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Artist's Statement

I approach painting through abstraction and improvisation, intending to present a universal, timeless glimpse of the sublime and mystical. These paintings are meant to be fun to look at and reveal new meaning with each viewing. Blending experiential memories, sensations and imagination, each work becomes a wellspring of endless engagement, interpretation, mystery and drama that pulsates with life force.

My paintings feature undefined shapes and forms that inhabit and take over energized space. Intrinsic tactile qualities of paint and brushwork are set free to germinate images that could not be made with any other medium. This requires daily exploration and relearning to stay fresh and alive. I utilize traditional materials and techniques. The work is labor intensive and detailed.

Significant artistic influences on my work include Wassily Kandinsky, Mark Tobey, Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Ivan Albright, Martin Puryear, Richard Hunt, Vincent Van Gogh, Richard Pousette-Dart, Kenneth Noland, Agnes Martin and Larry Poons.

I present advanced, contemporary painting with a gravitas that encourages the viewers to use their own imagination and associative reactions. These are paintings that one can live with for a very long time.


Bruce Thorn, March 1, 2024

Bruce's stretchers, Dec 11, 2020 DSC_0384.JPG
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