Bruce Conforth


Born in Paterson, New Jersey and growing up in Greenwich Village, New York City, Bruce attended the Cooper Union School of Art and also earned a B.F.A. in painting from Montclair State University.   In 1970 and 71 he apprenticed with noted American abstract expressionist painter Willem deKooning.  He received his PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington and taught at the University of Michigan for 16 years.  He currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

My work combines latex enamel and oil paint to explore the nature of paint as paint.  Although figures and recognizable shapes may appear to be present, I attempt to destroy the idea of line and allow even the most intimate of brush strokes to become shape in an exploration of the separation of the idea from the painting.  Each should be allowed to exist as their own possibility.  As such my paintings often take months of doing and undoing, taking the paint into the canvas in order to fight one’s way out of it.