Bruce Munro

British artist Bruce Munro was born in 1959 and completed a B.A. in Fine Arts at Bristol Polytechnic. Shortly thereafter he moved to Sydney, where he learned about design and lighting, inspired by Australia's natural light and landscape. Returning to Southwest England in 1992, he settled with his family in the countryside near Bath and set up a studio.

His work has been exhibited at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum—the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design—and at the 13th century gothic Salisbury Cathedral, where it garnered international praise. Munro’s work has also been shown at the Holburne Museum in Bath, Kensington Palace in London and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. In 2012, Munro mounted his first solo exhibition in the United States for Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa.

For further information on Munro's work please visit www.brucemunro.co.uk.


Artist Statement

“Inspiration comes in many guises. Sometimes one has a visceral gut instinct reaction about a person, place, experience or idea. My first visit to Cheekwood definitely falls into this category. The house and garden, created by the residential and landscape architect Bryant Fleming were completed in 1932. The scale and positioning of the buildings is at one with the landscape; there’s a feeling of understated balance and harmony, which allows one to enjoy the whole experience of the place without feeling obliged to pay lip service to the architecture and/or landscape. In simple words Cheekwood is not about showing off.

For me this is the most perfect place because it provides a variety of opportunities to respond to; each space varies in both scale and topographical character.

In addition, Cheekwood has a veritable Jewel in its crown, namely the world class exhibition galleries. In short I feel lucky and privileged to exhibit my work at this prestigious and beautiful house and garden.”

It goes without saying that none of this would have been possible without my parents. I am fortunate to have come from a very happy, loving family who always encouraged me to realise my creative aspirations. I can only hope that my work encapsulates some of their wonderful spirit.

--Bruce Munro