Michael Bruner is an artist living and working in rural Illinois, United States. Michael was born and raised in Indiana and received a B.F.A and M.F.A. from Indiana State University, studying under Leroy Lamis, Dick Hay, and Charles Reddington.
"I’m a solitary person. My art is something for which I am fully responsible. It belongs to me. I have always approached my art in that I don’t owe anything to anyone in this one part of my life. I do what I want, how I want to do it. If others view it favorably - outstanding."
My drawings are sometimes hyperreal and surreal – highly-detailed figures described in pencil with a precision that is sometimes beyond photographic. My works take as subject dreams, memories, and their metaphors, and consider the complexities of identity and subliminal emotions. In composition, my drawings are influenced by images that evoke a momentary recognition in the viewer and a sense of familiarity, but with a confusion of pushed reality, and a combination and exchange of the real and unreal.
My work marks a period of my life and I attempt to show the line of my march and stick to it. My work reflects what is happening to me at the time. I have always approached my art in that I don’t owe anything to anyone in this one part of my life. I do what I want, how I want to do it. If others view it favorably - outstanding.