This work is part of a series by the artist that reflects on the sublime humility of wildflowers. This composition depicts a plant that works tirelessly to ensure its own survival with quiet resilience, transcending a harsh and unforgiving landscape.
Zach Bruder’s metaphorical approach to painting and long-term interest in image collecting combine in his inventive compositions, where both pictorial and illusionistic space play a role. The artist's paintings are often humorous and allegorical, and they frequently involve animals, architecture and anthropomorphism. Bruder's works revive and repurpose familiar motifs, referencing folklore while finding new metaphors in simple objects and creatures. The artist draws from classical and vernacular mythology culled from his extensive archive of historic imagery. Addressing mythologies both cultural and personal, Bruder’s paintings offer multiple interpretations of religious and social narratives—while urgently responsing to the societal and political moment in which they were produced.
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Zach Bruder’s humorous and allegorical paintings repurpose familiar motifs—including animals, folklore, architecture and anthropomorphism—to find new metaphors in simple objects and creatures. The artist’s inventive compositions employ classical and vernacular mythology drawn from a vast archive of source images that the artist collects. Bruder’s paintings offer multiple interpretations of religious and social narratives, while responding urgently to the societal and political moment in which they were produced.