Bruce Garrity's paintings are poetic explorations of pictorial inventions and equivalents for visual experience. The paintings act as sites for events that stem from perception, memory and the experience of history/art history. He utilizes a broad vocabulary of painterly means in the pursuit of visual pictorial drama, often in dialog with earlier artists (Cezanne, Matisse, Bonnard, Giacometti). The spaces depicted are the more intimate surroundings of interiors and objects, whether of the studio or even when outdoors, the being in as opposed to the looking upon these circumstances. These juxtapositions suggest the human presence even when the figure is unseen and focus on engaging the viewer as an implicit participant.
Garrity received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from the University of Delaware, and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He teaches at Rutgers University in Camden.