Bruce Earles takes an iconic birds-eye view of the idiosyncratic nature of human movement and settlement in urban spaces. His works celebrate the idea of urban life, at the same time they describe it in an existential sense and the isolation of the individual. His investigations commonly eventuate into bold statements demanding viewer interaction.
His works are suggestive in nature, rather than descriptive, and focus on such themes as human alienation, anonymity, cultural misplacement and place-being. They maintain a sociological significance by portraying such urban issues as human conditions, community interconnectivity and the cultural dimensions of place.
Bruce’s naïve and recognisable painting style was defined in the early 1980’s as a highly influential member of Melbourne’s ‘Roar’ collective, where he worked alongside artists such as David Larwill, Pasquale Giardino and Sarah Faulkner. The ‘Roar’ collective set out to have a significant impact on the Australian art scene and works by Bruce Earles and other Roar Studios artists are still highly sought after and collected today.
For over 30 years Bruce has exhibited extensively both in Australia and overseas including Tokyo, New York, London. By winning the prestigious New York Pollock Krasner Award, Dr Earles continues to be one of Australia’s most exciting and collectable artists.
Education: 2002 Doctor of Creative Arts, University of Western Sydney 1998 Master of Arts (Honours), University of Western Sydney 1996 Master of Educational Studies, Monash University 1989 Graduate Diploma in Special Education, Melbourne University 1979 Graduate Diploma in Art Education, Monash University 1973 Diploma of Teaching, Monash University Awards: 2001 Research Grants, University of Western Sydney 2000 Pollock Krasner Award, Pollock Krasner Foundation, New York 1999 Artist in Residence, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne Exhibitions: 2013 Art Images Gallery, Adelaide 2013 Manyung at Sorrento, Melbourne 2012 Trevor Victor Harvey Sydney 2012 LK Contemporary, Perth 2012 Soho Gallery, Sydney 2011 Soho Gallery, Sydney 2011 LK Contemporary, Perth 2010 LK Contemporary, Perth 2010 Artistry/Hogan Galleries Melbourne 2009 Trevor Victor Harvey Sydney 2009 Artistry Galleries Melbourne 2009 Linton and Kay Contemporary, Perth 2008 Schuberts Contemporary Gold Coast 2008 Art Images Adelaide 2008 Trevor Victor Harvey Sydney 2008 Artistry Galleries Melbourne 2008 Linton and Kay Contemporary, Perth 2007 Ho Gallery, Melbourne 2007 House of Phillips Fine Art, Sydney 2007 Paul Gullotti Gallery, Perth Art Images Gallery, Adelaide 2006 Art Images Gallery, Adelaide 2006 Paul Gullotti Gallery, Perth Art Images Gallery, Adelaide 2005 Goya Galleries, Melbourne 2005 Qdos Gallery, Lorne 1999 Maling Gallery Casula Powerhouse, Sydney 1992 Ten Years After, Roar Studios, Melbourne 1991 Maska Gallery, Pioneer Square, Seattle 1987 Emerging Collector, East Village, New York
1985-1986 Gallery 212, Waseda, Tokyo 1983-1986 Roar Studios, Melbourne