Rod Bouc

Contemporary American Landscapes

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Fenceline I

Center Sumac

Fenceline II

Lone Sumac

... Is Half Its Light

Sumac and Treeline

Luminous Darkening

Kyoto Garden

New Made Cloud

Wild and Tangled (monotype)

Sumac Head

Wild and Tangled (oil)

Sun in Flight


Winter near Eric's

Artist's Statement

I studied drawing and painting at the University of Nebraska and Ohio Sate University. My paintings are done with paint sticks which are pigment and wax on board. The images range from a coarse pointillism to being crisply articulated. The subject matter, though drawn from photographs taken in Ohio, Iowa or Nebraska, all key into memories of the land I came to know and understand growing up on a farm in Nebraska. I am very interested in the way light and shadows can evoke emotions in the landscape. Nature works both as an image and a metaphor for my everyday life. The mood that is set sometimes reminds me of my ancestors and their history with the land. Sometimes it expresses inner emotions. I am always amazed at the way that I feel or the way that it lifts me out of myself.

I have come to realize that paintings do the same thing. You can look at repeatedly and come away with a different reaction each time. My subject matter is no longer a representation of my surroundings but a pursuit of how I express the feeling of what I saw.

Critical Excerpts

"The surface is a nearly perfect merging of process and subject for the artist because the heavy impasto ‘attempts to mimic the physical complexity I see in nature’ as it simultaneously reflects the physical nature of application. This merging is true also for his work in monotype."

Melissa Wolfe,
Rod Bouc: Landscapes from the
Middle Border
, 2003

Recent Articles


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The Columbus Dispatch

Private Spaces | Rod Bouc

Sunday, December 7, 2008


Keny Galleries

Man, environment interact in contrasting styles

Sunday,  June 17, 2007 3:59 AM

By Christopher A. Yates

For The Columbus Dispatch

Rod Bouc and Eric Barth create contemplative landscapes. Like windows of personal experience, their paintings are emotional responses to location, the passage of time and the change of light or season. Both use unconventional painting methods with vastly different results.

Though stylistically the artists reside in different camps, pairing them is successful. Most interesting is a comparison of surfaces. Bouc's are visceral and energetic while Barth's are atmospheric and quiet. Equally valid, the approaches suggest two different relationships with nature.

Using oil sticks, Bouc produces dramatic paintings and monotype prints. Having grown up on a farm in Nebraska, he re-creates the rural Midwest through elaborate orchestrations of mark and texture. Though brightly colored, his works essentially are about value -- with strong light and dark shades. The effect is stark, raw and a bit unsettling.

Many pieces focus on areas of transition, places where nature and man form an uneasy coexistence. Weedtree, Michaelmas and Goldenrod depicts a tangle of noxious weeds, plants that farmers battle. The strangely beautiful image examines man's control and domination of the natural world.

The monotype After Corn Picking presents a harvested cornfield. The barren earth seems to have endured a kind of physical violence. Though more observation than indictment, the piece moves beyond a simple landscape to make a statement: When man's will is imposed on nature, there are consequences.

Barth's paintings are calm and meditative. Although they seem to be Midwestern places, his subjects are unidentifiable, approaching a universal quality. They follow the tradition of 19th-century American landscape painters but, more important, they connect with tonalists such as Ralph Blakelock, James Abbott McNeill Whistler scenes, including A Silent Night Shattered and A Clouded Moon. Distant lights and small boats on bodies of water signal man's presence.  

Bouc and Barth offer landscapes as reflections of personal experience. Their works reflect upon and attempt to understand the human place in the natural world.



MFA, The Ohio State University, 1979
BFA, Univsersity of Nebraska, 1973


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