Meet Bruce Riley: The Newest ArtResin Feature Artist Posted on 29 May 22:40
Chicago-based artist Bruce Riley makes some mind-blowing abstract art.
How? He describes a sense of "flow" that comes over him—a subconscious mental zone where heightened creativity is possible. Of course, like everyone, Bruce looks at his empty canvas prior to beginning a piece and has no idea what he will turn it into or how it will all come together. He just starts, pushing past uncertainty and leaping into the unknown. It's there that he'll find his masterpiece.
"I don't know what I'm going to do . . . until I do it"
Working on gigantic panels, Bruce walks around the perimeters of his pieces and paints with his entire body. For him, creativity is a mental exercise as much as it is a physical one.
Process is emphasized over product; he relies on skill and experience as much as he does serendipity and what emerges before his eyes. "You're always investigating," Bruce says, "It's not about an end result; Trying to use techniques you remember but also looking for things you've never seen before." To work this way, an artist cannot be afraid to fail, although this is not to say that Bruce is immune to failure! "It's obvious when it works... it's obvious when it fails!" The openness of investigation that Bruce has cultivated in his art practice allows him forgiveness when things don't go the way he'd like, and the perseverance to keep moving forward in search of what works.
Bruce's pieces are colorful, expressive, repetitive, and engaging. Some have said they have a psychedelic flair to them. But Bruce says he isn't focused necessarily on specific ideas or presenting any kind of narrative. He paints for the enjoyment of it—the ups, the downs, and everything in between.
View our previous Art Resin Feature Artist, Tyler Tilley.