British artist Bruce Munro is best known for large-scale light-based artworks inspired largely by his continuous study of natural light and his curiosity for shared human experiences. With a fine arts degree, early career training in the lighting design industry, and an inventive urge for reuse, his art captures his responses to literature, music, science, and the world around him. He produces both monumental temporary experiential artwork as well as intimate story pieces.
Born in London in 1959, he completed a B.A. in Fine Arts at Bristol Polytechnic in 1982. Shortly thereafter he moved to Sydney where he took up employment in design and lighting, inspired by Australia’s natural light and landscape. Returning to England in 1992, he settled in Wiltshire, where he raised four children with his wife Serena. Following his father’s death in 1999, Munro felt compelled to resume art making on a personal level.
His work has been commissioned by and displayed in special exhibitions in galleries, parks, grand estates, cathedrals, botanical gardens, and museums across the globe, including Longwood Gardens, PA; the Guggenheim Museum, NY; the Sharjah Museum of Art, UAE; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ; Desert Botanical Garden, AZ; the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, CO; Sotheby’s Beyond Limits at Chatworth; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Waddesdon Manor, the Rothschild Collection, Buckinghamshire; and Salisbury Cathedral, among others. Artworks by Munro are held in the permanent collections of museums and public art collections worldwide including the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archeology, Oxford; Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Art Museum, TN; and Texas Tech University Public Art. His installation Field of Light is currently on display at Uluru, Northern Territories in Australia through December 2020. This solo exhibition—Munro’s first in Australia—features an installation of 50,000 spheres of light, and represents the largest and most remote iteration of his artwork to date.