(American, b. 1941)
Since the early 1980’s Bruce Cody has been regarded as one of the premiere painters of large urban and small town architectural motifs. His contemporary images range from high-rise towers with busy urban activities to small, purpose built structures such as gas stations, motels, theatres.
In all of his paintings the rich light and shadows of the Western landscape are the primary motive for selecting his subjects. Light pouring on a sign covered façade reflects his interest and early years of being in his father’s neon sign shop. Learning to create hand painted signs was the seminal experience that led him to the serious study and dedication to fine art studies of painting and printmaking. He graduated from the University of Wyoming and earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree at Washington State University
Developing his skills and aesthetic preferences during seventeen years as a university art teacher, he resigned his tenured professorship at Colorado State University to devote his life to painting in 1983. Since that time he and his wife Charlene lived in Denver, CO and Santa Fe, NM where he has earned much positive acclaim and numerous collectors of his oil paintings. In Santa Fe he and Charlene owned the highly regarded Charlene Cody Gallery from 1994 until 2005.
The heart of his work exists a positive observation of the American scene that records and mirrors our shared experiences of daily life and journeys across the United States.
He has presented twenty-five one man exhibits since 1984. His paintings are included in thirty public museum collections, over fifty corporate collections and in nearly 500 private collections in the U.S., Europe and Japan.
Bruce’s works have been extensively reviewed in newspapers, magazines and art books during the last three decades.
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Beloit College, Beloit, WI
Blanton Museum of Fine Art, University of Texas, Austin, TX
City of Westminster, CO
Colorado State House of Representatives, State Capitol Building, Denver, CO
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
AIRCOA, Denver, CO
American Television Corp, Denver, CO
Burlington Northern RR, Denver, CO
Citicorps, New York, NY
Colorado Bankshares Inc, Denver, CO
Selected Exhibition List:
Two artist Exhibition, Lacuna Galleries, Santa Fe NM, November, 2015
Greenberg Fine Arts Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, October, 2013
Two Artist Exhibition, Manitou Galleries, Santa Fe, NM, October, 2012
Two Artist Exhibition, Manitou Galleries, Santa Fe, NM, June 2011
Duley –Jones Gallery, (two person), Scottsdale, AZ. January, 2011
National and Regional Group Shows by Jury or Invitation, 1983-2015
Art Medical Fund Art Show, Santa Fe, NM, December, 2014, 2015
Canyon Road Paint Out and Auction, Ventana Gallery of Art, Santa Fe, NM, May 2013,2014
Collectors Reserve Invitational Show and Sale, Gilcrease Art Museum, Tulsa, OK, November, 2013
Twenty Fifth Anniversary Show and Sale, Art Students League of Denver, Denver, CO, January, 2013
Paint the Parks Juried Exhibition, Coutts Museum of Art, El Dorado, KS, and other venues, 2013
B.A. Fine Arts
University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, 1960-1964
B.F.A. Painting and Printmaking
Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 1964-1966
Post-Graduate Studies, St. Martins School of Art, London, England, 1976-77
Professional Artist, 1983–Present
Co-Owner of Charlene Cody Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, 1994–2005
Faculty Member, Art Students League of Denver, 1987-1992
Court Room Artist, NBC Evening News, Chicago, Los Angeles, KCNC-TV, Denver, CO, 1978-1992
University Art Faculty Member, 1966-1983
Southwest Art, “Exhibition Preview”, Greenberg Fine Arts Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, October, 2013
Paint the Parks Exhibition Viewbook, Sponsored by the Coutts Museum of Art, El Dorado, KS, 2013
Southwest Art, “Urban Impressions” Eight Artists Inspired by Urban Life, September, 2012, Broomfield, CO
Catalog, Second Annual Drawing Show, Scottsdale Gallery Assoc., October, 2010
Acrylic Innovation, Nancy Rener, Northlight Books, Cincinnati, OH. 2010
Bruce Cody Paintings are in over 400 private collections in the United States, Austria, England, Germany, Italy and Japan. His work is also in over 70 corporate collections in the US. Among the collectors are the late actor Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Burt Reynolds and Vice President and Mrs. Dick Cheney who have commissioned paintings by the artist.