Yellow Springs resident Ira Brukner is a rare example of a self-taught/outsider painter whose imagery is entirely non-objective. His large, powerful canvases recall the Abstract Expressionist gesture painters of the 1950’s, with whom he closely identifies. Like others in the current generation of outsider painters, Brukner is constantly poring through art books, studying painters from the past with whom he feels a kinship. Working obsessively in a corner of his small apartment, he has crammed his living space with a remarkable, decade-long output of lush, expressive paintings. In recent years, he has also begun working in a smaller support format—X-ray negatives—upon which he applies paint in his signature action style.
Ira will be showing his work at Blue Sky Gallery (33 N. Main Street in Courthouse Square next to Boston Stoker) between now and June 15th (open M-F 10 am-4 pm), with an Artist Reception on May 4 from 5-8 pm and again during Urban Nights on May 11 from 5-10 pm.
Blue Sky Project is an internationally-competitive summer artist residency and youth collaborative. Founded and operated from 2005 — 2008 in McHenry County, Illinois, the program is now housed at the University of Dayton, in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences and ArtStreet. Visit BlueSkyDayton.org for more info.