Bio

BIO

BACKGROUND

Chris Brunner SculptureARTIST STATEMENT
Art is life. Even at the dawn of human awareness, our distant ancestors felt the need to draw, paint and sculpt to create a record of their everyday existence. Though our world has become much more complex, we still feel that pull. We look for ways to represent our lives, and what we think about life. We know that none of us sees things the same way, yet we want to communicate our insights and we attempt to appreciate others’ viewpoints.

I also believe art transcends what we usually think of as art. So cooking, gardening, conversation, planning a trip, raising a child, etc., all can be and should be art. Regardless of career, economic position, education or locale, everyone has the potential for creativity. But we must make the choice to reach within ourselves for that spark. When you view life as art, you tap that potential to enrich yourself – to communicate your world. In the end, each new work is nothing more than a record of life at that moment.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: TURNING CHALLENGES INTO ART
Brunner holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Bethany College and a master’s of fine arts in sculpture from Wichita State University. After completing post-graduate studies in 1979, he worked for Trotter Brothers, designing and manufacturing theatrical props, puppets and stages. He then served as production supervisor at the Design Centre, overseeing the conception and fabrication of wildly diverse yet purposeful displays for trade shows, retail venues and more. A 30-foot iceberg. A 20-foot champagne bottle. The world’s largest Christmas tree. In these creations, Brunner learned to tackle difficult problems with originality and vision.

An active artist for more than 35 years, Brunner is equally adept with public art projects, private commissions or themed exhibitions. Landscape art. Modern sculpture. Environmental sculpture. His work includes a monolithic sculpture for ABC-TV’s “Extreme Home Makeover.” He also collaborated on design and production of a large-scale public art of a stone battleship, earthworks, outdoor art and interpretive exhibit on the grounds of Wichita’s Mid-America All-Indian Center, located at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers.

Brunner is married and runs with a pack of two black dogs a schipperke and a schnauzer.

COLLECTIONS

Brunner’s work appears in the following collections, among others.

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Anita Cochran
Ann Townsend
Bill and Judy Hess
Bill Jinks
Bill Yeager
Bud and Toni Gates
Charles Baker
Connie and Phil White
Denice Bruce and Randy Bradbury
Don Osborn
Elizabeth and Don King
Gary Stevenson
Dr. George and Eleanor Lucas
Georgia and Keith Stevens
Glen Cunningham and Marcus Wilkerson
Guy and Carol Glidden
Graham Ross
Helen Galloway
Herb and Kathy Crumsick

Howard Ellington
Janel Razook
Jerry Martin and Norman Warminski
Julie Sheppard
Ron and Lee Starkel
Marjory Nagel
Marni Vliet
Dr. Matt Goltl
Mike Harris
Mike McCallis
Patrick Habkirk
Randy Brown and Gene Stucky
Royce Smith
Ryan Hendricks
Scott and Carol Ochs
Steve Rasmussen
Ted Farha
Tod and Linda Ernst
Trish Higgins

BUSINESS COLLECTIONS
Botanica
CityArts
City of Wichita
Drury Hotel
Emprise Bank
Greteman Group
Harris and Co. Frame Shop
Key Construction
Martin Pringle Law
Old Town Chiropractic
Planet Hair
Range Oil Company
Wichita Center for the Arts

EXHIBITIONS

PAST EXHIBITIONS

In the Hands of Fools, 2014
The Diver Gallery

Hard Rain, 2011
Don Osborn/Chris Brunner

RockDog, 2007
One man exhibition

CityArts, 2006
Group exhibition

Center for the Arts, 2005
Featured Artist

Tipperary, 2005
One man exhibition

ArtAid 2008 Featured Artist
October 11, 2008

ArtAid, 2004-2011
Group exhibition

CityArts, 2004
Invitational Exhibition

Zoobilee, 2002-2003
Group Exhibition

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