Bruce Munro

Artist Statement

 

I discovered light as a medium first in my professional career, outside of fine art. I had studied painting during school in Britain but needed to earn a living and found myself doing that in Australia, manufacturing display signs using a glowing ultra violet plastic whose properties I just loved.  When I decided to work in light, I chose it very carefully because I felt that I had too many thoughts and ideas about everything and I needed some kind of focus. I thought that by working in a medium that was very pure and true I could then have the opportunity to express lots of different ideas that filled my head.

In my early 40s, I began making things that using repurposed manufacturing components and light that were personal. I realized that I had always been striving to be so different, to make my art different, but starting then I began looking for shared experience. I've kept sketchbook journals for the last 40 years and had recorded moments and memories of feeling connected with the world  - and I realized that a lot of that could be expressed by light. Our experiences of being connected to the world in its largest sense, of being part of an essential pattern, became my subject matter.

Bio

British artist Bruce Munro (b. 1959) is best known for immersive large-scale mixed-media installations based on his interest in the medium of light.  Munro was born in London in 1959 and studied fine art at Bristol Polytechnic.  He moved to Australia in the 1980s where he worked within the lighting design industry. On his return to the UK in 1992 he settled in West Wiltshire and has designed contemporary residential light art pieces and very large walk-through outdoor light-based installations. 

Education

1978-1982    BA, Fine Arts, Bristol Polytechnic, Bristol, UK

1977-1978    Foundation in Art & Design, Braintree College, Essex, UK

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014    St. Andrews Square, Edinburgh, Scotland

2013    Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, UK (annual exhibition residency through 2015)

2013    Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus, OH

2013    Light, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art, Nashville, TN

2012    Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, UK

2012    Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

2012    Pratt Institute, New York, NY

2011    Holburne Museum, Bath, UK

2010   Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK

2008    Eden Project, St. Austell, Cornwall, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012    Oslo Festival of Light, Tjuvholmen, Norway

2011    Biennale Kijkduin, The Hague, Netherlands

2009    Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

2004    Brilliant, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

2002    Sotheby's, London, UK

Selected Bespoke Commissions

2012    Moet Hennessy, London, UK

2012    Royal United Hospital, Bath, UK

2011    Help for Heroes Charity Headquarters, Wiltshire, UK

2011    96 Kensington High Street, London, UK

2010    ZSL London Zoo, London, UK 

2010    Camelot Headquarters, London, UK

2009    W Hotel Downtown, New York, NY

2009    RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors), London, UK

2009    Energus, Cumbria, UK

2008    Queens Theatre, London, UK

2008    64 Knightsbridge, London, UK

2008    Babington House, Somerset, UK

2008    At the Chapel, Somerset, UK

2007    Royal Society, London, UK

2003    Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, London, UK

2002    Liberty & Co., London, UK

Selected Corporate Commissions

2012    Preston Bailey, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2012    Telefonica, S.A., Madrid, Spain

2012    Alexander McQueen, Paris, France

2011    Bentley Motors, Kensington Palace, London, UK

2011    JP Morgan, Universities of Glasgow, York, London, and Warwick, UK

2011    Telefonica, S. A., Madrid, Spain

1984-2002    Ampol, Australia

            Qantas, Australia

            Honda (Australia and New Zealand)

            Crown Corning Glass, Australia

            Epson Computers, Australia

            ABC, Australia

            Sydney City Council, Australia

            Sydney Airport, Australia