| Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Gallery | Tubac AZ

“My artwork is historically and culturally influenced, not historically or culturally correct.” ~Brubaker

For over forty years my artwork has focused on anthropomorphic western
characters. Exploring the delicate balance between animals and humans.

Sculpture and I got together in 1971, at the ceramics department of Illinois
Wesleyan University, in Bloomington Illinois. I found clay to be an effective way to
create three-dimensional objects, giving full form to what had always been very flat
on paper. Allowing the fantastic creatures of my imagination to exist in the round.
From that time on I have worked with stoneware clay, a strong, plastic, medium, a
material that I have become very good friends with. Good friends indeed.

In 1979 the first of the pieces that would determine my life’s artistic direction came out of the studio. ANTHROPOMORPHICS, I jumped in with both feet, humans
figures with animal skulls, deer heads, coyote faces, even a Cowboy Minotaur, all
nature of strange and wonderful fantasy beings. I was creating my own mythology.
Leaning heavily on the ancient works, through all of time humans have depicted
these half man half animal characters. I took my place in a long line.
Soon after, in 1985 “Bob Dog” was born, growing out of a nickname given to
me by a hunting buddy. It’s interesting how little things can have such a profound
impact on artistic expression. The Bob Dog character has gone through a lot of
changes, even stepping away from always being a dog, but the conjoined animal/
human form continues to be a mainstay in my artwork.
Working in stoneware clay, I create one-of-a-kind original ceramic sculptures.
Occasionally, I choose a piece to reproduce as a limited edition bronze. A number of
bronze sculptures have been enlarged for outdoor installation.
Home and studio are now in Santa Fe New Mexico.

Are you interested in purchasing Brubaker’s work? Please contact Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Gallery for more information.