Artist's Bio


evolution of an artist - 1965 - 2005
four decades of paintings by bay area artist
bruce lauritzen

This retrospective exhibition at the 'California Modern' recalls the artist's first solo show at the Pater Gallery in Milan, Italy, in 1964, where he resided and painted for six years. It is evident that Lauritzen's artistic career has followed a continuous path of creative thinking indicative of one who is not afraid to explore. Multiple forms of expression, and his unique interpretation of various subject matter inspire him, which continue to this day.

Despite Lauritzen's probing mind and constant need for discovery, one can sense a common thread of identity throughout his work. There is an authority inherant in everything he does, whether it's in his early masked, rolled, and splattered abstracts, his refined watercolors, or his impasto-laden cubistic forms. Whether it is architectural design, multi-media performance, or photography, the artist's creative personality percolates to the surface.

In 1961 he ventured to Europe. During his formative years he was exposed to classic and modern artists of the time, and mingled with an Italian group of vanguard artists. A highlight was in attending the pivotal 1964 Venice Biennale where the first prize was won by the USA.

Lauritzen's art over the past four decades reflects his Northern California roots. Born in San Francisco, he grew up in Marin County, attended California College of the Arts (CCAC) on scholarship, and received his Master of Fine Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute. He was Instructor of Art at the College of Marin, and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and served on the founding Board of Directors of the Marin Arts Council where he was instrumental in the artists grants program. His work has been the subject of over 130 exhibitions, and is included in private, institutional, and museum collections in the United States and abroad, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Achenbach Foundation at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor.

Though he has traveled widely, and sailed many seas, he says of his work, “My greatest adventures occur in my studio where every painting is a new experience.” Through it all, he is constantly honing his craft and refining his imagery, where there is invariably something to entice the eye and engage the mind.

Lauritzen currently lives and works in his West Marin studio. This show represents a sampling of art reaching back forty years, and attempts to reveal his development along the way.