Title. Media

Al Bright

Youngstown, OH



1965   MA  Kent State University
1964   BS   Youngstown State University

Solo Exhibitions

2003   Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, OH)
1986   Harmon Meek Gallery (Naples, FL)
1985   Butler Institute of American Art  (Youngstown, OH)
1985   State University of NY at Cortland (Cortland, NY)
1980   Al Bright, Art Blakey, Jazz Messengers (Youngstown, OH)
1971    Stanford University Gallery (Palo Alto, CA)

Group Exhibitions

2015   Edison Price Lighting Gallery
1993   New England Art Exposition
1992   Ameriflora Art Exhibition
1994   Butler Institute of American Art
1978   Canton Art Institute
1976   Cleveland Museum of Art

Selected Collections

Paul & Suzanne Jenkins Collection, NY
Butler Institute of American Art, OH
Harmon & Harriet Kelly Collection, TX
Canton Museum of Art, OH
Roanoke Museum of Fine Arts, VA
Northeastern University, MA

Artist Statement

I approach a blank canvas alla prima with no preconceived notion.  The music starts and the composition begins with breaking the space of that blank canvas and just manipulating and working it from that point on.  The audience or spectator becomes deeply involved in the process because, as the painting is emerging and developing, the audience is seeing something that the artist is not seeing.  You see, I am involved in a creative process and they are involved with an aesthetic process.  They may see something they like destroyed, as I am destroying and recreating throughout the process - because that's what its all about; the destruction and remaking of it.  You can feel the ebb and flow of their feelings when I destroy a color, shape or something they see.  You feel it, that's the process that ultimately leads to that magic moment where everyone - the musicians, the audience and myself as the painter - can know that all of that energy is now coming to a closure.  And to destroy anything else in the work would mean to start it all over again.