Artist of the Day / Joshua Bronaugh

“Joshua Bronaugh’s sensual paintings engage with a sense of immediacy; gesture and medium are both expression and experience of the sensual. The media used are surprising; oil paint, motor oil, alkyd, and gold float on plastic support. The wolf atop a counter in a brasserie in Change is the Disease, Doctor, Both is Bronaugh’s twenty-first century equivalent of a Joseph Bueys spirit guide, with loose brushwork falling somewhere between the autobiography of gesture and concrete thought (another Bueysian method).”

From the Juror’s Comments, by Barbara O’Brien, curator of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

“His paintings, often large in scale, focus the obsessions of memory and emotion, almost always pushing the human figure to the edges of representation and, in some instances, far into abstraction.”

“His portraits allow him to focus feelings of longing, and to develop intellectual elaboration. Interaction of color is always at the forefront of his work, and the elements shape and composition have their genesis in motion and peripheral vision. When these principles combine, we are presented with a constant state of vibration and emergence.”

I found Joshua’s work at:


About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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3 Responses to Artist of the Day / Joshua Bronaugh

  1. I’m really thrilled by such “faceless” art! Love this work.

  2. Nae's Nest says:

    These are beautiful. Very talented. I’d like to re-blog.

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