BRYCE SPEED BIOGRAPHY
Born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1978, Bryce Speed completed his B.F.A. in painting and drawing from the University of Mississippi in 1999 and continued his studies to eventually receive his M.F.A. in painting from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 2005. After finishing his education Speed completed a six-week artist in residency program at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Nebraska. From then on Speed’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions over the past decade.
In 2006 and 2011 his work was selected for publication in New American Paintings Southeastern and Western editions. In 2014, he was part of a three-person exhibition at HERE Art Center in New York, NY, titled Suburbia: Is Anyone There? In 2015-16 he exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition in Edinburgh, Scotland and at the Visual Art Exchange’s Contemporary South Exhibition in Raleigh, NC. In 2017, he held a solo exhibition at the North Wall Arts Center in Oxford, UK. In 2022 his work was curated into the exhibition A Plot, Hatched by Two at the Warbling Collective in London and his work was curated in to Art of the South 2022 at the Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville. He is currently represented by The George Gallery, Charleston SC and Charlotte NC, and the Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans, LA.
Speed resides in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where he has been an Associate Professor of Art in Painting at the University of Alabama since 2014. The Mississippi native previously taught at University of Nebraska at Omaha and Central Community College in Columbus, Nebraska.
Bryce Speed is a multi-medium painter whose work focuses on speaking the unspoken language of visual art through his abstract images. In a recent statement Speed describes his approach to painting as “I create paintings that are simultaneously both abstract and representational. These works are occupied with a larger idea of structure and parts, creating an image of containment and movement. Each piece uses a personal pictogram language that is steeped in the intersectionality of nostalgia, identity, and early twentieth century abstraction. Though this visual language, I seek to classify and organize the memories and experiences that pervade the everyday.”