Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bruce Nygren Paints Toys on Books and Other Fanciful Scenes

Bruce Nygren’s large oil painting depicting a meeting of pears hangs on the wall of the Riverview Wine Bar, just a few blocks from his home studio. His paintings frequently feature arranged scenes of vintage toys (sometimes with fruit) and have an air of nostalgia about them. He describes these fanciful paintings as “still lifes that resemble puppet shows and whimsical dreamscapes.”

He’s also a musician, with a blues band called the Mumblebugs, whose album, Falling in Blues, features one of Bruce’s iconic floating house paintings on its cover. (See the linked page to view the album cover and listen to samples.

The Mumblebugs will be performing at Harriet Brewing on Saturday evening during LoLa weekend, August 23, at 6:30 p.m.

He’s joining LoLa for the first time this year and will be showing at his house on East 38th Street and 37th Avenue South (site No. 42) , across the street from another LoLa site, Fireroast Cafe (site No. 41), and just a few blocks west of the Riverview Cafe (Site No. 43). He says he’ll have the coffee pot on for his visitors.

What inspires/informs your art?
My imagination.

Why did you join LoLa?
I thought it might be fun and that I’d make some money.

See more of Bruce’s paintings on his website, Houses Can Fly, and at his show next month at the Fox Tax Gallery, 503 First Ave. NE, Minneapolis, which opens on September 20, from 6 to 9 p.m.

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