Bruce Garrity’s landscapes are poetic explorations of pictorial inventions and equivalents for the visual experience of nature. The paintings are developed from perception, in on-site drawings and paintings, memory and art historical reference. These spaces are the more intimate surroundings of forest interiors.
The areas that are depicted, mostly of the Delaware Water Gap, are familiar places. There is an intimacy with the changes in these places, cycles of decay and renewal, both natural and manmade. A saturated color palette, suggesting a kind of infra-vision, invokes the sounds and smells of the forest, as well as a palpable sense of life. The layering of calligraphic marks, glazes and thick impastos of pigment articulate the energy and vitality of the natural world. The small wild places depicted are often just out of view of human encroachments of housing, highway and industry. This juxtaposition suggests the human presence even when the figure is unseen.
His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions, most recently in the exhibitions “Projected Memory” (2018) at the Stockton University Art Gallery and “Bruce Garrity: Recent Work” (2015 and 2017) at 3rd Street Gallery in Philadelphia. The artist’s work is in numerous private and public collections.
In addition to Stockton University, he has taught at Rutgers University in Camden since 1997. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Delaware and Rowan University. Garrity received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Delaware, and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.