Bill Bruce: Biography

A self-taught painter, I got my start in the Haight-Ashbury District of San Francisco in the late 50’s, joining a small group of other artists, calling ourselves the “Artist’s Consortium” exhibiting in small store fronts, Golden Gate Park, and where ever we could show our work.

I had my first one person exhibit at the Lucien LeBault Gallery in San Francisco in 1966.  Upon moving to Fresno that same year with my wife and two children, I became involved in the Fresno art community.  I had a one person show at the Coffee’s Art Gallery on the thriving Fulton Mall that same year, and other local venues.

Helping to raise a family, and working a full time job, put my art on temporary hold, until early retirement in 1988.  This allowed me to vigorously resume my painting and photography.

I have been a member of Fig Tree Gallery since 1990, and an active participant in the vibrant Fresno art community.  I have had my own studio/gallery in downtown Fresno for 15 years.

Having many one person exhibits in Fig Tree Gallery, and other Fresno galleries, I also have exhibited from Oregon, to San Francisco, and Sacramento south to Bakersfield, with works in many private collections. Articles in the Fresno Bee and other local publications have documented my work over the years.

Age and gray hair has not inhibited my enthusiasm, and at almost 84 years of age, the creative urges are still there.  I’m still painting, carrying my camera around with me, but I just don’t climb ladders anymore.

Bill Bruce 2016