Bruce Cheever was born in Utah in 1958 and spent much of his youth drawing and painting. At an early age his mother recognized his talents and provided opportunities to help him develop his talents and enrolled him in adult art classes when he was only eleven years old. Bruce entered Brigham Young University in 1977 and pursued degrees in Industrial Arts and Design Technology. He was soon recognized by a professor as a talented draftsman and illustrator. He began his artistic career as an illustrator and built a strong foundation for his future as a painter.
Bruce is now well known in the fine art world for his exceptional talent and unique masterpieces. His technique of layering the oil paint and varnish helps to create works reminiscent of the Renaissance era. There is a balance in his work difficult for even the most seasoned artists to attain. He juxtaposes opposite forces against one another to create a balanced and harmonious composition. His newest body of work was inspired by a recent trip to the rural highland farms of Switzerland, and he has produced some amazingly beautiful pastoral paintings.
Regardless of subject matter, Bruce strives to evoke emotion in the sense of place and endeavors to convey a rich feeling of nostalgia for viewers by inspiring them to pay attention to the simple beauties of life. He says, “My work is completed in a series of layers and glazes, each is meant to help tell the final story, and upon completion of a piece, one can view the process by seeing the paint of each layer. Even faint hints of the drawing process can be seen as well as the block in washes all the way up to the thicker surface layers and highlights. All this is done deliberately and with the purpose to let the viewer see a glimpse of the process. For me, the process is where the excitement and energy comes from and I want the viewer to experience it as well. By glazing thin layers of paint I take advantage of the chemistry and beauty of oil paint. Renaissance painters used these techniques in their work. The theory of luminosity is that when light penetrates through the layers and is reflected back from a lighter interior surface it creates a feeling of light coming from within.”
Bruce lives on wooded mountain acreage in Utah and considers himself fortunate to view the world in an artistic way. He says, “When you are born with a mind that is always computing what you see in an artistic manner, you had better learn to use it to your advantage and recognize the wonderful benefit that it is.” Bruce enjoys painting a variety of subjects, but particularly loves the landscape. Vern Swanson, Director of the Springville Museum of Art states, “The result of Bruce’s work is painstaking precision. He is a Western Americana artist with strong spatial conceptions and his lighting style delicately prompts collective remembrances of Utah’s distinctive landscape.”
Bruce loves reading about art and artists and visits museums as often as possible. He says, “I am inspired by impressionism, tonalism, realism and luminosity…My hope is to inspire others through my art and to participate in reminding mankind that the world can be good if we learn to appreciate it.” Bruce has been awarded the Top 100 Award for Excellence at the annual Arts for the Parks Competition and has exhibited work at the National Wildlife Museum in Jackson, Wyoming. His work has also been featured in the fine art publications "Art of the West," "Southwest Art," and "Western Art Collector."