Teresa Brutcher


Teresa Brutcher/Artist´s Statement

The human figure is the primary focus of my work. I am intrigued by the complexities of both the physical and spiritual aspects of men and women and endeavor to reflect them in my work. Vivid light, intense darks, bright colors, exaggerated muscles and veins, accentuated expressions of joy and vexation help achieve that goal. Large figures occupy almost the entire picture plane, sometimes even extending beyond it as they and their condition are the protagonists of my narrative.

Each piece begins with a detailed drawing which I then transfer to a darkened canvas. This under layer, usually dark green, gives profundity to the final piece. Then a first diluted layer of oil paint defines muscles, veins, wrinkles, folds, and lights and darks of every surface. Subsequently, I work all parts of the painting from background to foreground with a second thicker layer, then sometimes a third and fourth building and defining detail more acutely with each layer.

The physical magnificence of the human body captivates me; it is simply beautiful. But its gestures and contortions give us endless information about the world within. They speak of our demons, our secrets, our joy and hopes. Those sentiments, which bind us together or drive us apart, are my primary concern.

Symbols and metaphors have been ever present in my work. Not only do they facilitate my narrative because of their universal nature, but they are also visually interesting as objects with which the figures may interact. My most recent series, “The Apple”, exploits the forbidden fruit as a long-time  literary symbol of lurking danger and seduction which taunts and lures the embracing figures in Temptation I and II, while it threatens and frightens in Temptation III. In “William Won´t Tell”, the protagonist submissively endures an uncertain outcome (as so many humans do).

 Fundamentally, my paintings reflect my struggle to understand what I am, what we all are. 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:
.AnArte Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, November 1-31, 2018.
• 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