Brian Rutenberg American, b. 1965


Brian Rutenberg is known for atmospheric, abstract landscape paintings executed with a lush and vibrant impasto surface. Rutenberg traces his inspiration back to his fascination with the unique quality of light found in the South Carolina Low country, the place where he grew up. Rutenberg says, especially inspiring is that point when the land meets the water and for a moment the two become blurred. Rutenberg received a Fulbright Fellowship to study in Ireland in 1997While there, he was honored with studio space at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.  


Rutenberg has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Fellowship in Painting at the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2004, a Spring Island Trust Award in 2002, a Peter S. Reed Foundation award in 2000 and an Honorary Doctorate from his alma mater, the College of Charleston, in 2018His work has been represented in over ninety museum and gallery exhibitions across the United States and abroad and can be found in the collections of Yale University Art Gallery, the Gibbes Museum, the Morris Museum of Art and the Butler Institute of American Art among others.   The first monograph on the artist, Brian Rutenberg, was published in 2008.  

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