“From a distance, my paintings often appear to be a rendered depiction of a scene, but upon closer viewing, the parts are revealed as abstract pieces, built one layer upon another into realistic images.” — Bruce McCombs
Bruce McCombs brings photorealism to his exhibit at Alma College.
“From a distance, my paintings often appear to be a rendered depiction of a scene, but upon closer viewing, the parts are revealed as abstract pieces, built one layer upon another into realistic images,” he says.
McCombs, a member of the art faculty at Hope College, shows his creative work in the Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery at Alma College from Monday, Jan. 5 through Thursday, Feb. 5. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
An artist’s reception will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5.
McCombs works primarily with watercolor, but he also used color pencil, ink, gouache oil stick and acrylic on a majority of the paintings in this exhibition.
“Each medium produces different effects, and expanding into multimedia painting has fulfilled my vision more completely,” he says.
McCombs received his bachelor in fine arts in printmaking from the Cleveland Institute of Art and a master’s in fine art in printmaking from Tulane University. He taught drawing and printmaking at Muskingum College before joining the Hope faculty.
He has numerous permanent collections in cities around the country, including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City. He also has had work featured in a variety of international collections in places like Brazil, Japan, England, Italy and Taiwan, among others.