PAINTERSTarleton Blackwell Linda Fantuzzo Cynthia Knapp Brian Rutenberg Kevin Taylor
PHOTOGRAPHERSShelby Lee Adams Julia Cart William Christenberry Eliot Dudik William Eggleston Walker Evans Gary Geboy Alberto Korda Jack Leigh Kendall Messick Kathleen Robbins Arthur Rothstein Anne Rowland Roberto + Osvaldo Salas Richard Sexton Jerry Siegel Michael West Ben Gately Williams Ernest Withers
SCULPTORSBill Long Rod Moorhead
Brian Rutenberg was born in South Carolina and currently lives and works in New York City. A graduate of the College of Charleston, South Carolina, Rutenberg studied color under painter Michael Tyzack then moved to New York where he received his M.A. from the School of Visual Arts. As a young and ambitious painter, he sought to capture a unique representation of the landscape through abstraction. The base of his interest stems from growing up in the Carolina Lowcountry between Pawley’s Island and Charleston, where the river and lake merge with ocean.
In 1997, Brian received a Fulbright Scholarship which afforded him an opportunity to spend seven months in Ireland. It is from his travels there that the artist’s work became shaped by the Celtic Culture, specifically the La Tene Period, 600-400 BC. Captivated by arabesques of pure abstraction, so powerful in the artwork of this period, Brian began to use a similar merging of forms in his work. Large circular shapes of color transformed his canvases into two-dimensional dioramas for the viewer; each swirl bringing us closer to the center of the drama on the picture plane.
Inspired by artists like Gregory Amenoff, Joan Mitchell and Hans Hoffman, Brian Rutenberg executes paintings that embrace spirituality, love of color, and a passion for paint.