Who am I?
I'm Bruce Hollister, an artist living and working in Venice CA.
So I got to build my own studio in LA. How cool is that!
My space used to be the outside glassing area for a local surfboard shop (run by a guy also named Bruce). When I first rented it there were no doors, or walls or anything, just a roof and a resin splattered concrete floor.
So I built some walls, put in a kitchen and added three really massive skylights. Actually I only have two and a quarter skylights... As I was cutting the third hole in the roof, the (very cool) painter that owns the building walked in, saw me on a ladder cutting large holes in a perfectly good roof and said
"... wow, maybe you should stop... Now."
So I did.
At two and a quarter.
I fill sketchbooks.
My sketchbooks are populated with weird and detailed worlds that I really don't understand myself if I'm honest. I have sketchbooks going back years, exploring how I was thinking of my art at different times, in different places through out my life.
I draw everyday, working and reworking pages until they feel right. I consider these drawings the center of my practice. Older drawings influencing newer work, and newer ideas forcing me to push back into older drawings to pull out more meaning.
Ink and wine in a sketchbook:
I then take these sketchbooks and then rework the images into prints.
'Lift' - Sketchbook page to print:
Or I let them sit in my brain until they filter through to drawings, watercolors or paintings.
'Open' - Ink and water color and maybe some gouache and collage:
'The Spiral' - Egg tempera and shellac on panel:
What is Patreon?
For a group of people that tend to live "inside their head" , artist do seem to like to share.
To point out cool things and show how something that should not work -- just, somehow, does.
To invite others in.
I was speaking with a friend about new ways to connect with people. How sites like Instagram can have such a dramatic effect on an artist's conversation with the world. He mentioned how crowd sourcing in general and Patreon in particular could so positively change our working practices.
Unlike the gallery/commodity based construct, Patreon is based on crowdfunding, which means that every small amount counts.
Which means that everyone can make a difference.
The idea that anyone who appreciates my work, or just appreciates the artistic practice, can offer to help out - without having to drop thousands of dollars on a painting, without having to commit.
'Orange skull' - acrylic on panel (with brush):
So this idea of a Patron.
Someone granting me time to think.
And giving me time to make.
And time to explore and to re-examine...
This person is so very important.