BRUCE RICKER

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"Sometimes in my paintings I will place some kind of jewel, like a precious stone set into a rock. It should be seen as a symbol of unity, being of circular shape. And also as egg shaped, a symbol of the creation of existence out of non-existence. As a very man-made looking object it, to me it indicates man's central and unique role in nature.

The important thing is what this jewel says about the place and the people who visit it. In my imagination, there is a place where explorers all realize that the greatest value of this thing is in the delight it will give to all those who come upon it in its unique setting."— Bruce Ricker

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Bruce Ricker - Seasons Of Light  Bruce Ricker - Seasons Of Light

 

SEASONS OF LIGHT

Serigraph on Gesso Board
27.125 x 36

Museum Framed
Edition #49/195

Current Retail price unframed $2975
Our price to you, as framed in image, $1599

 

Bruce Ricker - Canyon Rock

CANYON ROCK

Serigraph on paper
24.125 x 18.125

Serigraph on canvas
24.125 x 18.125

DRAGONS

Serigraph on paper
13.125 x 13.125

Serigraph on canvas
13.125 x 13.125

Bruce Ricker - Dragons
Bruce Ricker - Carmel Canyon

CARMEL CANYON

Serigraph on paper
35.5 x 33.5

Serigraph on canvas 31.5 x 30.5

 

VIEW FROM CYPRESS HILL

Edition size: 225

Serigraph on Gesso Board
20.25 x 36

Bruce Ricker - View From Cypress Hill
Bruce Ricker - Lake Of Dreams

LAKE OF DREAMS

Serigraph on paper
24.125 x 20.125

Serigraph on canvas
24.125 x 20.125

 

PRIMORDIAL SPLENDOR

Serigraph on paper
30.25 x 30.25

Serigraph on canvas
30.25 x 30.25

Bruce Ricker - Primordial Splendor
Bruce Ricker - Seasons Of Light

SEASONS OF LIGHT

Edition size: 225

Serigraph on Gesso Board
27.125 x 36

 

RIVER OF MYSTERY

Serigraph on paper
8.125 x 15.125

Serigraph on canvas
8.125 x 15.125

Bruce Ricker - River Of Mystery
Bruce Ricker - Mountain Meadows

MOUNTAIN MEADOWS

Serigraph on paper
35 x 29

Serigraph on canvas
35 x 29

 

   


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Bruce Ricker - BIO               (back to top)

"The painter has a language which translates meaning to the viewer beyond that which the viewer's experience can give." — Bruce Ricker

Bruce Ricker redefines landscape art using a style that he calls epic visionary. A formal education in art and architecture combines with a lucid imagination to result in the unique Ricker style.

The Ricker's style of painting, developed over many years, is rooted in his powers of observation. "First one must see the bones of a landscape, the three-dimensional molecular nature of rock in all its power and insistence: this is the foundation of any landscape." With this foundation, Ricker begins to introduce the effects of sunlight, wind and water; sensual patterns and textures emerge and flower further as they manifest the biological life.

Over the years Ricker has built a language of shapes notable for their sharp detail and articulate precision, as well as their vision of nature more internal and mystical than photo-realistic. Ricker reminds us to look more closely; the final returns are not yet in on what this world is made of, or even what it really looks like.

It is this borderline between the real and the imaginary, that Bruce Ricker explores—a fertile ground for seeing life in a newer, more interesting, and ultimately more meaningful way.

 

RICKER ON RICKER

When I was last in Maui, I visited a stream coming down from a waterfall on the north side of the island. It had a streambed with many interlocking hexagonal stones. It was amazing and almost hard to believe and beautiful and particularly satisfying to me. An artist friend later spoke of skin diving to the bottom of a deep pool on the island, seeing a perfect hexagonal hole several feet deep and about 5 feet wide in the middle at the bottom. I love hexagons. They are the most technological looking of shapes, yet they occur more often in nature than just about any other geometric shape besides, I suppose, triangles. So when I include hexagonal patterns in my landscape paintings, I am including something rather futuristic, to some eyes, and unusual, but by no means unnatural.

Sometimes in my paintings I will place some kind of jewel, like a precious stone set into a rock. It should be seen as a symbol of unity, being of circular shape. And also as egg shaped, a symbol of the creation of existence out of non-existence. As a very man-made looking object it, to me it indicates man's central and unique role in nature.

The important thing is what this jewel says about the place and the people who visit it. In my imagination, there is a place where explorers all realize that the greatest value of this thing is in the delight it will give to all those who come upon it in its unique setting.

This unique setting is what I try to evoke in my paintings. I think of it as a kind of "vortex" within an otherwise more random and homogenous landscape, where the linear grid lines of continuous pattern begin to curve and spiral into something more unique, anomalous, unexpected.

In the context of mountains, a river has the nature of a vortex. To a river, a waterfall is a vortex. To a waterfall, a jagged jutting rock may be a kind of vortex. On a rock, a single little plant. In the plant is a flower; and in the flower is a seed. A seed is a good example of the vortex. It is the place you want to finally get to. It holds itself; orbits around itself. Its components fit together perfectly. It spirals and dovetails into and out of itself. It has a magical way of opening out to the future. The Hawaiian Islands themselves have this magical quality of being unexpected magical jewels in the midst of the vast, relatively linear and uniform substance of the Pacific Ocean.

When I begin a painting, I am first, in my mind constructing a kind of 3-D model of the place. By getting the spatial relationships clear from the start, I am more able to convey to the viewer a place she can not only see, but also feel herself moving through.

Another way of describing these places is that they are sacred places, but not because it says so in the travel guide or because a native person tells us a myth. They are sacred because their beauty is so deep and mysterious that we are stopped in our tracks. We have hiked for hours, we have overcome our boredom and fatigue and we are rewarded with an intimate elegance so satisfying that for the moment we can't imagine anything better on earth or in heaven.

In their quest for beauty, the artists of the 20th century had a revolutionary message: that beauty was not limited to pastoral portraits of history or the nobility of the landed gentry as was the idea of artists who existed before them. Later, in the 1950s and 60s, the point was pressed home by obscure and minimalist artists who, with the proper dedication, uncovered beauty even in chunks of concrete block. Point taken, but the point is missed if we don't go on to apply our newly enhanced and refined eye by once again looking more deeply at nature.

My purpose in painting is not just to create attractive objects, but also to try to remind people to look more closely at nature's concrete blocks: dead branches, tree trunks, craggy gnarly rocks, monotonous hillsides and inaccessible terrain, as well as frothy seashores and silky luxurious jungles. You prepare yourself by looking at the Grand Canyon. You prepare yourself by looking at concrete blocks in museums. You prepare yourself by looking at the vacant lot out behind the liquor store. You prepare yourself by looking at inspiring paintings. And, if after preparing yourself, you have the good fortune to discover a truly sacred place, you will recognize it and rejoice.

 

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