Bryce Speed

Two Island, oil and acrylic on panel, 16

Before coming to The University of Alabama in 2014, Mississippi native Bryce Speed taught at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Central Community College in Columbus, Nebraska. Speed’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions over the past decade. In 2017, he had a solo exhibition at the North Wall Arts Center in Oxford, UK. In 2015-16 he exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition in Edinburgh, Scotland and at the Visual Art Exchange’s Contemporary South Exhibition in Raleigh, NC during 2016. In 2014, he held a solo exhibition at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA and was part of a three-person exhibition at HERE Art Center in New York, NY, titled Suburbia: Is Anyone There? In 2006 and 2011 his work was selected for publication in New American Paintings, Southeastern and Midwestern editions. Statement: Often within my work, images of nature and imagination merge, creating an ambiguity of space where natural forms can reference both the stability and instability of identity. Forces of nature, like water, fire, and wind invade and sometimes destroy these structures. Destruction paired with the resilient forms of nature serves as a metaphor for the evolving self.