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works by mcac’s 2024 featured artist, Bryce Speed

Tuscaloosa, AL

Bryce Speed is Associate Professor of Art in Painting at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.

Artist Statement

Creating a painting or drawing is a good vehicle for slowing down and reflecting on the rapid pace at which we now experience images in our world. In an era of instant access, analogue processes such as painting seem well situated for new intersections to develop within contemporary visual expression. Using a collage like sensibility to layout this work, with its fluidity and maneuverability, I seek to represent how both internal and external forces shape relationships between idea and form.

I use an interplay of universal shapes on simple grounds to evoke palpable experiences of the horizon, language, and architectural spaces. These, in turn, become metaphorical agents of possibility and surprise, as well as depictions of openness (and closedness) in the visual and social worlds alike. In this way, painting acts a bridge to the concerns of everyday life.

Click here to read about our connection to Bryce and his selection as MCAC’s 2024 Featured Artist.

Click here to see Bryce’s Featured Artist page.  



Featured Artist Blog Post Announcement:

Featured paintings by bryce speed
  • Somewhere Else, acrylic on canvas, 46″x58″, 2022
  • Universal Table, acrylic on canvas, 58″x46″, 2022
  • Chesterfield, 36″x30″, acrylic on canvas, 2023
  • Vendors, 36″x30″, acrylic on canvas, 2023
  • Rent Increase, 36″x30″, acrylic on canvas, 2023
  • Three Foot, 18″x16″, acrylic on canvas, 2023
  • The Garage, 18″x16″, acrylic on canvas, 2023
  • Little Pharma, 18″x16″, acrylic on canvas, 2023
  • Department Store, 18″x16″, acrylic on canvas, 2023

41st Annual MCAC

April 26-28, 2024