After developing a strong interest in typography while attending Kendall College of Art and Design in Michigan — and following a career as a graphic designer, art director and creative director — Brownsburg resident Bryce Culverhouse decided to develop a new style of art, based solely on letter forms that create images.
“I’ve combined my passion for history and visual art,” Bryce says. “I have created specific history or biography lessons that both communicate information about the subject as well as an interesting concept to visualizing the subject. Each piece is meant to be read as well as viewed for its visual value.”
So far, Bryce has limited his subject matter to portraits of famous individuals — from political figures, like former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and former President Teddy Roosevelt, to iconic figures, like Prince and Maya Angelou — by mostly restricting his palette to grayscale values on colored backgrounds. He hopes to expand his technique by exploring color palettes.
“The typography that forms each subject is usually interesting bio material and well-known quotes, or in the case of my Mount Rushmore series, presidential speeches or letters they have written,” Bryce explains. “Some of my artistic influences are Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Leroy Nieman, Peter Max and architect Frank Lloyd Wright.”
Most recently, Bryce worked with fellow Indiana Artisan DeMaris Gaunt, a maker of stained-glass mosaic mirrors, to visually portray another artform: Poetry. Titled Double Transformation #1, the typography strives to represent Gaunt’s prose and poetry, Bryce says.
Inducted into Indiana Artisan in 2019, Bryce is a past member of the Art Directors Club of Indiana and the American Advertising Federation. He displays his typography art in selected group and solo exhibitions throughout Indiana, and sells commissioned work for private collections throughout the country.
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