Clear Seeing Place

From the salt marshes and moss-draped live oaks of the South Carolina Lowcountry to the New York art world, Clear Seeing Place takes the reader behind the studio door to explore the making of a painter in intimate detail. Brimming with the joy of process and a love of art history, Brian Rutenberg reveals the places, people, and experiences that led to the paintings for which he is well known today. This book is packed with ideas, observations, techniques, and career advice all thoughtfully arranged into six clear categories designed to inspire artists of all levels, as well as anyone interested in creativity.

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An original and stimulating memoir that takes readers into the mind and heart of an artist.
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Brian Rutenberg

Brian Rutenbergs paintings reinvigorate and revitalize the medium. His work elicits a profoundly visceral experience as he reinvests abstraction with a sense of spirituality. Influenced by the music of Glenn Gould and Celtic culture, as well as the painters Joan Mitchell and Hans Hofmann, Rutenberg draws on the landscape that he remembers from childhood, growing up between Pawleys Island and Charleston, where the rivers and lakes join the ocean. The landscape, complex in its layers, has guided Rutenbergs approach to composition and color. This volume is the first comprehensive presentation of his work.

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