the language of painting the more unique my interpretation of reality. So I am a chaser of magic that glimmers and twinkles just beyond the surface of what I see, following fireflies shimmering on a warm summer's night. I love painting in oils.

Meet Bruce

Bruce has lived abroad for ten years and recently returned to the states settling in the Austin area. She is enjoying painting the local color and unique venues that Keep Austin Weird!

“I believe we live in a world filled with wonder, surrounded by hidden beauty naturally embedded everywhere. Many miss it, some never see it, and others overlook it.” —Bruce Bingham

“"Every Painting in this series was created upon the discovery of a magical moment. Once time passes, that moment is lost forever. As an artist, I capture this magical moment in time on canvas for you with explosions of color, juicy oil paints and textures by lush brushwork.” —Bruce Bingham

Réalisme Interprétatif

J'adore peindre à l'huile. Je me rappelle d'un été quand j'avais cinq ans. J'étais sous notre véranda entourée d'une moustiquaire, penchée au-dessus d'une feuille de papier blanc posée sur la table où l'on dînait. Je pouvais entendre le bruit des vagues sur la plage, sentir le sel dans la brise et écouter le chant des oiseaux dans mon arbre préféré et je barbouillais mes peintures avec mes doigts. Parfois, je montais dans l'arbre pour regarder les cocons collants devenir des papillons. D'autres fois, je me précipitais sur le sable brûlant jusqu'au bord de l'océan et j'empoignais le sable humide puis je retournais à ma peinture. Je faisais alors des mélanges de couleurs vives avec ce sable graveleux et de la boue.

J'adore peindre à l'huile. J'aime ses couleurs riches et vives et les mélanges sombres que je peux étaler sur la toile avec mes brosses ou mon couteau à palette. Les textures, les couches et les couleurs me fascinent. Le mouvement de mes mains en appliquant la peinture me relie à la terre et l'odeur de la peinture qui sèche me calme. La peinture est mon sanctuaire dans lequel je joue avec les couleurs chaudes et froides, la diversité des nuances et les variations de textures. Pour moi, cela donne du sens au monde qui m'entoure. Les années ont passé et maintenant c'est mon atelier qui sert de cocon nourrisseur à mes peintures avant qu'elles ne prennent leur envol.

Je vois l'essence de l'énergie pure derrière ma réalité. Les couleurs, l'humeur et le mystère du moment m'intriguent et m'inspirent. Je ressens la magie et le changement fugace de la brume avant qu'elle ne se lève ou encore la gelée avant qu'elle ne fonde et je les fais ressortir d'une toile plane. Je sens la texture de la vie et je laisse la peinture créer sa voix tout comme ferait le soleil en chauffant la douce fourrure d'un chat. Plus je me permets de traduire de façon spontanée l'énergie du langage pictural, plus mon interprétation de la réalité me semble unique. Et me voilà, tel un chasseur : je capture la magie qui scintille et qui brille juste derrière la surface de ce que je vois, poursuivant des lucioles scintillantes un soir chaud d'été. J'adore peindre à l'huile.

Galleries

Public Collections

  • Hilton Hotels
  • Gold Key Development
  • Tucker Fine Arts Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Suntrust Bank
  • Crestar Bank
  • Wachovia Bank
  • Central Fidelity Bank
  • Norfolk Psychiatric Center
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Portsmouth Psychiatric Center
  • Cape Henry Library
  • ADIsoft Corporation, Germany
  • Wilcox & Associates, Florida

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2011 In Living Color, St. Julians, Malta
  • 2007 Coeur de Maison, Autun, France
  • 2006 New Hope Gallery,New Hope. Penn.
  • 2006 Kaleju Gallery, Riga, Latvia
  • 2005 Cobalt, Va. Beach, Va.
  • 2005 Beach Gallery, Va. Beach, Va.
  • 2004 Beach Gallery, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 2003 The Phillips Gallery, Cape Henry Collegiate,Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 2003 Beach Gallery, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 2001 Decorum, Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1997 Visions Gallery, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 1996 Visions Gallery, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 1995 Visions Gallery, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 1995 Zeitgeist Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1993 La Galleria, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 1988 The Stanley Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1987 The Stanley Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2016 Artists of Texas Annual Juried Show
  • 2016 Long Beach Island Plein Air Plus
  • 2016 Women Artists of the West Annual Juried Show
  • 2016 Oil Painters of America Salon Show
  • 2015 Oil Painters of America Salon Show
  • 2015 Old Post Office Museum and Art Center 4th Annual National Competition
  • 2015 Richardson Civic Art Society Regional Art Show
  • 2014 AIS 15th Annual Juried Exhibition, Denver, Co. www.abendgallery.com
  • 2014 The Painted Garden, Virginia Beach, VA, (757) 482-8139 www.beachgallery.com
  • 2013 The Painted Garden, Virginia Beach, VA
  • 2012 The Painted Garden, Virginia Beach, VA
  • 2011 Kros and Kenosis, Malta
  • 2010 National Art Competition Malta
  • 2007 Chasen Galleries, Inc., Richmond, VA, (804) 204-1048, www.ChasenGalleries.com
  • 2007 Chasen Galleries, Inc., Charlotte, NC, (704) 376-0066, www.ChasenGalleries.com
  • 2007 Beach Gallery, Va. Beach, Va.
  • 2007 The Little Gallery, Moneta, Va.
  • 2007 Cadr'Art, Beaune, France
  • 2006 Gallery on Merchant's Square, Williamsburg, Va.
  • 2006 The Shooting Star Gallery, Suffolk, Va.
  • 2006 West End Gallery, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 2006 Harbor Gallery, Norfolk, Va.
  • 2006 The Little Gallery, Moneta, Va.
  • 2006 Beach Gallery, Va.Beach, Va.
  • 2005 Harbor Gallery, Norfolk, Va.
  • 2005 Beach Gallery, Va. Beach, Va.
  • 2005 The West End Gallery, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 2005 Nasemond Suffolk Show, Suffolk, Va.
  • 2004 Moralas Gallery, Outerbanks, North Carolina
  • 2000 Inizio, Phoenix, Arizona (National)
  • 1999 South Beach Gallery, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 1999 Greenleaf Gallery, Outerbanks, North Carolina
  • 1998 The Artist's Gallery, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 1997 Icirus,Glen Eure Gallery, Outerbanks, North Carolina (international)
  • 1996 Crestar Bank, Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1995 The Alternative Space, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 1994 Contemporary Center for the Arts, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 1993 Contemporary Center for the Arts, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 1992 Artworks Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1991 Artworks Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1990 North Carolina Art Guild, Lexington, North Carolina
  • 1986 Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, Maryland
  • 1985 Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, Maryland
  • 1980 Ghent Galleries, Norfolk, Virginia

Education

  • University of Oklahoma, Bachelor of Fine Arts,1978

Associations

  • Plein Air New Mexico
  • Women Artists of the West
  • Plein Air Artists Colorado
  • Oil Painters of America
  • American Impressionist Society, Inc.
  • American Women Artists
  • Outdoor Painters Society
  • Artists of Texas
  • Plein Air Austin

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