Bruce Mortimer (stylised by his signature as mort'mer) is a New Zealand based visual artist working predominantly in charcoal and graphite pencils, but also in oils, acrylics, pastels, photography and filmmaking.
He is currently working on two series, 'Expressions of Solitude' and 'Expressions of Community' which have aspects of both landscape and human presence.
In 2013 I was inspired to simplify my professional art career and create a new series of artworks, and through using only graphite and charcoal pencils I found my voice with this medium, a captivating blend of ideas. I actually my style 'loose hyperrealism' which is a bit of a paradox! This medium and style underpins my current series, and provides continuity across a wide range of subject matter. Beyond this contemporary diversion, my current series include abstract expressionist and abstract semi-sculptural two dimensional art. I travel sporadically into deeply remote places in search of both myself and new material, through which I then express my love of landscape and how people interact with it.
Current series AWARDS and MENTIONS
Winner 2016 - Nelson Art Expo Pomeroy's award
Winner 2016 - Signature Piece Award - NZ Art Show
Bruce Mortimer chosen as resident ASB Bank/NZ Art Show artist 2016, 2017 and 2018
Finalist 2015 - Signature Piece Award -NZ Art Show
Featured in The New Zealand Artist Magazine in 2015
Bruce Mortimer was top seller at the Art-x National Art Exhibition in 2015
Finalist in 2014 - Parkin Prize
Represented by Red Peach Gallery, Napier, New Zealand since 2014
Permanent display of landscape photographs - Rydges Hotel, Wellington
'Africa by Inspiration' - book of black and white photographs, Art Publishers 2007