Beyond the Bio: Bruce Bitter
Beyond the Bio is a series that takes you past the canvas and into the minds of the artists and curators who build the contemporary arts community.
Printmaker Bruce Bitter will be featured at Art City Austin: Art Alliance Austin’s 3-day art fair from March 31st – April 2nd at the Palmer Events Center.
Artist: Bruce Bitter from South Austin
Primary Medium: Printmaking
Why do you make art?
I got into printmaking, while in college. I grew up on the Jersey shore, so I had easy access to gallery and museum shows in New York City and Philadelphia. While on summer break I went to NYC to view the Andy Warhol retrospective at the Whitney Museum. Between that and a demo on silkscreening, I got hooked. After that, I started working in printmaking, mostly the silkscreen process, which I’ve stuck with on and off since.
What do you use to create your work?
Monoprints utilizing silkscreen, intaglio and mixed media
How long have you been an artist and how has your practice changed over time?
I’ve always been an artist. Over the years I’ve diversified into other forms, always integrating printmaking with it. From silkscreen in small editions to monoprints utilizing mixed forms of printmaking, collagraphs, intaglio, even monoprints with pastel. Recently, I have gone back to the beginning, creating abstract monoprints, incorporating silkscreen and intaglio with hand made paper, pastel , acrylic and collage.
Originally from the Jersey shore, Bruce was an avid surfer and beach junkie. Encouraged by numerous trips to the tropics, he created a genre of beach images, which has evolved to encompass a variety of techniques from Serigraphs to Pastels and Mixed Media. His new work involves using Serigraphy as a means to create Monoprints. Using layers of color and adding other media from handmade paper to pastel, he has created a series of abstract pieces on paper and canvas. His need to constantly challenge himself as an artist never ends. His continuous goal is to engage the viewer to identify with his art, whether it be a form of decoration, a destination or an aesthetic attraction. He tries to create integrate process into everyday life by connecting to popular culture and current trends. He strives to be creative and always pushing the envelope while producing the best work possible.
Beyond the Bio is curated by Art Alliance Austin, with the assistance of Scott Nyerges.