RICHARD BRULAND

 

EDUCATION
                        
           California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA.   BFA
           The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

EXHIBITION HISTORY - SELECT SOLO SHOWS

2018  WHOA!, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2017  Peripheries, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2014  Continuum, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2012  New Paintings, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2010  New Fades, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2007  Reflections: Forms & Fades, Davis & Cline Gallery, Ashland. OR  (Tandem solo)
          Richard Bruland / Steve Klein, Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA  (Tandem solo)
2006 Gail Harvey Gallery, Santa Monica
          Richard Bruland – Davis & Cline Gallery, Ashland, OR 
2005  Solo - Mt. San Jacinto College Gallery, San Jacinto, CA
          Fades - Gail Harvey Gallery, Santa Monica
          Shadows & Fades - An Evolution From 1990 to 2005, LA Artcore, Union Center for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA
2004  Airs & Fades, Gail Harvey Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 
2003  East of Western, Gallery 825 Bergamot Annex, Santa Monica
2001  Lines & Shadows & Fades (Oh My!), Ojala Gallery, Echo Park, CA
          Shadows & Fades, Gallery 825, Los Angeles
          Shadows & Lines,  Don O’Melveny Gallery, Los Angeles
1999  New Paintings, Century Gallery, Sylmar, CA
1998  Selected Works 1990-1998, SITE Gallery, Los Angeles
          New Works,  LA Artcore Brewery Annex, Los Angeles
1997  Paintings, LA Artcore Center, Los Angeles

SELECT GROUP SHOWS

2018  Imagine, Platt Gallery, American Jewish University
2017  Winter Show, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica
2016  Artful Platt Gallery, American Jewish University
          ABSTRACTION Group Show, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica
2013  Summer Group Show, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica
2012  Small Paintings, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica
          Tarfest,  E. Annex Gallery, Variety Building, Los Angeles, CA
          Artists Invitational, Conley Gallery, California State University Fresno
          Summer Group Show, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica
2011  Abstraction” group show, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica
2010  small works” group show, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica
          Shades of Blue, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica
2009  Marked Intensity,  Mt. St. Mary’s College Gallery, Los Angeles
          Introductions…  Lanning Gallery, Sedona AZ
          Summer Group Show, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica
2008  Tarfest, Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles.   Juried by Howard Fox, LACMA
          New Directions (3 person show), B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY
          Little Light  (3 person show),98ten Fine Art, Irvine, CA.   Curated by Sarah Park
 2007 Open Show 2007, Gallery 825, Los Angeles.  Juried by Howard Fox, LACMA
          Winter Biannual, LAAA South, Hermosa Beach, CA. Juried by Susan Cross
          Haus Guests,  Brewery Projects, Los Angeles. Curated by Bill Rabe & Nina Amsler
 2006 Introductions 2006, Davis and Cline Galleries, Ashland, Oregon
          Saturation & Surface, Gallery 825.  Juried by Nancy Silverman-Miles
 2005 In The Abstract, Gallery 825, Los Angeles. Juried by Carl Berg
          Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art
2004  Between 1-10, Gallery 825, Los Angeles. Juried by Jack Rutberg
          White Planes, Gallery 825, Los Angeles.  Juried by Michelle Isenberg                       
2003  National Juried Exhibition, Palm Springs Desert Museum.  Juried by Gordon Fuglie
         Things D’Art”, Gallery 825, Los Angeles.  Juried by Mark Greenfield
          L.A. Metro,  University Gallery, Clarion University. Clarion, PA 
2002  Big Wave IV, Andrew-Shire Gallery, Los Angeles . Curated by Young An
          Pacifically Designed, Gallery 825, Los Angeles
          The Valentine Show, L.A. River L’il Frogtown Gallery, Los Angeles. Curated by Frank Romero
          All Media Juried Exhibition, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA. Juried by Ashley Emenegger
          What’s Really Going On?, Gallery 825, Los Angeles. Juried by Habib Kheradyar
2001  Nature as Source, LA Artcore Brewery Annex, Los Angeles. Curated by Lydia Takeshita
1999  Small Treasures, Don O’Melveny Gallery, Los Angeles. Curated by Don O’Melveny
1998  Rockies to the Pacific, SITE Gallery, Los Angeles.  Juried by Llyn Foulkes and Roland Reiss
          Biennial, Century Gallery, Sylmar, CA. Juried by Jay Belloli
1996  Visual Rhythms, Coons Center Gallery, Occidental College, L.A. Curated by Hendrik Stooker
1995  Open Juried Competition ’95, Century Gallery, Sylmar, CA.  Juried by Etan Boritzer
1994  Current Abstraction, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, L.A. Curated by Noel Korten
1993  Depayser, Artspace Gallery, Woodland Hills, CA.  Juried by Joni Gordon
1992  Art & Critique, SITE Gallery, Los Angeles.  Curated by Scott Canty
          Haunted Visions/Celestial Ecstasy, 801 N. Brand Gallery, Glendale. Curated  by G. Fuglie
1988  Small Works, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA.  Curated by Jim Starrett

 

PUBLICATIONS

2016   Abstraction Group Show, by Genie Davis, Artscene, Vol. 35, No.9, June 2016
2013  Coming Out, Richard Bruland, New Paintings, by Peter Frank, Fabrik Magazine, February 2013
2012  New Paintings, Artweek L.A., October 29, 2012
          Old Dog, Young(er) Dog, by Peter Clothier, Huff Post Arts & Culture
         Richard Bruland's Resonant Paintings Anything but Simple, by Holly Myers, Los Angeles Times, December 7, 2012


ARTIST'S STATEMENT

For the past 25 years, Bruland’s paintings have reflected a reductive approach focused on the transition from light to dark in combination with a highly detailed surface. Referencing elements found in the real world - light, shadow, atmosphere, etc. his paintings would often suggest a landscape interpretation. The paintings that make up his 2017 show Peripheries continue those directions and ideas, but in a more abstract way. Bruland began working on these new paintings in the summer of 2015. From the start, he found himself drawn to the edges and the relationship of the periphery of a painting to its center – an interest that continues to play out over the entire body of work that makes up Peripheries.

Los Angeles painter Richard Bruland had spent almost ten years away from painting running Bebop Records & Fine Art, his record store / art gallery / performance place in Reseda. When Bebop closed in 1991, Bruland wanted to get back to painting, but in as fresh and spontaneous a way as possible. He knew he wanted to move away from what he had been taught and find a more intuitive, spontaneous approach to painting that was reactive – rather than a consciously imposed re-iteration of what he already knew. He was instinctively drawn to a more reductive approach focusing on the transition from light to dark that suggested elements found in the real world - light, shadow, atmosphere etc. - but without any reference to specific landmarks. The resulting body of work, developed over the last 25 years.