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Bruce was born in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.
He was interested in art from early age and eventually this led to him studying for a degree in Fine Art at Newcastle University, graduating in 1978. Several paintings were sold at his Degree Show and he received his first commissions shortly afterwards, which encouraged him to begin painting full time the following year.
It was whilst at Newcastle that Bruce began to paint landscapes and seascapes on the spot, using mainly oil or gouache, a practice he still continues. Working outdoors has practical difficulties, of course, - not least those caused by the weather - but he tries to cope with those as well as he can in order to have the chance to react directly to the colours, light and textures of the subject.
Bruce has exhibited in many galleries across the country including Mall Galleries, London; Manchester Academy of Fine Arts; Leeds City Art Gallery and he shows work on an ongoing basis at Myton Gallery, Hull and Staithes Gallery.
At Staithes he tutors two residential painting weekends organised by the gallery as part of their Staithes Art School. Also, through the year, he travels to many art groups and societies giving painting demonstrations and workshops, as well as running his own weekly art classes.
In 2007 Bruce was elected a full member of The Royal Society of Marine Artists (later serving as RSMA Hon Treasurer 2014-2019) and is a member of several other art societies in the North of England.
His work is in many private collections in the UK and in 14 other countries, to date, including France, New Zealand and Canada.
Education:- 1967 - 74 Wheelwright Grammer School, Dewsbury. 1974 - 78 Newcastle University.
Qualifications & Awards. B.A.(Hons), Degree in Fine Art (2.1) 1978 . John Christie Scholarship 1977. Cheshire County Council Prizes 1989. John James Hamer Award 1991. Eleanor Sykes Award 1995, 1997, 2000. Laing Competition Guests’ Award 1995, 1997. Calder Graphics Prize 2003.
Art Society Memberships. Fylingdales Group of Artists, Yorkshire Watercolour Society (Committee Member), Hudderfield Art Society, Dewsbury Arts Group.
Exhibitions (group) Include:- London, Royal Society of Marine Artists - 1994 - to present. Singer Friedlander/ Sunday Times Watercolour Competition. Laing National Painting Competition. Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. Manchester Academy of Fine Arts. University of Northumbria gallery. Leeds City Art gallery. House of Commons. Fountains Abbey. Dean Clough Gallery.
Exhibitions Solo:- Hield Gallery, Ripon. Art of Oak, Wakefield. Greenhouse Gallery, Sheffield. Nunnington Hall. Also several in Mulcahy Studio / Gallery, Dewsbury, 1994 to present.
Teaching / Educational Experience:- Painting demonstrations to Art Societies since 1994. Painting workshops (one or two days0 since 2001. Tuition to small groups in Studio / Gallery since 2000. Free Public Painting Workshop, Huddersfield Art gallery, October 2003. Sessions working with pupils at Brownhill Infants School, Batley.
Other Information. Work is held in many private UK Collections and currently in 14 other countries: - Ireland, France, Holland, Germany, Poland, Finland, Norway, Italy, Canada, USA, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Entry in ‘Who’s Who in Art’ 31st Edition 2004.
Entry on Axis Website: (Leeds Metropolitan University).
Cranes by the Tees
Sunlit cliffs, Flamborough Head
Cockburn Street, Edinburgh
Field with hilltop wood