Bruce Riley is a talented Chicago-based artist who creates beautifully psychedelic paintings of poured paint and dripping resin. His artworks contain a blinding myriad of details and structures that form surreal creatures or psychedelic mandalas.
Riley says that most of his creations are the result of pure improvisation and experimentation. “You can’t have any other intent but moving. You can’t worry about it, you can’t stop, you can’t choke. It’s obvious when it works. It’s obvious when it fails,” poetically explains the Riley. “The paintings aren’t about specific things, they’re all about kind of the same thing. And I’m not really trying to define any ideas, I just let it flow.”
“My favorite part is laying down the paint and figuring out what to do before it sets up,” Bruce Riley told . “I’m addicted to the psychological risk taking that is part of unknowing. When I work too much from a place of intent the life leaves a piece and it becomes about me and not what I see”
“My approach is a bit ‘hands off’ compared to more traditional ways of applying paint. So I’ve gotten used to accidents. I’ll leave really ugly passages to dry that with a light glaze latter become the most glowing part of a painting”
“The resin is not the greenest artist material to be using. I try to rationalize this by telling myself that I’m a rabid recycler, re-user, non car-owning, non jet-riding gardener…”
“I find it hard to be free of my conditioning in fact it might not be possible so I decided a long time ago to feed my organism the conditioning I choose not out of habit but with a mindfulness”