Friday, November 25, 2016

Bruce Herman’s unconventional path to success as a Christian artist

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald
Second Adam ©Bruce, 2006; 125” x 155”; oil with gold and silver leaf on wood. Photo courtesy of Bruce Herman (
On two walls in the sky-lit studio of artist Bruce Herman hangs a set of eight intimate portraits. But admirers of Herman’s work aren’t going to find it for sale in any gallery. That’s because this Christian artist has blazed an unconventional trail to success in the arts marketplace. In the process, he’s inspiring other religious artists who might have loads of talent but can’t break into the gallery scene. Most artists who enjoy commercial success rely on galleries to market their work, according to Anderson. Herman rarely shows in galleries and hasn’t been represented exclusively by one since the 1980s. But that doesn’t stop him from finding buyers for works priced anywhere from $2,000 to $80,000. [link]

Riven Tree ©Bruce Herman, 2016, oil with gold and silver leaf on vertical triptych wood panels. Commissioned by Richard Hays, Dean of Divinity, Duke University. Photo courtesy of the artist