Bruce Richards

Artist’s Statement

The titles of the works, which are suggestive of allegorical content, serve as introductions to the images narrative. My aim is to engage the viewer in both the title’s verbal association and it’s visual analogy. My hope is that the work will provide both surface and metaphorical readings that will connect the idea with the image. I hope to bridge the conceptual to the representational. To take the representation beyond the thing represented, beyond a materialistic sense and have it function on other levels. At the same time I want to make the image as interesting visually as it is conceptually.



1973 M.F.A., University of California, Irvine

1970 B.A., University of California, Irvine

Grants and Awards:

1998 California Arts Council (CAC) Individual Artist Fellowship ( painting)

1997 – 98 City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artist Grant ( painting)

1995 Gilroy Roberts Fellowship, American Numismatic Association

Colorado Springs, CO Low Relief Medallic Sculpture

1992 Commissioned Artist, Graphics Arts Council, LACMA ( print)

1984 Eighth National Exhibition, Los Angeles Print Society, First Award, Edward Ruscha, juror

1976 – 77 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship ( painting)

Solo exhibitions:

2014 Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA

2012 Katherine Cone Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2002 Fullerton College, Fine Arts Center, Fullerton, CA

2001 California State University, Fullerton, Grand Central Art Gallery, Santa Ana, CA

2000 Colburn School of Performing Arts, Los Angeles, CA

1994 Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1991 The Works Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA

1990 The Works Gallery, Long Beach, CA

1989 Hunsaker / Schlesinger, Los Angeles, CA

1986 Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA

1985 Santa Monica College Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1984 Fine Arts Gallery, Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA

Survey 1978 – 84, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA

1983 California State University Fine Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1982 Bluxome Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1981 Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA

1980 Newspace, Los Angeles, CA Shirley Cerf Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1979 Survey 1972 – 79, Baxter Art Gallery, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

1978 Casat Gallery, La Jolla, CA Stage One Gallery, Orange, CA

1976 Morgan Thomas Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Wenger and Casat Galleries, La Jolla , CA

1975 Jack Glenn Gallery, Newport Beach, CA

1973 Jack Glenn Gallery, Corona del Mar, CA

Selected Collections:

Grunwald Center for the Arts, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA

Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA

Schneider Museum of Art, South Oregon Univ., Ashland, OR

Billy Al Bengston, Venice, CA

Mr. Walter Hopps, Houston, Texas

Mr. Edward Ruscha, Venice, CA

Mr. Paul Ruscha, Winslow, AZ


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