Teresa Brutcher


Teresa Brutcher/Artist´s Statement
Intrigued by the human figure as a subject, I endeavor to paint it inside and out. Skin and sentiment, the play of light and dark within and without, vexation and joy and all the complexities of the human spirit,
surprise and inspire me to paint.
Realism is the style I have chosen to construct my pictorial world; oil on canvas is my favored medium.  My figures are painted carefully: their veins and muscles bulging; wrinkles well defined; the threads, folds and textures of their garb clearly rendered.  But academic skill is not an end in itself for me. It is the means which facilitates the creation of an illusion, a confrontation between the real and the unreal, the grotesque and the beautiful, balance and imbalance.
The series, “Tightrope”, depicts this struggle to maintain equilibrium as the figures move along the high wire, some apparently unaware of the looming menace below (And the Wash?, Help and High Wire) while others perceive the danger (Falling Star, No Net and Tightrope III). So it is in our lives that happiness is fragile and ephemeral. It can topple and shatter should we lose our footing on this “High Wire” we tread called Life. Some of us live in fear of taking that “wrong step” whereas others barge ahead in their valence or ignorance.
In other works, my canvas is the stage where I confront and attempt to exorcise my darkest demons and deepest fears but fears and demons which I know are not mine alone. In my series “Sentenced”, loneliness plagues victims whose prison is self imposed. The protagonists in the series “Cloning Around” are isolated as well, trapped in their clone-clown suits, unable to free themselves from the shackles of sameness our society imposes on all of us.  Sameness prevails because being unique is a threatening challenge which throttles the very foundations  of the status quo. The paintings in both series portray very personal and universal terrors: rejection, isolation and solitude.
My pieces, “Conspiracy”, “El Cuerpo del Deseo”, and “Half Men”, are part of a series which addresses the plight of women as victims of violence, exclusion and rejection- women who are denigrated, ignored, imprisoned under their garments, imprisoned inside themselves. I feel a relentless need as the fervent nonconformist that I am to challenge the established order of things, including the institutions we have been encouraged to accept and endorse unquestioningly - ”Mother Church” -, an endorsement which simply should not liberate us from the obligation as cognizant creatures to subject all dogma to scrutiny in order to establish our own personal criteria. The subjugation of women, the subjugation of the human spirit, are impositions to which we should not meekly surrender.  
But not all my work is dismal. My flower series is a twist of the traditional still life painting where flowers are nestled in vases. In this series, the human figure serves as the receptacle that sustains the colorful blooms. Petals, leaves, stems, skin, muscle, and limbs scramble together in a joyous celebration of sensuality.
 Most recently, apples have replaced flowers in my latest series, “The Apple”. The forbidden fruit, a long-time literary symbol of lurking danger and seduction, taunts and lures the embracing figures in Temptation I and II, while it threatens and frightens in Temptation III.
Fundamentally, my paintings are a manifestation of my need to create and my love of painting. But whether dismal and dark or joyous and hopeful, they reflect my struggle to understand what I am, what we all are and what binds us together in our fragile existence. I paint about my hopes and fears but never losing sight of the fact that they are not just mine. As humans, we share these sentiments and perhaps by manifesting mine, I can help someone else identify and understand their own.



Group Shows:
• Espacio 36 gallery, Zamora, Spain, July 20-August 8, 2018.
• RJD Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York, May 19-June 4, 2018.
• Café Moderno, Painters of Pontevedra II, Pontevedra, Spain, May-June 2015.
• Art Madrid 2014/ Moret Art Gallery, Coruña, Spain 2014.
• Barbara von Stechow, Frankfurt, Germany, December 2013-January 2014.
• Ceferino Navarro Gallery, Roquetas del Mar, Spain, July-August 2013.
• Barbara von stechow Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany, June-September 2013.
• Ceferino Navarro gallery, Granada, Spain, 2012.
• Borrón 4 Gallery, Cambados, Spain, November 2011.
• International Art Fair “Liste”, Berlín, Germany, October 2007.
• Vila Nova de Cerveira International Juried Biennial, Portugal, August 2007.
• Borrón 4 Gallery, Cambados, Spain, November 2006.
• Ramón María Aller Museum, Lalín, Spain, May 2005.
• Sutton Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 2004.
• Sutton Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 2004.
• Gibraleón, Huelva, Spain, August 2003.
• Alcázar de San Juan, Spain, August 2003.
• Chroma Gallery, Vigo, Spain, June 2003.
• Casal de Ferreirós, Poio, Pontevedra, Spain, March 2002.
• Belo Belo Gallery, Braga, Portugal, December 2001.
• Hostal de los Reyes Católicos, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, May 2000.
• The Art Factory, Torresvedras, Portugal, July 2000.
• Belo Belo Gallery, Braga, Portugal, December 1999.
• Tubac Art Center, Arizona, USA, April 1985.
• The Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, USA, March 1985.
• Orme School Gallery, Verde Valley, Arizona, USA, 1981.
• The Tucson Museum, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 1984.
• Orme School Gallery, Verde Valley, Arizona, USA, 1981.
• Jerome Art Gallery, Jerome, Arizona, USA, October 1981.
• Lambert-Miller Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, 1981-1983.
• The Downstairs Gallery, University of California, Davis, California, USA, June 1977.

One Woman Shows:
• Ceferino Navarro Gallery, Granada, Spain November-December 2015. 
• Museum of Pontevedra, Pontevedra, Spain, September-November 2012.
• Borrón 4 Gallery, Cambados, Spain, November 2010.
• Ceferino Navarro Gallery, Granada, Spain, December 2009.
• Planet-Vivid Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany, July-August 2009.
• Medina Elvira Cultural Center, Artafe, (Granada), Spain, June 2008.
• José Lorenzo Gallery, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, February-March 2006.
• Belo Belo Gallery, Braga, Portugal, November 2005.
• Ramón María de Aller Museum, Lalín, Spain, September 2005.
• Sargadelos Gallery, Pontevedra, Spain, October 2004.
• Belo Belo Gallery, Braga, Portugal, February 2003.
• Casa Galicia, Madrid, Spain, June 2002.
• Arteimagen Gallery, Coruña, Spain, February 2001.
• Nova Rua Art Gallery, Lugo, Spain, December 2000.
• The Art Factory, Torres Vedras, Portugal, October 2000
• Manuel Torres Museum, Marin, Spain, July 1999.
• Sala de Arte Caixa Vigo, Vigo, Spain, February 1999.
• Sol Gallery, Pontevedra, Spain, January 1999.
• Socel Gallery, Pontevedra, Spain, October 1997.
• Sala de Arte Caja de Ahorros de la Inmaculada, Zaragoza, Spain, September 1998.
•  Arizona Art Institute, Tucson, Arizona, USA, August 1984.
• Crítica de Arte (International Monthly, Madrid based), October 1999.
• El Punto de las Artes, 2002
• The New Crusades (Mueum Catalogue 2009-Vila Nova de Cerveira Museum)
• El País ,Major Spanish newspaper which published a series of articles
on women painters living and working in Galicia, February 2011