Bruce McGaw

Professor Emeritus

Bruce McGaw-Painter.  Born 1935, Berkeley, CA. 

Painting is one of the oldest of human activities and remains vital and essential.  Its wonder is related to the challenges and difficulties of its physical limitations, its constrained format and fixed facture, always totally present, a poetry of sight. Painting taps the deepest and most considered resources of its maker. McGaw continues to paint and draw in the studio he built in 1990. He continues to teach Drawing and Painting in the SFAI School of Studio Practice.

Selected Exhibitions: 

  • Bruce McGaw Paintings, Fresno Museum of Art, Fresno, CA, 2009
  • Bruce McGaw Paintings, Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute, 2008
  • Bruce McGaw Early Paintings, John Bergruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2000
  • Bruce McGaw: A Survey of Fifty Years, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA, 2004

Selected Publications: 

  • Rapko, John. “Artists Of Invention At the Oakland Museum.” Art Week Vol. 39 # 1, Feb. 2008.
  • Cripps, Michael. “Bruce McGaw; An Artistic Force In The San Francisco Bay Area.” Lifescapes, May 2006.
  • Dalkey, Victoria. “Bright Path In Shadows.” Sacramento Bee, Dec. 19, 2004.
  • Bolden, Vanessa. Bruce McGaw; A Survey of 50 Years. John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA, December 2004.
  • Jones, Caroline. Bay Area Figurative Art 1950-1965. San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA, 1989.


  • BFA, California College Of Arts & Crafts, 1957