Severin’s Choice: Bruce Rimell


Dakini-Daemon (Daylight and UV views), 30cm x 90cm, Acrylics, Inks, Markers and UV Lacquer on Canvas, 2013

Dakini-Daemon (Daylight and UV views), 30cm x 90cm, Acrylics, Inks, Markers and UV Lacquer on Canvas, 2013

Artist’s statement:

Bruce Rimell is a visionary and archetypal artist based in Leeds-Bradford in the UK whose vibrant work springs from the alchemy of his own personal visions, sensations of archaeological or mythological prehistories, and migraine experiences since childhood. Rendered in a vivid style which as much recalls Aboriginal textures, Mayan codices and Minoan frescoes as it does graffiti art, psychedelic experience and surrealist forms, his art occupies a space somewhere between painting, drawing and illustration, and a time somewhere between the ancestral past and the shamanic future.

Fernal Earthly Garden,60cm x 90cm, Acrylics, Inks, Markers and UV Lacquer on Canvas, 2013

Fernal Earthly Garden,60cm x 90cm, Acrylics, Inks, Markers and UV Lacquer on Canvas, 2013

The central focus of his practice is to bring those very ancient archetypes – whether Palaeolithic, Neolithic or sometimes the High Civilisations of the Bronze Age – into the modern field of experience, variously inviting or challenging the viewer to look underneath the contextual aspects of contemporary art and modern experience to view the universalities and disquieting visionary sensations common to all human cultures past and present, and which we have inherited from our ancestors.

Fernal Underworld Garden, 60cm x 90cm, Acrylics, Inks, Markers and UV Lacquer on Canvas, 2013-14

Fernal Underworld Garden, 60cm x 90cm, Acrylics, Inks, Markers and UV Lacquer on Canvas, 2013-14

He aims to speak to those aspects of us which operate without words – dreams, magic, psychedelic experiences, animistic songlines and other non-rational modes of experience feature strongly – whilst abstract commentaries and critical positions are abandoned in a quest to seek and express direct communion with the deepest essences of the living and sacred human being: Come and see, and look within. What will you find?

Hear Me I Speak (Daylight and UV views),30cm x 60cm,Acrylics, Inks, Markers and UV Lacquer on Canvas, 2011

Hear Me I Speak (Daylight and UV views),30cm x 60cm,Acrylics, Inks, Markers and UV Lacquer on Canvas, 2011

Hermes, 100cm x 100cm in four 50cm square panels, Acrylics, Inks and Markers on Canvas, 2012

Hermes, 100cm x 100cm in four 50cm square panels, Acrylics, Inks and Markers on Canvas, 2012

BR-Persephone

Persephone,100cm x 100cm in four 50cm square panels,Acrylics, Inks and Markers on Canvas, 2012

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She Is In MY Blood She IS My Shining Blood,100cm x 100cm in four 50cm square panels, Acrylics, Inks and Markers on Canvas, 2012

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The Dream Of Bellerophon, 75cm x 50cm, Acrylics, Inks and Markers on Canvas, 2014

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Xochipilli,50cm x 50cm, Acrylics, Inks and Markers on Canvas, 2012

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K’u Ikil Ta Yaxal Vinajel ~ What I Saw In The Blue Sky, 50cm x 75cm, Acrylics, Inks and Markers on Canvas, 2014

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Bruce Rimell

:: SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS ::
2014
Ammon Ra Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico
Bash Contemporary, San Francisco, USA

2014
Ex-Convento de San Domingo, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico
Marienplatz, Witten, Germany
Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers, NY, USA
Chiméria Festival, Sedan, France
ArtManila Art Fair, Manila, Philippines
2013
Centro San Marcos, Toledo, Spain
Sala de Arte, Maracena, Granada, Spain
Globally and online Launch of my Voice Project
Atelier Porte-Soleil, Paris, France
Guerilla Zoo, Apiary Studios, London

2012
Cartwright Hall, Bradford, UK
Phantasten Museum, Vienna, Austria
Skylight Gallery, New York City, USA
Cosmo Festival, Taunton, UK
Glade Festival, Norfolk, UK
Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

2011
Design Innovation Centre, Leeds, UK
Union 105 Gallery, Leeds, UK
Marienplatz, Witten, Germany
University of Malta, Msida, Malta

2010
Durban Art Gallery, Durban South Africa
The Bingley Gallery, Bingley, UK
The Art House, Wakefield
The Rainbow Experience, Cape Town, South Africa
Kahlshof, Rodenkirchen, Cologne, Germany
Murphy Hill Gallery, Chicago, USA

2009
Mount Beacon Fine Art Gallery, Beacon NY, USA
Yorkshire Craft Centre, Bradford, UK
ArtMazia, Massy, France
Holy Trinity Church, Leeds, UK
Leeds College of Art, Leeds, UK
Throughout Derbyshire, UK

2008
00130 Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
Cupola Gallery, Sheffield, UK
Yorkshire Craft Centre, Bradford, UK Co-winner of Merit Award for piece in Flesh Open Exhibition.
Mitzpe Ramon, Negev, Israel

:: SELECTED PUBLICATIONS & MEDIA ::

Encyclopedia of Fernal Affairs, Paris Contributing artist & myth/language creator – launching May 2015
Eleusis Beautifully presented book of my 2011-12 series with essays
Divining The Dream, Paris, France Two Eleusis artworks in this International Visionary Art book
Galactic Trading Card Complex Inclusion of Janus Lux Mundi in 2013 Celestial Cycle
Shamanic Quest for the Spirit of Salvia Salvic artworks in forthcoming book by Ross Heaven

Ink & Marker Visions…
Retrospective book of Ink & Marker illustrative & visionary work
Invisible College Magazine, USA Feature-length article with images
COSM Journal, New York, USA Three images in vol #7: Cosmic Creativity

Dialogue Among Civilisations, Durban, South Africa Project publication from Art for Humanity
A&U Magazine, USA Red Ochre… artwork in support of Real Stories Gallery
Visionary Artists Podcast Interview on podcast VAP007 (2010)

Planet Earth Planet Art Mirca Art Group artists book – Contributing Artist and Editor
Logical Unsanity, Australia Inclusion of Visionary work in the Spring ’08 edition
Freedom & Art Mirca Art Group artists book – Contributing Artist

:: AWARDS, RECOGNITIONS & PERMANENT COLLECTIONS ::

ArtsMix* Emerging Artists Award, Leeds, UK Winner of Fine Art 2D Practitioner Award
Private Collection, Cologne, Germany Multi-panel dual image (Light/UV) work Gaia
Tiger 11, Hillside, Leeds, UK Large scale commission for Entrance Hall
Durban Art Gallery & Municipal Collection, South Africa Artwork Blombos: We Are All South African
Flesh Open Exhibition, YCC, Bradford, UK Co-winner of Merit Award with …Flesh Alone
Negev Jeep Karkom Tours, Mitzpe Ramon, Israel Negev Rock Art series in permanent collection
Further work in private collections across Germany, Israel, the USA and the UK

:: MEMBERSHIPS ::

Royal Society of Arts
Dreams & Divinities International visionary art initiative and artists network
Visionary Artists Group International network of artists working in the visionary and surreal
Society For Art Of Imagination International group aiming to publicise visionary and surreal art
Mirca Art Group Internet-based international art group pressing for global justice
The Art House Yorkshire-based national organisation supporting artists UK-wide

About Constantin Severin

Constantin Severin (constantinseverin.ro) is a Romanian writer and, as a visual artist, the founder and promoter of the award-winning concept known as archetypal expressionism. He is the author of eight books of poetry, essays, and novels, and his poems have been published by major Romanian and international literary magazines. He is one of the editors of the French cultural magazine Levure littéraire.
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