Bill Bruce



“My roots in painting embraced the abstract/expressionist movement of the 50’s and 60’s, and my work today still harbors the freedom and energy that characterizes that philosophy”




As a self-taught painter, I got my start in the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco in the late 50’s after being discharged from the Navy in 1955.   Joining a small group of artists who called themselves the “Artist’s Consortium” I exhibited in small store fronts and Golden Gate Park.


I had my first one person show at the Lucien LeBault Gallery in San Francisco in 1966.  Upon moving to Fresno that same year, I at once got involved in the art community, exhibiting in the Coffee’s Art Gallery on the Fulton Mall and other venues.  I took time out to help raise my family, working full time. I elected to take early retirement in 1988, and this allowed me to resume my painting and photography.


A member of Fig Tree Gallery for over 20 years, and with a studio in downtown Fresno for over a dozen years, I remain an active participant in the vibrant Fresno art community.  I currently serve as Vice President of the Cultural Arts District Association.


I have exhibited my paintings from Oregon to San Francisco and south to Bakersfield, and continue to seek out opportunities to express my creative efforts.




“While my hair may be gray, I maintain a youthful outlook as far as life and art are concerned.”