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NAMES, LIKE FACES, REVEAL MEANING. BRUNO SHARES
NUANCE AND NOMENCLATURE IN HIS PORTRAITS.




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A painting without a title is like a theatrical play without a backdrop. The title in someways completes and at times frustrates the narrative. It's similar to a newspaper cover image that becomes charged because of the words inked across it.
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For this reason I take special care when titling my work. ('The Day After')
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The painting, 'My Parents are Home' is another example of using words to charge the scene.
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The idea and title for this painting was based on a personal experience.
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'A Prayer For The Jack Booted Thug'
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The painting 'The Space Between Us' is a triple portrait that has the slightest suggestion of a third person along the edge of the canvas. The title was as much a personal message to the sitter as it is an informative reminder to the viewer that the distance between the viewer the artist and the figure is closer than one might realize.
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This is the great power of painting. The act of viewing generates an action that, like alchemy, bonds the viewer to the artist and the portrait.
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'Fabuler', which is a French verb meaning to invent or create a fiction, is a copy after John Singer Sargent's, 'Lady Agnew of Locknaw'. In my painting I instead used aspects from my own person, like the eyes and the hand, to create a type of self portrait that conceals as much about myself as it reveals about the personality of the painted figure.
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Artifice or not, a personality emerges in the portrait which engages the viewer directly. The other narrative aspects and/or objects in this painting are again hidden, for example, the figure holds a smoking gun in her hand which is concealed in the shadows and the pendent around her neck is a copy of an Elizabeth Peyton painting of Kurt Cobain
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'The Reveal'
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In 'Secretly Hoping for Plan C', the somewhat androgynous figure pensivally gazes outside of the picture plane and the melancholic mood is understated by the simple cool blue background that surrounds the figure's head. In the figures hand is held the Plan B morning after pill packet.
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In the figures hand is held the Plan B morning after pill packet. This painting was inspired by a personal event where the consequences of action resulted in an exploration into the consequences of inaction and a level of issues and problems regarding choice, and lack of voice. That's why the figure sits silently and the words "secret" & "hope" are used in the title.
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JANUARY 3, 2011
 
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