KENT ARTIST’S PAINTINGS IN EASTERN CONNECTICUT UNIVERSITY NATIONAL EXHIBIT:

WILLIMANTIC, CT, October 13, 2010

Accomplished figurative painter and teacher, Scott Bricher of South Kent, Connecticut, will be one of ten American painters exhibiting their works at the “Solemn & Sublime: Contemporary American Figurative Paintingexhibition at Eastern Connecticut University October 21st through December 2, 2010 in Willimantic, Connecticut. Bricher’s two oil paintings, “The Journey Begins” and “Release”, will be exhibited in the Akus Gallery on the university’s campus, with an Opening Reception on November 3rd at 5:30 PM. A panel discussion will precede the opening at 3:00 PM featuring acclaimed international painters Vincent Desiderio, Sidney Goodman and Mel Leipzig, and will be open to the public.

Since the mid-1980’s, Bricher has created artwork for numerous exhibitions, portrait commissions, major corporations, magazines, book publishers and advertising agencies nationwide. He has also taught and demonstrated painting nationally. “My artwork is built from subconscious themes,” explained Bricher. “As images take shape in my imagination, I don’t question their meaning- they are just shapes yet to come into focus. As they appear, I make notes in a sketchbook or journal and if certain images persist, they become my art. Motifs and elements start to attach themselves to each other, and sometimes this accumulation results a single unified picture. Other times, I combine several themes into a ‘multi-pane’ painting.”

Bricher finds inspiration in dreams, “so I let my paintings develop their own ‘dream logic’. Frequently I don’t understand why I’ve chosen certain themes until long after a painting is completed. The images reflect themes in my life and I find that these personal archetypes have a more universal resonance when I speak with viewers of my work.”

Scott Bricher’s two paintings, “The Journey Begins” and “Release” will be part of the “Solemn & Sublime” exhibition that was inspired by the recent release of Selected Contemporary American Figurative Painters, a catalogue edited by Qimin Liu, Associate Professor of Art, Painting and Drawing at Eastern Connecticut University. Mr. Liu, a native of China who recently received his American citizenship, has received national recognition for his figurative painting. His works, and Scott Bricher’s, will be exhibited along with other nationally and internationally-renowned figurative painters including Vincent Desiderio, Sidney Goodman, and Mel Leipzig. Mr. Kiu commented, “The exhibited works differ widely in technique and media, yet all the figurative paintings project a luminosity and richness of color. All the artists are noted to imbue the subjects of their paintings with a quintessential American stamp.”

Bricher’s painting titled “Release” deals with themes of parenthood, childhood and the resiliency to move beyond the restraints of these roles. Bricher explained, “The water in the picture represents the challenge of arriving at a deeper understanding of ourselves. The tumultuous brook symbolizes the unrest of our subconscious, if we calmly enter it, we can move to a more serene place. I was working on the dark turbulent water during 9/11 2001 and saw it as a symbol of transcendence during that troubled time. The fruit and plastic in the painting suggests an inability to allow abundance into our lives.

The Journey Begins painting focuses on a young man with a snake. “The idea of this painting has floated around in my sketch books for 25 years. He is on a journey of self discovery. The young man is tentative and unsure how to proceed. Is he too afraid of the serpent to accept the knowledge it holds? The image in the lower right corner is a self portrait. Initially I sketched this image in an upright position, but when I showed it to a friend I saw it in a reversed position. I was struck with the similarity to ‘The Hanged Man’, a tarot symbol of peaceful and empowered surrender. This is the transitional image of this painting and the means to finding personal peace.”

A multi-talented artist, Scott Bricher has exhibited and taught nationally. In 2009, he had a one person show, “Dreams, Desires & Curiosities” at the Silvermine Guild Arts Center in New Canaan, Connecticut. His works ranged from large scale realist oil paintings to small mixed media pieces.

“There is alchemy,” stated Bricher, “in combining disparate elements. These images of discovery are a juxtaposition of dreams, internal themes and objects both mystical and mundane.”

In 2009, “Family Life” was the theme of another one person show presented at the Kent Memorial Library in Kent, Connecticut, where he also won the “Best of Show” Award in 2009 at the Presidential Juried Show at the Kent Art Association. That year, he was the “Prescott Visiting Artist” lecturer and exhibitor at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut. During 2008, Bricher exhibited in two group shows at the Silvermine Guild Arts Center in New Canaan, Connecticut.

Since 2006, Scott Bricher has conducted numerous portrait painting demonstrations and computer graphic presentations in Connecticut at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington; the Kent Center School in Kent; and the Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village. He began teaching in 1987 as a guest lecturer on “Drawing for Designers” at the Parsons School of Design in Manhattan.

Bricher has also taught at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts; the New York Academy of Art; Art Students League in Manhattan; the Armory Arts Center in West Palm Beach, Florida; the Millennium Arts Center in Washington, D.C.; and the Baum School of Art in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He has exhibited at the Museum of the National Arts Foundation; American Artists Professional League; the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts; the Lyme Art Association; Parkersburg Art Center; Allez Les Filles in Columbus, Ohio; and the Small Space Gallery in Kent, Connecticut.

An Opening Reception for the “Solemn & Sublime” exhibit will be held at 5:30 PM on November 3, 2010 at the Akus Gallery in Shafer Hall on the South Campus of Eastern Connecticut University, 83 Windham Street in Willimantic (www.easternct.edu/akusgallery). To learn more about Scott Bricher and his works, visit www.scottbricher.com.

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Caption: Artist Scott Bricher of South Kent, Connecticut with his two paintings, “Release” and “The Journey Begins” that will be part of the Solemn & Sublime exhibit at the Akus Gallery in Shafer Hall at Eastern Connecticut University in Willimantic from October 21 to December 2. The exhibit will feature works from ten well-known American painters, including Bricher’s. An opening reception will be held November 3rd at the gallery beginning at 5:30 PM, preceded by a panel discussion open to the public at 3:00 PM featuring three acclaimed international artists.

Contact: Scott Bricher 860-927-1667

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