Bruce Backhouse

Bruce Backhouse

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Bruce Backhouse (b. 1950) is a landscape painter who lives in Johannesburg. Bruce started out as a fine art student at Rhodes University under Brian Bradshaw, then enjoyed a successful 25-year career in advertising as an art director and creative director. He spent eight years managing Image Bank South Africa before becoming a full-time artist in 2004. Throughout his career, Bruce has immersed himself in the vast arid interior of South Africa – the Great Karoo and the Kalahari. His paintings are the consequence of his intense visceral relationship with uninhabited aridity devoid of human manipulation. However, rather than be labelled purely as a painter of landscapes, his figurative paintings come from a childhood habit of doing caricatures and wry doodles.

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