Bruce Rimell is a visionary artist, illustrator, poet and researcher whose various wanderings across the planet have brought him to the twin cities of Leeds-Bradford in northern England, where he lives with his partner Chris, very much in love. He was born and raised in the county of Wiltshire, a landscape of sustained megalithic magic, and he has retained that sense of animism and mythical wonder that we all experience as children. For as long as he can remember, he has suffered with migraines with a profoundly visionary nature and this mixture of neurology with a profound sense of the ancestral and mythical implied by such experiences has long nurtured in him a drive to explore the origins of both humanity and the universe.
To that end, he studied astrophysics at the University of Birmingham, before living in Japan for two years as a way to remove himself wholly from Western-influenced life, but his life's calling quickly turned to mythology, archaeology and palaeoanthropology, as well as psychedelic experiences with plant teachers, all of which have become infused in his unique and vivid visual forms. Later, he became drawn to quantum physics and evolutionary psychology, and is convinced that Darwinism remains a powerful tool for human self-knowledge, particularly when combined with a lively sense of the sacred perceived independently of any religious form. He spent ten years honing his artistic voice before turning professional in 2007.
Since then, Bruce has exhibited all over the world in a diverse range of venues from more formal gallery spaces to churches, wellness centres, universities and even occasionally festivals, and has continuously been honing his unique aesthetic and vision, which seeks to bring the very ancient into the field of modern experience and to re-envision archaic lifeways into an urban setting. He seeks to make sacred again the image of the human being unfettered by original sin or the sorrows of the mundane world. He remains convinced that the ancient world has many things to teach us on how to be human, but he is also a progressive thinker profoundly committed to effecting positive change in the twenty-first century.
His global artistic profile is currently rising, having joined the Dreams & Divinities roster of artists in various exhibition tours across the world (Spain/France, Mexico and the USA), and in 2015 he was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts in the UK, as well as the Archetypal Expressionism group who seek a third way of artistic expression between and beyond the customary dynamics of the figurative and the abstract. He is also an independent researcher, with a specialism in Palaeolithic and Neolithic visionary artforms and contemporary indigenous myth systems and beliefs. Previous research projects have included an exploration of the Eleusinian Mysteries and the Minoan Epiphany, and he keeps a detailed blog called Archaic Visions. He is also the originator of an emerging philosophy entitled Visionary Humanism.
Bruce and his partner Chris atop Mt Kolekto on the south coast of Crete