Lunds Fine Art welcomes husband and wife Marion and Wright this weekend
Artists will present demonstrations
August 22, 2017
Visual artist Bruce Marion enjoys painting all types of subjects including nature, cityscapes, and abstracts.
"I don't know if I have a short attention span, although my wife would say I do, but
I love bouncing between subjects," Marion told The Park Record during a telephone interview from a gallery in Colorado. "I love painting landscapes, but if I feel like I've been looking at those too long, I can paint wildlife, and that takes a whole different thought process. It works for who I am as a person."
Marion will be in Park City this weekend on Friday, Aug. 25, and Saturday, Aug. 26, at Lunds Fine Art, 591 Main Street. The event is free and open to the public.
"I'm looking forward to being up in Park City because it's been awhile," Marion said. "I remember it being so beautiful."
On Saturday, the artist will do a painting demonstration.
"I'll be working on a new piece," he said. "I don't know what I'll be doing, but I'll probably work on a wildlife piece — a bear or wolf piece."
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In addition, Marion's wife Lee Wright will also do some demonstrations with her glass art.
"She creates these beautiful fused glass pieces," Marion said. "While she won't actually be fusing glass, she will show how she creates things. She also comes from a performance background, and she can really look at the interplay a work does with negative space."
Marion's paintings are created with acrylics, something he started using before he began his career in fine art.
"I was an illustrator, and I did a little design work as well," he said. "I would illustrate children's game packages, game boards and would illustrate magazine and book covers.
As an illustrator Marion would have a quick turnaround, he liked acrylics because they dried fast.
"In addition to drying quickly, I only have to use water to clean things up," he said. "I don't need turpentine or any other chemical-based cleaner."
When Marion left the corporate world behind, he began to experiment with his art.
"I decided to go on a journey to find out who I was as a fine artist," he said.
The first thing he did was an abstract.
"I had never done abstracts, so I started doing those mostly because I had this inclination of wanting to explore texture and color," he said. "I had no idea what I was doing. I remember when I did the first one, I took two tubes of paint and just started squirting them on a canvas."
As he developed his craft, Marion learned how to layer and create complex surfaces. "I may have eight or 10 layers of paint where things really come together," he said. "That makes the art look like something that has a history to it.
"When I do a nature piece of a scene or an animal, I start by covering the canvas with an abstraction that is, in one sense, random," he said. "But I would cover the canvas with paint that has texture and energy."
The process allows Marion to venture outside of his thoughts.
"It allows the universe to get a hand in what I'm doing, and by doing that, I've learned to trust my instincts, rather than my logic," he said.
After the initial painting, the artist will add more paint and build his work.
"When I start, I don't know what the outcome may be, but I've learned to follow the path and see where the pieces take me," he said.
Even Marion's palette continues to push the boundaries. He is known to add oranges and reds to highlight an animal's portrait.
"I love adding these colors, because, to me, it represents the joy of the animal," he said "I'm such an animal lover, and the colors are like the soul of the animal.
"I've studied colors and painted in realistic colors for years, but with certain works, I answer the question: 'What would happen if I start pushing the color?' or 'Can I get that kind of bright color happening in a wolf or bear that are typically depicted in browns or grays?'"
Art goes way back into Marion's family.
"When my dad who was in the army got done with World War II, he took advantage of the G.I. Bill and studied art, but his father was in a manufacturing business and needed him to work," Marion said. "So, my dad never pursued a career in art, even though he was quite good."
As a child, Marion showed interest in art, especially drawing, so his father taught him the concept of one-point perspective when he was six.
"I would draw these little cities, and, of course, I had to put in a dinosaur smashing things," Marion said with a laugh. "You know how little kids are."
Marion's parents never discouraged him from art.
"When I got older, they designated one of the bedrooms to become one of my own little studio," he said. "It was my own place to create."
They would also enroll him in art classes.
"There was an art teacher who did painting classes, and I was nine years old when my parents put me in this class that consisted of 40-year-old ladies," he said.
Marion was still a pre-teen when he had his first public exhibit.
"There was a local shoe store that would hang all of my art," he said. "It was like my gallery. I'd walk in when my mom would buy us shoes, and the owner would stop and announce that I was the boy who did all of the art. Of course, I was embarrassed by all of that, but it paved the way for my future."
Marion said as his career in fine art has progressed, he is constantly reminded how important art is.
"There are so many things wrong in the world, and I think creating a work of beauty for someone who will hang it on their wall to make them feel happy is one of my motivations of doing this," he said. "I also have an innate desire to create things. I love the process. It's still magical to me. I feel like a little kid."
Visual artists Bruce Marion and Lee Wright will demonstrate their craft from on Friday, Aug. 25, and Saturday, Aug. 26, at Lunds Fine Art, 591 Main St.. The event is free and open to the public. For information, visit http://www.lundsfineartgallery.com.
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