Richard Bruland was born in Lima, Peru, raised in Geneva, Switzerland and now lives in Los Angeles, California. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and graduated from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia.
A lifelong interest in music led to Bruland opening Bebop Records and Fine Art in Reseda, California in 1982. Bebop was a record store/art gallery/ performance place that became one of the best known small venues in Los Angeles during the 1980's. Performers such as Los Lobos, Lucinda Wllliams, Janes Addiction, and Beck graced its stage, while the gallery hosted early shows by artists such as Raymond Pettibon and Cameron Jamie. In 1990, Bruland closed Bebop to concentrate on his painting and spend more time with his young children. In 2007 California State University, Northridge (CSUN) established an archive on Bebop. CSUN Oviatt Library Urban Archives include the 1000+ handmade posters Bruland made for the store, as well as many documents and photos relating to the store's history.
Bruland is a painter represented in the Los Angeles Area by Lora Schlesinger Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. He is represented by B. Deemer Gallery in Louisville, Kentucky, and at Lanning Gallery in Sedona, Arizona.
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