The Paintings of Brain Rutenberg
On Loan from the Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC
October 10 - December 21
Opening Reception: October 20, 6-8 pm
The landscape, complex in its layers, has guided abstract painter Brain Rutenberg’s approach to composition and color for the entire development of his career. He draws on the landscape that he remembers from childhood, growing up between Pawleys Island and Charleston, South Carolina, where rivers and lakes join the ocean. He adds to this a strong influence from the music of Glenn Gould and Celtic culture, as well as the painters Joan Mitchel and Hans Hofman. The resulting work elicits a profoundly visceral experience as he reinvests abstraction with a sense of spirituality.
Brian Rutenberg is a Fulbright Scholar, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, a Basil Alkazzi USA Award recipient, an Irish Museum of Modern Art visiting artist program participant, and has had over two hundred exhibitions throughout North America. Rutenberg's paintings are included in such museum collections as Yale University Art Gallery, The Butler Institute of American Art, Bronx Museum of Art, Peabody Essex Museum of Art, Greenville County Museum of Art, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, South Carolina State Museum, and many others. His popular YouTube videos "Brian Rutenberg Studio Visits" are viewed daily by people all over the world.
Brian lives and works in New York City with his wife Kathryn and their two children.