Today I’d like to write about an artist who also did the Rye Painters on Location this weekend: Bruce Bundock.
It takes an extraordinary mind to see the beauty of Tyvek, T11 siding and an above-ground pool set serenely in Eden. This is a legitimate extension of the social realism of Millet or Hopper, but we are so blind to working-class, rural New York that we don’t immediately recognize it. (New York has the highest and fastest growing income disparity in the nation*.) What interests me is that Bruce seems genuinely fascinated by these modest houses; there isn’t a shred of sentimentality in his work.
Rye Beach Pavilion, by Bruce Bundock, September 13, 2008, acrylic
To see more of Bruce’s paintings, go to http://artid.com/members/bundock