Phoebe Brunner

A third generation Californian, I spent a large part of my childhood on a 15,000 acre coastal cattle ranch- one of the original Spanish Land Grant ranchos – near Santa Barbara. My fondest memories, that inform my work today, are roaming alone on horseback for hours and hours, up and down the canyons, seeing the land go on forever from the ridgetops, and on the beach, observing the natural world with the innocent imagination of childhood.

By creating an alternative view to traditional landscape painting, my re-conceived landscapes of the American West and the coast of California, simultaneously real and surreal, invite the viewer to experience our surroundings with a new perspective and to lose oneself in an environment of nature enhanced and unexpected. Through the interplay of light and space, unorthodox colors, patterns and movement, a symbolic narrative with a mystical presence arises . Primal emotions, and instinctive, intuitive forces from within the human psyche are accessed through awareness of our natural world.

Derived from, but not documentations of specific places, these views are “reimaginings”. Created by tapping into a huge visual resevoir of memories , I also utilize field notes, photos, and thumbnail sketches. The viewer is led to wonder where these landscapes exist – with a longing to visit, and at the same time search in their own subconscious to find a personal location.

“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out ‘til sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”
-John Muir

PHOEBE BRUNNER Studied at California Institute of the Arts (Chouinard 1968 - 1970); Universidad de Guadalajara (summer program), Otis Art Institute (summer program), and University of California, Santa Barbara (BFA 1972).
2002 John E. Profant Foundation for the Arts , Individual Visual Artist Grant , 2002
1992 Gold Award, Art of California Magazine
1987 Santa Barbara Museum of Art Fellowship, “Meet the Artist”
Finalist General Services Administration’s Art in Architecture Program, San Francisco Federal Building
2010 Elverhoj Museum, Solvang, CA
2009 Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA
2008 Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Easton Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2007 Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach CA
2006 Hespe Gallery , San Francisco, CA ( also 2004, 2001, 1999)
Easton Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA ( also 2003, 2001, 1997, 1993)
2005 Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA
Koplindelrio Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Jonathan Club, Malibu, CA
2002 Koplin Gallery ,Los Angeles, CA ( also 2000, 1998, 1996)
Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
Louis Newman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Comsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
College of Creative Studies, University of California , Santa Barbara
2013 New Work, Gallery Bergelli, Larkspur, CA
100 Grand, 5"x5" Invitational, Westmont Museum of Art, Santa Barbara CA
Small Images, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College
100 Grand, Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara, CA
2012 5"x5" Invitational, Westmont Museum of Art, Santa Barbara CA
Small Images, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College
100 Grand, Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2008 Edge: Santa Barbara County Artists Respond, Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
A View From Here: A Group Exhibition of Contemporary Landscapes and Cityscapes, Judson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2007 Berkus Family Collection, University Art Gallery, CalPoly State University, San Luis Obispo,CA ( catalog )
2004 The Political Landscape, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
Speculative Terrain, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA. ,
Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA and
Laband Art Gallery, Loyola Marymount University , Los Angeles, CA
2001-2002 Representing L.A: Pictorial Currents in Recent Southern California Art,
Frey Museum of Art, Seattle, WA.,
South Texas Institute of Art, Corpus Christi, TX., and
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA., (catalog )
2001 Dreamscapes, Wignall Museum, Rancho Cucamonga, CA. ( catalog )
2000 20th Century Showcase of Santa Barbara County Artists, Elverhoy Museum, Solvang, CA,
1997 Curator’s Choice, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Ridley-Tree Education Center
1995 Landscape:The Continuum, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery ( catalog )
1994 Twenty Leading California Landscape Artists, Columbia Club, Indianapolis, IND
1992 Strong Spirit – A Century of Santa Barbara County Landscape Painters,
Santa Maria Museum Art Center, Santa Maria, CA
1991 Santa Barbara Artists 1, Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1990 The Art of Love, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA ( catalog )
1988 Meet the Artist, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, ( catalog )
1987 Eternal Interest: Visions of the Figure, Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Fantastic Vision, Simard Halm Gallery, Los Angeles,CA
Julia Morgan Memorial Exhibit, Riverside Art Museum
1986 Five Painters, University of California, College of Creative Studies
Hollywood Inside and Out, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
Wallworks, LA Artcore, Los Angeles,CA
BRUNNER is represented in the collections of:
Santa Barbara Foundation
Cancer Center of Santa Barbara
Glenbow Museum of Art
, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Wellington Management, Boston, MA and Singapore
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Iquantic Corporation, San Francisco, CA
Patagonia, Ventura, CA
United Technologies, Hartford, CONN
Security Pacific Bank, Los Angeles, CA
Allstate Insurance
Safeco Insurance Company, Orange, CA
Four Seasons Hotel, Scottsdale, ARIZ
Automobile Club of Southern California
Universal Studios, Orlando, FLA
First American Venture Capitol,Inc., Indianapolis, IND
Fireman’s Fund, Novato, CA
San Marcos Town Center, San Marcos, CA
Irving Trust Co., Los Angeles, CA
Rossbacher & Assoc., Los Angeles, CA
Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce, Santa Barbara, CA
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Los Angeles, CA
The Barry Berkus Family Art Collection
and numerous private collections