The current work (2017) represents “stream of consciousness”. Since 2010, I have been combining multiple, connected images into my paintings to create singular compositions. With the more recent paintings, I have come to realize the importance of letting the image making process be more organic and “free”, allowing the paintings to exist for themselves as opposed to rigid, singularly defined personal reflections.
Brian Bundren earned his M.F.A. from the University of Memphis in 2012 and has held a full-time faculty position at Freed-Hardeman University (FHU) since 2008. Bundren teaches Painting I - IV, Drawing I - II, Renaissance Art History and supervises the Senior Practicum capstone project for studio art majors. He also supervises the installation of exhibitions at FHU's Troy Plunk Art Gallery and assists with coordinating exhibitions.
In 2014, Bundren published his first instructional book through iBooks and Apple©. "Drawing 101: An Introduction to Basic Fundamentals" is a digital textbook complete with photos and videos that demonstrate basic drawing concepts through a variety of exercises. The tutorials provided will help beginners to know where to start and aid serious art students in building their portfolios.
In 2015, Bundren developed and became the Program Coordinator for FHU's new Bachelor of Fine Arts program. This degree has put the fine arts program at FHU on par with national undergraduate standards and sets the university apart from other private, Church of Christ - based campuses by being one of only two universities east of the Mississippi River to offer this option for fine art studio majors. With a B.F.A., graduates are poised to begin careers in the fine arts with needed experience or pursue graduate level programs.