Roger Bass


Mr. Bass is an enthusiastically engaged painter, concentrating on Geometric and Landscape compositions, generally in Acrylics and drawing on his 5 decades of experience as an Architect and Urban Planner. His initial art education took place in the late 60’s at the University of Rochester, NY, where he was a student of Kurt Feurerherm in the studio and Dr. Carl C.K. Hersey for Art History. Subsequently, he enrolled in the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where he obtained a Masters degree in Architecture. Starting in 1969, while still a student at Harvard, he became a draftsman on a major Boston construction project. Upon graduation in 1972 he began working in a series of Architectural offices until he founded his own Architectural practice in 1986. His private practice concentrated primarily on Institutional, Hospitality & Residential work, which has been published in numerous magazines and in anthologies such as Houses of God, Religious Architecture for a New Millennium, by Michael J. Crosbie, and Dream Homes, Greater Washington, DC by Kathryn Newell. In addition, he spent over 15 years as an instructor and Adjunct Professor teaching both undergraduate and graduate students in Design. Recently, he began putting his drawing and design experience to use in the field of painting. With guidance provided by Marcy Wheeler, a San Francisco Bay Area painter and instructor, he began exploring the use of Acrylics as means of artistic expression. He has been especially interested in exploring the textural nature and plasticity possible through the use of the various Acrylic media. His work emphasizes creating compositions using layering and juxtaposition to enhance and explore visual effects. Borrowing airbrush and frisket techniques from graphic arts he has be able to utilize a very wide range of these effects to enhance the impact of his paintings. Frequently a single painting will use extra heavy gel textured layers in conjunction with airbrushed sections to add levels of contrast and depth, such as seen in the Point Seraphine painting. The four paintings submitted for this exhibition all feature this use of texture heavy gels. Not surprisingly, his background in Architecture and Design leads to his interests in Geometric Compositions, as seen particularly in his series exploring the use of the Golden Mean Section as a compositional tool arising from his early studies of LeCorbusier’s Modulor. Of course his background as an Architect & Urban Planner is also clearly seen from his extensive City Scape and Landscape paintings, ranging from densely populated areas such as Hong Kong, Vancouver and San Francisco, to more rural locales such as Kamloops, BC, Canada or County Kerry, Ireland. His figurative work harks back to his early studies with Feuerherm concentrating heavily on Gesture and Movement Studies. The Beach Dance series, for example, attempts to capture the pure joy of a young girl dancing to the music in her head using a minimal palette of colors and capturing the movement using only the form and texture of the painted surfaces.