106 South Monroe Ave
Loveland, CO 80537-6433
Working in cast bronze, stainless
steel and resin, sculptor, Larry Braun has focused most of his artwork over the
past three decades on subjects from the world of auto sports. In his sculpture,
he blends his enthusiasm for fast, beautiful, significant automobiles with his
sensitivity for the human figure and his interest in interpreting mans
intimate relationship with technology. His style is best described as a
blending of realism and impressionism; combining precisely rendered mechanical
elements with fluid and dynamic organic forms.
Raised near Denver, Colorado Larry credits his parents, architect, Robert Braun and Helen, with cultivating an early appreciation of the arts and inspiring a healthy respect for hard work, craftsman-ship and aesthetics. He trained as a sculptor through two years of art study at Colorado State University and apprenticeships in Florida and Colorado.In 1972 he established his own studio in the burgeoning arts community of Loveland, Colorado and began working in earnest on his own sculpture. During this early period, Larry worked primarily with wildlife subjects, but, his interest in sports and racing cars led him to acquire a rare Glöckler-Porsche racer. Research into this car and early Porsche history led eventually to his first auto sport inspired piece, Trackside Diagnosis, in 1978. Soon, the majority of Brauns professional efforts were dedicated to sculpture based on auto sports subjects. In 1985, Larry became a charter member of the Automotive Fine Arts Society and, today, serves on the organizations Board of Directors.
He continues to produce his sculpture in Loveland where his studio and gallery occupy a century old, historic, property that once served as the public hospital. Loveland is widely recognized for its artists, art foundries and public sculpture. Committed to giving back to his community, Larry is an active member on the Board of Directors of the Loveland High Plains Arts Council, which stages Sculpture In The Park each August, the largest juried outdoor sculpture show in the United States.
Brauns designs have earned him numerous, prestigious awards including: the AFAS Peter Helck Award, the Meadow Brook Raymond E. Holland Award, and the Society of Animal Artists Award of Merit. Braun sculptures are included in many private, public and corporate collections including: Benson Sculpture Garden (Loveland, Colorado), the Blackhawk Museum, (Danville, California), DaimlerChrysler Services AG (Berlin, Germany), Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing (Ocala Florida), the Keller Collection at the Pyramids (Petaluma, California), the Matsuda Collection (Hakone, Japan), Mercedes-Benz USA LLC, (Montvale, New Jersey), Mercedes-Benz Dealerships across the USA, the NHRA Museum (Pomona, California), and Porsche AG (Stuttgart, Germany).