Calling all painters! The exhibition of painting by Eugene Von Bruenchenhein at INOVA is mind-blowing.

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I have never heard about Eugene Von Bruenchenhein until I stumbled into his work in Inova the other day. What a blessing. His work made me thin of  Redon–the painter of dreamlands and daydreams and complex and colorful floral bouquets. I had the pleasure of feasting my eyes on the many small oil abstractions created with transparent washes and patterns scrapped into partially dried paint. Suggests stained glass windows, silk embroidery,  and melted Crayola crayons. Dreamy. Delicious.

Here’s the info from the webpage:

Curated by Lisa Stone, the Eugene Von Bruenchenhein exhibit at Inova will feature paintings and concrete sculptures on loan from Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in Chicago as well as a number of private lenders from the Midwest and east coast.

Born in Marinette in 1910, WI, Von Bruenchenhein lived and worked in Milwaukee in a small house near State Fair Park. Upon his death in 1983, a trove of artwork in many mediums was discovered and, with the help of the John Michael Kohler Art Center, was cleaned, conserved and documented. Eugene Von Bruenchenhein’s work is now in prominent collections throughout the world and was recently featured in an exhibit titled Eugene Von Bruenchenhein: “Freelance Artist—Poet and Sculptor—Inovator—Arrow maker and Plant man—Bone artifacts constructor—Photographer and Architect—Philosopher” at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City (which elicited a major review in the New York Times).

Visit a the website devoted to his work.

Check out samples of his work in this slide show here. This artist’s works said collective cosmic connection to me. It reminded me of the imaginary worlds around us everywhere that remain just outside of perception as rational subjects. The works is organic and celebrates life.

About Patricia Briggs
Patricia Briggs is the director of galleries and curator of exhibitions at Jamestown Community College in Western New York. She writes the blog "Scene Unseen: Viewing Notes" about visual art in her community.

2 Responses to Calling all painters! The exhibition of painting by Eugene Von Bruenchenhein at INOVA is mind-blowing.

  1. Joan Rothfuss says:

    Patricia – Next time you are in town, go to the Walker and see the little room of photos by Von B. that is part of my exhibition “Midnight Party.” They too are amazing!

    • jerry belland says:

      He had another entire body of work which was thousands of semi-erotic photos of his wife posed in various outfits. Think Flash Gordon meets Photoplay. You can’t beat obsession.

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