This exhibit, curated by Mark Ormond, features a 10-year survey of landscapes that explore the paradox of perception and representation.
(Sarasota, FL) Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art gallery presents “Bruce Marsh: Now and Then,” November 14-December 31. This exhibit, curated by Mark Ormond, features a 10-year survey of landscapes by Bruce Marsh, a veteran painter and professor emeritus at University of South Florida. A reception, with the artist, is Friday, November 14, 6-8 p.m. For more information, call 941-366-2454 or visit www.allyngallup.com. The gallery is at 1288 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota.
Working onsite or in his Ruskin studio overlooking Little Manatee River (where he lives with his wife, the painter Dolores Coe), Bruce Marsh creates both large-scale, highly realistic oil paintings and smaller oil studies, painted onsite and in the studio. Over the past five decades, Marsh has wrestled with the paradoxes every painter faces, but never settled for formulaic solutions. Each new painting represents a complex matrix of planning and invention.
Marsh’s works hang in museums and corporate collections around the country, including The Ringling; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg; Tampa Museum of Art; and the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland. Marsh has created more than 50 large-scale paintings for public spaces, including for the Orlando International Airport, the City of Tampa, Bank of America, M.D. Anderson Cancer in Houston, IBM in Boca Raton, and American Express in Jacksonville.
According to curator Mark Ormond, this 10-year survey reveals, “the subtle refinement of Marsh’s approach. You can see it in the close attention he pays to the edges in his brushwork or the balance he maintains between contrasts of dark and light.”
Marsh describes his work as, “an extension of my lifelong interest in the processes of perception and representation. My paintings reveal large expanses of space, clarity of light, and a chaos of surface incident that serves to measure the expanse of these places. Color is of critical importance, as I seek to invent means to invoke atmosphere, space, and shifting sources of light.”
The artist adds that, “I never see the world the same way twice. I’m hoping my art will have the same effect on the viewer. After seeing my work, the world might look a bit different. And, maybe, just a little bit larger.”
For more information, visit www.brucemarsh.net.
About Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art was established in 1991. Since the beginning, its founder, Allyn Gallup, has been committed to providing serious art to the community. Through this commitment, the gallery has earned the reputation as the leading place in southwest Florida to view contemporary art. The gallery’s collection includes paintings, sculptures, mixed-media assemblages, works on paper and prints by mid-career artists with well-established exhibition records. The gallery also occasionally showcases works by promising emerging artists. Visit www.allyngallup.com.