Since the early 1980’s Bruce Cody has been regarded as one of the premier painters of large urban and small town architectural motifs. His contemporary images range from high-rise towers with busy urban activities to small, purpose built structures such as gas stations, motels, theatres.
In all of his paintings the rich light and shadows of the Western landscape are the primary motive for selecting his subjects. Light pouring on a sign covered façade reflects his interest and early years of being in his father’s neon sign shop. Learning to create hand-painted signs was the seminal experience that led him to the serious study and dedication to fine art studies of painting and printmaking. He graduated from the University of Wyoming and earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree at Washington State University.
Developing his skills and aesthetic preferences during seventeen years as a university art teacher, he resigned his tenured professorship at Colorado State University to devote his life to painting in 1983. Since that time he and his wife Charlene lived in Denver, CO and Santa Fe, NM where he has earned much positive acclaim and numerous collectors of his oil paintings. In Santa Fe he and Charlene owned the highly regarded Charlene Cody Gallery from 1994 until 2005.
At the heart of his work exists a positive observation of the American scene that records and mirrors our shared experiences of daily life and journeys across the United States.
He has presented twenty-five one-man exhibits since 1984. His paintings are included in thirty public museum collections, over fifty corporate collections and in nearly 500 private collections in the U.S., Europe and Japan.
Bruce’s works have been extensively reviewed in newspapers, magazines and art books during the last three decades.