Bruce Riley makes the most amazing psychedelic abstract yet organic paintings by encapsulating them in layers of resin, to create depth and dimension. He drips, swirls, smears paint onto prepared black canvasses, then pours resin over it to seal it, before starting on another layer. He says he does not start with a plan of what the finished painting will look like, but rather makes it up as he goes along. How’s that for dynamic creativity!
Bruce Riley’s artwork reminds me strongly of colourful biological cross-sections of plant forms, flowers, segmented worms, amoeba, hydras, pathogens under the microscope, intestinal villi. All frozen in a vibrant dance of paint and resin. Absolutely mesmerising.
Check out this site, which has lots of beautiful examples of Bruce Riley’s artwork, plus a Vimeo video showing his work process. Definitely worth a look!
I’ve curated some of my favourite Bruce Riley paintings from Google, shared with you here: