Bruce Ingram works primarily in the collage technique with which he creates works shifting from flat to three-dimensional. His dynamic and gestural materials-led practice takes form in works on paper, sculpture and painting.
Paper sits at the centre of his practice for its versatility but also ephemeral and fragile nature. From this starting point he combines layers of meaning in sculptural and assembled works, where found objects such as clothing, off cuts of wood, and sawdust, are combined with more traditional art materials such as paint, spray paint, and plaster. Printed images acquire new meaning while tactile materials remind us of our everyday experiences, providing the viewer with an ever-changing sense of reinvention. Through the process of ‘play’ materials are assembled and morphed together. Ingram chooses to physically edit his works by collapsing and joining works together, producing outcomes that are a manifestation of starting points and compositions.
Bruce Ingram (b. 1981) graduated from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2008. His work has recently been exhibited at: New Art Projects, London (2019); No Format Gallery, London (2018); Bell House, London (2018). He was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize (2016) and was a finalist in the Dazed/Converse Emerging Artist Award (2011).
Platform Foundation Asks
Who is your artistic hero? Van Gogh.
Which work of art you wished you owned? “Two Dancers” (1938) a pinned paper cut by Henri Matisse.
What is the most indispensable item in your studio? Staple gun for instant attachment.
Describe your studio in three words: Topsy-Turvy, chaos, magic.
Do you collect anything? Yes! I am a gatherer of stuff. I am constantly collecting things to utilise in my work, often I find discarded objects in the street on my way to the studio in Deptford. I have also recently started to recycle my own clothing in the surfaces of my paintings. All this gathered stuff kicks around the studio floor for a while until it finds a purpose or ‘place’ in an artwork.
What kind of music do you listen to while you work? I am partial to an audio book and love a good epic - a Dickens novel will always get me through a rainy afternoon in the studio. Musically my go to artists reflect my creative mood but PJ Harvey, Neil Young and Mazzy Star always remain on heavy rotation. Also lots of 70’s disco for those high energy studio days!