"Color, energy, emotion and movement are the foundation of my visual style and intuitive approach to painting. I love the fluid materiality of oil paint and the process of transforming flat surfaces into dynamic, layered compositions through interaction of color, form and line. My paintings blend elements of nature with abstraction as a means to create visual poetry."
Sky of Light
oil on canvas. 36 x 36 inches
American painter, Donna Bruni, creates abstract oil paintings that reference places known remembered or imagined, suspended within layered surfaces of color. Atmospheric and elemental, her paintings are based on changing light, pattern, form and flux of urban and natural environments. Conceptually, her canvases explore perception of time and space, looking at boundaries, edges, transitions and balance through the stages of the painting process.
Her series, Floating to the Surface (Spirit paintings), influenced by travel to memorial sites in Gernika, Spain, EL Mozote, El Salvador and New York is her most abstract work to date. The paintings began with images and stories shared at memorial sites. Layers of oil paint mixed with gesso were applied to create matte surfaces, then sanded to reveal color details embedded within the canvas, symbolic of stories or fragments from the past. A solo exhibition at Gallery One|BMW of Minneapolis, inclusion in Art on the Plains IX Biennial at Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota and Nouveau 17 at Galerie du Soleil, Naples, Florida showcased the paintings. Bruni's artwork appears in Studio Visit volume seventeen, American Art Collector, Xanadu Gallery News and many local publications.
Donna Bruni grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania, spending summers on the Atlantic coast. She studied graphic design at Endicott College and the School of Visual Arts in New York and began her career in the arts as a graphic designer in New York in the pre-digital age of publishing. She holds a B.A. Degree from the University of Minnesota in Visual Art and Healing. With paintings in many private art collections, Donna Bruni also has artworks in law offices, hotels, financial firms and organizations including: HealthPartners Neuroscience Center, St. Paul, MN, Otto Bremer Foundation in Saint Paul, MN, Birch Cove Group Ltd., Minneapolis, MN, Winslow Capital Management, Minneapolis, MN. She is represented by Douglas Flanders & Associates, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.