Bob Bryden’s work exists comfortably within the traditions of minimalism and optical art. Subject is reduced to the essential elements of point, line and plane. Visual dialogue emerges from the layering of color field and pattern. His images are tightly structured and concise while at the same time are optically active and visually illusive. The perceptual experience of his work involves the interaction of seeing and understanding and is directly related to how vision functions.
Printmaking techniques are central to the process of Bob’s work. Printing facilitates the layering of line and color patterns and each overlay creates additional patterns. Many of his pieces incorporate numerous over printings. Inherent to the printing process is the transferred image where a design is created on one surface and then transferred to another surface, in some cases multiple times, before being printed onto the final piece. This transference enhances an image with a visual history and gives to the work special qualities not achieved with more directly applied methods.
Bob grew up in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. He is a graduate of Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. He went on to do graduate work in South Asian art history at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His desire for a greater involvement with creative arts lead to Kentucky and graduate work at the University of Louisville where he received a Masters Degree in Art with a concentration in printmaking. In addition to art he has worked primarily in graphic design and commercial printing. Today he pursues his creative endeavors in his swamp side home/studio in Wilmington, NC.
View more of Bob’s work at: www.bobbrydenart.com