James L. Bruch Signed 2011 “Rolling Landscape” Abstract Mixed Media Painting


A 2011 abstract mixed media painting titled, Rolling Landscape, by the American artist James L. Bruch (1942-2023). Titled, signed, and dated along the bottom edge, this abstract work features a light blue and orange landscape punctuated by colorful abstract forms and figures riding upon a bicycle shape. The painting is presented behind white mat in a black frame with the estate stamp verso. 

Born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, James Bruch (1942-2023) pursued his artistic talents at the University of Notre Dame, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1964. Thereafter, he received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California in 1967. While in school, Bruch focused his attention on painting bright scenes and recreating masterworks in pencil. From the ‘70s-’90s, he built his advertising career, garnering recognition for his efforts along the way. Upon retirement, Bruch immediately returned to decades-old ideas of colorful abstraction, which he had reimagined throughout his lifetime.

Bruch started his career designing for Montgomery Ward in Chicago, where he would meet, and settle down with, his wife Amy. He would continue his career at the prestigious institution of Leo Burnett as an art director and later as vice president. Following his retirement from the industry in 1999, Bruch was reinvigorated as an artist. He began to rediscover old concepts from his time in art school, reworking them, painting and repainting layer after layer, no piece ever truly finished in his eyes. He was a very reserved man after his retirement and following the death of his wife. This resulted in his work not being exhibited or sold during his lifetime.



36” W x 30” H x 0.75” D (frame); 28” W x 22” H (sight).

Condition notes:

Some scuffs to frame. 

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