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The post Italian paintings are figurative and Interior works that developed after trips to Italy, France and Spain. these recent paintings followed 45 years of exclusively abstract paintings. The interiors are intended to underscore the mystery of empty spaces, asking the viewer to consider, What has taken place? What is around the corner? What is about to take place? Where does this lead? In essence the viewer aids in the storytelling. The mark making in Aurora is intended to bridge the gap between the abstracts and the figurative pieces. Aurora received the award of excellence at the Webster Arts "Elevate" show in April, 2021

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Judith Skillman

January 31, 2022

Beautiful--I love the verticals and horizontals and that orange pop.

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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

January 30, 2022

Softly glowing hues and brilliant use of perspective, shadow, and light give Bruce Dean’s "Aurora" an otherworldly appearance and a pronounced sense of mystery. The painting is divided between two opposite states of mind and being: light and dark, day and night, the enigmatic and the illuminated. "Aurora" presents us with the option to descend into darkness or ascend into the light. However, Dean does not make a value judgment on either of these states because they are inseparable; one cannot exist without the other. Despite the emptiness of the scene and the absence of any life, the painting does not feel dead or vacant but, instead, brimming with possibilities. We don't know what lies beyond the two staircases, but we want to know, and our minds are left to illustrate the unseen.

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Bruce Dean
Bruce Dean Creator

September 27, 2022

Thank you, John. It was interesting to choose to divide the painting in half. The edge of the railing is precisely in the middle. That choice pretty much breaks every rule I ever learned about composition. And yet it seemed essential. Your critique explains why, in language that I will now incorporate in every conversation I have about “Aurora.”

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Bruce Dean
Expressionism, Impressionism
Painting - Unframed
Oil, Canvas
36.00 inches wide
48.00 inches tall
2.00 inches deep
10.00 lbs
Los Angeles, CA, US