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Heart Throb by Mark Bryce (Photo courtesy: OMA)

Mark Bryce: Love & War at the Oceanside Museum of Art May 22–September 19, 2021

Oceanside CA— Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) will present a major exhibition featuring the paintings of contemporary artist Mark Bryce. The artist’s first solo museum exhibition in
San Diego, Mark Bryce: Love & War will offer a beacon of reflection, in fundamentally turbulent times, through a focused selection of 39 paintings. The several bodies of work highlighted in the exhibition explore the artist’s deepening interest in universal topics such as love, violence, human frailty, and loneliness.

The source of Bryce’s work is personal, yet he considers it more about humanity’s collective experiences rather than just his own. Born on July 4 and a descendent of our country’s second president, John Adams, Bryce creates artwork that is steeped in Americana. A juxtaposition of realism with abstract philosophy and created using time-honored techniques borrowed from Old Masters, the artist’s delicate layers of paint are the foundation for inspiring weighty introspection and a consideration of wider implications. Asking more questions than it answers, Bryce’s work provokes viewers to participate in a dialog about equity and democracy—through both a contemporary lens as well as the perspectives of our Founding Fathers. For Bryce, it’s not just about the answers to those questions, it’s about wondering if the right questions are being asked.

Bryce adds, “The work in the exhibition is intended to convey a broad view of humanity which, as an artist, I have been examining for decades. I intend for the paintings to transcend singular definition. There is a connection throughout the work examining the challenges of the human condition through the light of time—both physical and spiritual.”

Originally organized by the Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT), OMA expands on the exhibition and situates the San Diego-based artist’s work within the social and political contexts that are essential to his practice. New paintings will be anchored by a selection of earlier pieces that illustrate the breadth of his work and the vast possibilities of painting itself. This exhibition builds on the remarkable 2017 solo show at CECUT which was the first time that revered institution invited an American to hold a solo exhibition—a clear nod to the relevance of Bryce’s work. The artist has had over a dozen solo shows and has been exhibiting nationwide for 50 years.

For more information visit visit www.oma-online.org

About OMA

Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) is centerstage in one of only 14 designated California Cultural Districts. Located in downtown Oceanside, the museum is a few blocks from the beautiful Pacific Ocean and easily accessible along the cultural corridor between Los Angeles and Tijuana. A gathering place where friends and family meet to experience the inspiring and transformative power of
arts and culture, OMA showcases a diverse array of works by Southern California artists that is sometimes edgy, sometimes traditional, and frequently unexpected—but never ordinary.

In addition to acclaimed exhibitions, OMA also offers hands-on workshops, informative lectures, and community events for all ages. For details on museum hours and exhibitions, as well as available onsite and virtual programming, visit www.oma-online.org.

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