"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."
American painter, Donna Bruni, creates abstract oil paintings that reference places known, remembered or imagined, suspended within layered surfaces of color. Her 2016 work continues to focus on the unity of opposites, looking at chaos and order within the parameters of painting. Atmospheric and elemental, her compositions are based on changing light, pattern, form and flux of urban and natural environments. Conceptually, the canvases focus on perception of time and space, through the painting process.
Bruni's Floating to the Surface series (2010-2013), influenced by travel to memorial sites in Gernika, Spain, EL Mozote, El Salvador and New York, investigates loss, transition, boundaries, balance and harmony. A mixture of oil pigment and gesso created smooth, matte layers that could be sanded to reveal detail and traces of color embedded within the paintings, like remnants of the past. A solo exhibition at Gallery One|BMW of MInneapolis and selection for Art on the Plains IX Biennial Exhibition at Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota showcased the work. Bruni's artwork has appeared in Studio Visit magazine, an international juried selection of contemporary art, American Art Collector and many local publications. Her work is held in private and public collections throughout the United States. She is represented by Douglas Flanders & Associates in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Galerie du Soleil in Naples, Florida.
Donna Bruni grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania. She studied graphic design at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts and the School of Visual Arts in New York and began her career in the arts as a graphic designer in New York. She holds a B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota in Visual Art and Healing, awarded through the Program for Individualized Learning. She is Exhibitions Director for M Health Mill City Clinic, an integrative medical practice, promoting community engagement with Minnesota artists through three visual art exhibitions per year.
Photography: Doug Johnson, Minneapolis