Bruce regularly adds collage and hand painted motifs to his work, and his monoprints are often produced on wood or other surfaces in addition to paper. With his aptitude for so many different mediums, Bruce uses formal and conventional artistic language to mock the art world. With an approach that is both provocative and probing, Bruce constantly seeks to challenge the traditions of art, frequently using satire to parody the inbuilt hierarchies of artistic customs.
Bruce began his studies at Glasgow School of Art and continued his training at Central Saint Martins. Over the course of his career, Bruce has won a number of prestigious awards, including the John Moores Painting Prize in 1985, the Sainsbury Award for Sculpture and the Mercedes Benz Prize for painting. By age 27, Bruce had a solo exhibition at the Tate Gallery in London before going on to teach art, most notably becoming the head of graduate painting at the Slade School of Fine Art.