About Teresa Brutcher
Born in Arizona and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Teresa Brutcher earned her degree in
Studio Art from the University of California at Davis where she had the good fortune to study
under such stellar figures as Wayne Thiebaud and Robert Arneson.
She currently lives and works in Spain, a country she came to know as an exchange student while getting her BA.
Mesmerized by the old masters that populated the Prado Museum in Madrid and by the
country itself, she returned there upon completing her degree.
The human figure is the primary focus of her work. Intrigued by the complexities of both the
physical and spiritual aspects of men and women, she endeavors to reflect them in her work.
Vivid light, intense darks, bright colors, exaggerated muscles and veins, accentuated
expressions of joy and vexation help achieve that goal. Large figures occupy almost the entire
picture plane, sometimes even extending beyond it as they and their condition are the
protagonists of her narrative.
Brutcher says, “The physical magnificence of the human body captivates me; it is simply
beautiful. But its gestures and contortions give us endless information about the world within.
They speak of our demons, our secrets, our joy and hopes.”
Those sentiments, which bind us together or drive us apart, are her primary concern.
Fundamentally, her paintings reflect the struggle to understand who she is, who we all are.
Her paintings are about her hopes and fears but never losing sight of the fact that they are not
just hers alone.
”As humans, we share these sentiments and perhaps by manifesting mine,”
she affirms,” I can help someone else identify and understand their own.”
Her work has shown in museums in the US and Spain (including the European Museum of
Modern Art in Barcelona) and in galleries in Spain, Portugal, Germany and the US. Her work
can be found in important collections around the world. She is currently represented by
Christopher Clark Fine Art in San Francisco.