418 West Rock Ave. New Haven, 06515
Frank Bruckmann discovered painting in his 20's, while living in his native state, New Jersey. Compelled by the seductive properties of oil paints, he began studying at the DuCret School of Art, and at the Art Students League in New York City. Early on, he knew he had embarked upon a lifelong career, as professors and art collectors encouraged him to continue his studies abroad, and so he spent nearly a decade in Europe. In Paris, he studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and the Paris American Academy. Wanting to better understand the techniques of the Great Masters, he found himself in the Musee D'Orsay and the Louvre copying painters from Frans Hals to Cezanne. Later in Madrid, Frank copied at the Museo de Prado, reproducing painters like Velasques and El Greco. For those years abroad, Bruckmann, made his living as an artist , selling his local landscapes or museum reproductions, and from time to time, modeling for figure classes . He participated in a number of group shows and one person exhibitions and then returned to the US. In 1990. Bruckmann was offered an artist's studio in South Norwalk, CT and discovered the very paintable CT shoreline. Through art guilds and galleries, Bruckmann made connections and began showing his work in CT and NJ and up further into New England.