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Bruce Rimell is a visionary artist based in Leeds-Bradford in the UK whose vibrant work springs from the alchemy of his own personal visions, sensations of archaeological or mythological prehistories, and migraine experiences since childhood. Rendered in a vivid style which as much recalls Aboriginal textures and Minoan frescoes as it does graffiti art and surrealist forms, his art occupies a space somewhere between painting, drawing and illustration, and a time somewhere between the ancestral past and the shamanic future.
The central focus of his practice is to bring those very ancient archetypes – whether Palaeolithic, Neolithic or sometimes the High Civilisations of the Bronze Age – into the modern field of experience, variously inviting or challenging the viewer to look underneath the contextual aspects of contemporary art and modern experience to view the universalities and disquieting visionary sensations common to all human cultures past and present, and which we have inherited from our ancestors.
He aims to speak to those aspects of us which operate without words – dreams, magic, psychedelic experiences, animistic songlines and other non-rational modes of experience feature strongly – whilst abstract commentaries and critical positions are abandoned in a quest to seek and express direct communion with the deepest essences of the living and sacred human being: Come and see, and look within. What will you find?
THE VOICE PROJECT click image to find out more about this exciting project by Bruce Rimell
Words, Poetry & Writings
Various essays, notes and writings on a variety of themes ranging from mythological archetypes through artistic practices to more esoteric visionary-related explorations that blur science, religion, anthropology, psychology, mythology and song. These are chronologically arranged and more will be surely added as they flow out of my brain onto the screen...
ARCHAIC VISIONS - a blog by Bruce Rimell
THE MINOAN EPIPHANY - A Bronze Age Visionary Culture Archaeological Evidence for Visionary Ritual and Altered States of Consciousness in Cretan Prehistory
This essay explores one of the central rituals of Minoan religion, that of the Minoan Epiphany, from a strongly archaeological perspective which allows the relevant artefacts to speak for themselves. An introduction to the artefacts upon which the epiphany images are found and the Epiphany Cycle leads onto a review of ritual actions such as dance and baetyl usage, in which traditional 'symbolist' interpretations are maintained. These are then challenged by viewpoints which call into question the passive assumptions behind Western religions and religious categories, in particular the depictions of altered states of consciousness, the visionary potential of dance gestures and animistic expressions implied by the images. A review of a range of Minoan seal artefacts which bear images of the Epiphany is then undertaken, where some visual conventions of the style are listed, and speculations as to the underlying perceptual realities implied by the epiphany experience, and the meaning of the Minoan Epiphany for the modern Westerner, are explored. ...............MORE