When you approach the studio at the back of Wilmington, NC artist Bruce Bowmans’ home, you are immediately drawn to its crisp, clean lines and many windows.When you enter you are greeted with walls adorned with his colorful artwork. It is a comfortable and cheery space and like Bruce’s artworks, it draws the viewer into the setting. Much of his art includes building scapes and interiors.Bruce is no stranger to visual interpretation of these subjects, as not only is he an accomplished artist, but also a principal with Bowman, Murray, Hemingway Architects. However, his paintings are in contrast to architectures preciseness.

He uses broad palette knives to create sharp edges and tight lines and his method of applying the oil paint provides dimension and texture. He purposely uses skewed perspectives and distortions in much of his paintings and that coupled with the selection of vivid, bright colors has led him to develop a unique expressionist style. It is very recognizable and fun.

Bruce is very active in the Wilmington art world. He has served on the board of directors for the Cameron Art Museum and is founding President of the Greater Wilmington Arts and Culture Alliance. He has several art installations and commissions in the Wilmington area including the New Hanover County Judicial Building and New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He also has been the featured artist at the North Carolina Azalea Festival.

You can see Bruce’s art at New Elements Gallery, 216 N. Front Street, Wilmington, NC. 910-343-8997. It was a pleasure to visit Bruce in his studio and photograph him at work. Don’t miss an opportunity to enjoy this wonderful artist.