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Artist Bruce Jolley


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Biography


JOLLEY  
 
Bruce Jolley was born in Santa Monica, California to Robert and Colleen Jolley. His father was a scenic artist for 20th Century Fox Studios, as was his grandfather. Bruce’s exposure to art came early, with his father’s efforts at landscape and portrait painting. He went on to study Landscape Architecture at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, and Urban Design at the University of California, Berkeley. During the 80’s and 90’s he had a wide-ranging career producing development master plans for projects in the U.S. and abroad. His first published illustrations, done in a variety of media, were in architectural trade journals. In 1994 Bruce became Director of Planning for well-known Los Angeles based architect, Jon Jerde, a position he held for ten years.
 
By 2001, Bruce had begun working in oils, drawing material from around the family cabin in southern Utah, a few miles north of the Maynard Dixon studio. (Dixon was an acquaintance of Jolley’s grandmother.) In 2004 he left Los Angeles to paint full time. He does plein-air and studio work.
 
ARTIST STATEMENT
 
After decades of working in the realist world of architecture, it was a natural transition to straightforward landscape painting. All that was new was the medium: oils. And it took ten years to feel that I could get the paint to do what I wanted. Along the way, a style began to emerge that drifted away from realism and towards a more abstracted vision of traditional landscape scenes. I started looking at figures, or more specifically groupings of figures in the landscape. The lessons of Cezanne came home to roost: multiple perspective points, using color rather than value to create depth, color “patches” rather than brush strokes to build a composition. My fascination is with the line where a painting goes from representation to suggestion. [...]

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