Education
1973  M.F.A., University of California, Irvine
1971  Secondary Teaching Credential, University of California, Irvine
1970  B.A., University of California, Irvine
 
Solo Exhibitions
2024  Soundings, Sea View Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2024  In Praise of Folly, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY
2022  Three Narratives, Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2014  Bruce Richards: Future/Past Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA
2013  Bruce Richards: The Scenery in my Mind, Katherine Cone Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2001  Bruce Richards, Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA
2000  Bruce Richards, The Colburn School of Performing Arts, Los Angeles, CA
1999  Bruce Richards, Grand Central Art Gallery, California State University, Fullerton, CA
1994  Reflections and Revisitations, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1991  Recent Works on Paper, The Works Gallery South, Costa Mesa, CA
1990  Bruce Richards, Narrative Works, Pacific Bell Headquarters, San Ramon, CA
Bruce Richards, The Works Gallery, Long Beach, CA
1989  Bruce Richards, Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA
1986  California Contemporary Artists: Bruce Richards, Laguna Art Museum, South Coast Plaza Site, Costa Mesa, CA (catalog)
1985  Bruce Richards, Santa Monica College Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (catalog)
1984  Bruce Richards, Recent Images: Paintings, Watercolors, Monotypes and Etchings, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)
1983  Recent Works, Fine Arts Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
1982  Paintings and Prints, Bluxome Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1981  Bruce Richards, Laguna Beach Art Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA (catalog)
1980  Bruce Richards, Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Bruce Richards, Shirley Cerf Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1979  Bruce Richards, A Selection of Paintings and Watercolors, Baxter Art Gallery, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA (catalog)
1978  White Paintings, Black Drawings, Casat Gallery, La Jolla, CA
1977  Wet Paint, Morgan Thomas Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1976  Bruce Richards, Wenger & Casat Galleries, La Jolla,CA
Bruce Richards, Morgan Thomas Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1975  Bruce Richards, Jack Glenn Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
1973  Bruce Richards, Jack Glenn Gallery, Corona del Mar, CA
1972  Bruce Richards, Jack Glenn Gallery, Corona del Mar, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions
2024  Apparitions, Sea View Gallery, Felix Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA
2023  Paintings of Common Objects, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY
2017  The Times, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY
2016-17 SHAME- 100 Reasons for Turning Red, Deutsches Hygiene - Museum, Dresden, Germany
2016  SKIN, Los Angeles Muncipal Art Gallery, curated by Scott Canty and Isabelle Lutterodt
2014  Look at Me: Portraiture from Manet to the Present, Leila Heller Gallery, co curated by Paul Morris and Beth Rudin DeWoody, New York, NY
A Glimpse into This Side of Paradise, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, curated by Manon Slome, New York, NY
2013  Lust Letters, Coagula, Los Angeles, CA
Letters from Los Angeles (expanded), Los Angeles Art Fair exhibition, Los Angeles, CA
2012  Letters from Los Angeles, Text in Art, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA
This Side of Paradise, No Longer Empty, Andrew Freedman House, Curated by Manon Slome, Bronx, NY         
2011  Best Kept Secret, UC Irvine and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California 1964 - 1971, P.S.T exhibit, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
The Lords + the New Creatures, Nye + Brown Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2010  Open Kitchen, Da Gallery, Chelsea, NY
Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art Since the 1960’s, curated by David Rubin, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas (catalog)
Collecting California, Selections from Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA (catalog)
2009  Ship of Fools, No Longer Empty, Chelsea Hotel, curated by Michael Bevilacqua and Manon Slome, Chelsea, NY
4 Artists, Kips Gallery, New York. 
Contemporary Confrontations 2009, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY 
The Art of Democracy, The New York Society of Etchers, The National Arts Club, New York, NY
2008  Occult, The Flat, Massimo Carasi, Milano, Italy
The Toy Show, Hunsaker / Schlesinger Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA
2007  Tattoo Flash, Saved Tattoo, curated by Scott Campbell, Brooklyn, NY
POPcentric, Gering & LoPez, curated by Michael Bevilacqua and Sandra Gering, New York, NY
2004  Disturbing the Peace, Danese, New York, NY
Shakespeare as Muse, curated by Josine Ianco–Starrels, Schneider Museum of Art, South Oregon Univ., Ashland, OR
1998  City of Los Angeles Individual Artist's Grants, 97-98, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA
1997  End of the Century: Prints Since 1970 from the Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
1994  Printmaking on the Westcoast, Saddleback Community College, Mission Viejo, CA
1993  Intersections: Art and Play, The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
1991  Individual Realities in the California Art Scene, Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
1984  California Drawings, Modernism, San Francisco, CA
1981  Abstraction in Los Angeles,1950 - 1980, Selections from the Ruth and Murray Gribin Collection, Fine Arts Gallery, California State Univ., Northridge, Fine Arts Gallery, University of California, Irvine, CA
1979  Black and White are Colors: Paintings of the 1950's - 1970's, Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA
1978  Southern California Styles of the 60's and 70's, La Jolla Museum of Art, La Jolla, CA
1977  Abstract Painting: A Selected Exhibition, Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA
1976  Los Angeles, Penthouse Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1973  Kurt Schwitters and Related Developments, San Diego Museum of Art, La Jolla, CA
Market Street Program, Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, CA
 
Public Collections
Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Los Angeles, CA
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, San Diego, CA
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Schneider Museum of Art, South Oregon Univ., Ashland, OR

Awards & Fellowships
1998-1999  Visual Arts Fellowship, Artist Fellowship Program, California Arts Council, Sacramento, CA
1997-98  Individual Fellowship, Cultural Grants Program, Los Angeles, CA
1992  Commissioned Artist, Graphics Arts Council, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
1984  First Award, 8th National Exhibition, Los Angeles Print Society, Ed Ruscha, Juror, Los Angeles, CA
1976  Visual Arts Fellowship, Visual Arts Program, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C.
BRUCE RICHARDS (b. 1948, Dayton, OH) is a New York based artist who came of age in early 1970s America, an era suffused with disillusionment and shell-shock in response to the political and social changes accelerated by catatonic events: the sexual revolution, assassinations, race riots, environmental movement and the Vietnam War. Somewhere between the technical prowess of Ed Ruscha and conceptual rigor of Jack Goldstein, Richards makes art that analyzes our relationship to popular culture and mass media – as well as the process by which meaning is carefully crafted by society. Through a dense iconography that unpacks historical artifacts, sculptures, quotidian objects, and ecological fragments, Richards playfully straddles the past and the present by gingerly suspending unassuming subjects that raise timeless questions and metaphors around the human condition.

Select solo exhibitions include Sea View Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2024); Fortnight Institute, New York, NY (2024); Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (2022); and Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA (2014). Select group exhibitions include Fortnight Institute, New York, NY (2023); Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Dresden, Germany (2016); Leila Heller Gallery, Curated by Paul Morris and Beth Rudin DeWoody, New York, NY (2014); Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, curated by Scott Canty and Isabelle Lutterodt, Los Angeles, California (2014); Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA (2012); Nye + Brown, Culver City, CA (2011); San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas (2010); and the Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA (2009).
Bruce Richards’ work is in the public collections of the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Bruce Richards is represented by Sea View Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

Inquiries
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Contact
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