Bruce Philip Bitmead was born in Buffalo New York in the spring of 1963. He graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1983, beginning to paint in earnest that same year. He has been exhibiting his work since 1987, mostly in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and New York, with solo shows in California and London, England. Bitmead spent much of the 80’s and 90’s working as a graphic designer and illustrator in Chicago, but returned to Buffalo in 1998, to concentrate on his personal artwork. Local exhibition venues include the Albright Knox Art Gallery, the Burchfield Penney Art Center, and numerous Buffalo galleries.
Bitmead's time in his studio is a time of prayer, meditation, planning, and movement. His goal is to reveal what is happening in his interior life by pushing the paint to a certain rhythm of the soul. Bitmead uses his brushes, his fingers, and any drawing tool available to do so. Layers of paint cover layers of paint, sometimes shallow and sometimes dense. He is always reworking the surface and redefining composition. His artwork is about good and evil, life and death, Heaven and Hell. It's the incarnation of these thoughts as he brings materials together in the studio and creates new objects. His recent paintings are based on Rembrandt compositions and began as a devotional exercise; meditating on the Passion of Christ while applying paint to canvas or panel. Bitmead decided to add, not subtract paint, to create and revise the image. The music which filled his studio was, more often than not, the original recording of Jesus Christ Superstar.