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Dan Bruggeman

 


Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Dan Bruggeman moved to New York, waited many tables and learned his way around the art world of the Eighties. He only started showing his work after moving to Saint Paul & meeting Sally Johnson of Groveland Gallery. His work focuses on his interest in the history of landscape painting, combined with a fascination with how humans have impacted North America. You can find examples of Dan's work at the Groveland Gallery website.

 

"The single, most useful product that has impacted my studio practice in the past few years is the discovery of the Golden line of mediums. Ten years ago I developed an intolerance of solvent based materials. This discovery was annoying as I had based most of my artistic practices on oil paint and associated materials. I had to re-learn how to paint with acrylic, which was challenging, but I had also employed the use of wax, encaustic and other materials to build up translucent surfaces.

The discovery of these polymer mediums and your simultaneous introduction of the Patti Brady, Rethinking Acrylic book has been creatively liberating for me. Much of my work depends on the conceptual presentation of the history, geography and memory of place. I build up layers of material over collaged maps and documents. With a little practice and experimentation, the polymers have become easier, more predictable and safer to use than the wax and encaustics I used to employ.

In conclusion, I suspect that my work and health has improved because of the versatility, cleanliness (water clean-up) and relative safety of the acrylic mediums I currently use."

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