Bruce A. Bauman
New England Impressionist
Bruce A. Bauman's painting instincts were most likely instilled at the foot of his mother's easel where as a young child he scribbled with crayons while his mother painted portraits. When the muse struck, Mr. Bauman signed on to study full time with Paul Ingbretson at the Ingbretson Atelier for five years, and from there went to study landscape painting with Robert Douglas Hunter.
Mr. Bauman has had four one-man shows, the last in New York City and his work has also been exhibited in juried shows at The Copley Society, The Duxbury Art Center, Boston Symphony and other venues. His paintings are held in both corporate and individual collections.
Initially trained in an academic format, Mr. Bauman's approach has become more impressionistic, and he now focuses primarily on landscapes and still life. In terms of technique, you will find evidence of both the palette knife and the brush in Mr. Bauman's paintings. As with most artists, Mr. Bauman's work is evolving through stages, an ongoing metamorphosis as the artist develops skills which become the conduit for the expression of creative impulses.
Mr. Bauman prefers to capture the immediacy of nature by painting “en plein aire” on site, although from time to time he also works from photographs. Locations depicted in the current show range from the Charles River and its tributaries, to salmon fishing camps in Canada.
The Bottom line for the artist is, “You have to paint your personality, otherwise your art will lack depth and meaning. For me, art started out as a kind of intellectual exercise, learning to see relationally and evaluate color and values. The real meat in art is composition and design. The hard work only begins after you learn how to paint. The question then becomes what do you paint”. The answer to that must be found within the soul of the artist. Through a personal translation of color and light, the artist hopes to strike a resonant emotional chord with the viewer.
Mr. Bauman paints out of a studio in Dedham Ma. and his work can be seen on the web (see link below) and by appointment at his studio. His other passions include fly fishing (particularly for bonefish, tarpon and permit), fly tying and billiards.