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I-91, Hartford, CT Painting

Frank Bruckmann

United States

Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 24 W x 18 H x 3 D in

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Bruckmann delivers a moving anthem to riding the highways of his environment with a series painted from the driver’s seat. A nomad at heart, the artist has established roots in his Westville, New Haven community, but nevertheless, still enjoys packing up his easel and painting landscapes “en plein air” all over New England, and the world. This body of work focuses on the journey itself, and the result is a body of work so energized and texture laden that it’s like rush hour on the canvas. About his process, Bruckmann states: “The first step is to pore over the hundreds of photos that I have taken while traveling on our highways. Next is looking for the most interesting design using the relationships of cars, trucks, and bridges, combining various photos to create a new image and a stronger composition. … [then] the process of using the paint to subtly sculpt the color onto the canvas, while building up textures layer over layer, continues, until the desired effect is accomplished.”

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:24 W x 18 H x 3 D in

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Frank Bruckmann-artist statement In my late 20’s I discovered painting and enrolled at DuCret School of Art in NJ, and the Art Students League in New York City. I found art was an effective and satisfying way to express myself. Oil painting became my primary medium. I spent nearly a decade between France at the Ecole de Beaux Arts, and in Spain, studying the Masters in the great museums. These informative years solidified my intent to become a full time painter. I usually land on a theme for a new body of work because I want the challenge of painting something complex but then I find I am drawn to the subject matter for more significant reasons. In two bodies of work, Occupational Spirit (2009), and Breaking Bread (2015), I am asserting the importance of human contact…of having a relationship to your family, your friends, your community by sharing a meal, or getting your oil changed or your hair cut from the local tradesmen; as opposed to giving your dollars to the box stores, or chain restaurants. Through these bodies of work, I was challenged technically, and generally happy with the painted results, but the byproduct of provoking some conversation around how we choose to live, which was of interest to many, was a great surprise. My evolution as a painter has resulted from painting almost daily, (with phases of sleep-deprived intensity), from observing other artists’ work, and traveling to landscapes that deserve being preserved. During fair weather I follow the sun and paint when the light is just right. Studio work with live models and varied subject matter keep me busy when winter comes to New England, spending many evenings painting through the night. In the quiet of night I enter a flow of creativity, a state of exhilarating productivity. Painting is the way I interact with the world, to explain who I am; as opposed to using speech or written communication, two methods that I find can be very difficult.

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