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Vibrations: Streaming

36" x 72" x 5"
cherry, sapele, oak, cord and pigment sculpture


43" x 34" x 5"
mahogany, purpleheart, leather and copper sculpture


45" x 15" x 3"
mahogany, walnut, oak, birch, metal & pigment


65" x 32" x 4"
spalted sycamore, walnute, sapele, cord & metal sculpture


48" x 10" x 5" walnut, mahogany, fir and copper


60" x 40" x 9" cherry, mahogany, pigment and copper

Humble Gesture

45" x 8" x 5" sapele pomelle, cherry, resin & pigment


As a young boy growing up around the swampy woods outside of New Orleans, the investigation of the natural world was occupying. The variety of forms in nature especially intrigued me, becoming a valuable resource for stimulation. I was allowed the luxury of Fantasy.

Approaching the design process, I like to review my work both in the formal as well as conceptual sense. The intention is that they inform one another, with the goal being provocation of a response from both soul as well as intellect.

From a formal perspective, I don’t invent shapes as much as discover them. When these forms engage me, I appropriate and integrate them with my choice of materials, mostly woods, combining other materials whose intrinsic value fit my purpose. Often these shapes seem primitive yet comfortable, as though they come from dreams or a prior existence. Plant forms, insect shapes, and their skeletal remains intrigue me. I believe nature to be the boldest of designers.

Conceptually I am a diarist. Symbolisms and metaphors reveal my story, all of it, including the strengths and weaknesses.

I respond to life’s events that are current to me, each year changing. It is perhaps just simply the ebb and flow of existence and all that it brings to me. While at times I feel the subject matter is simply personal, I have come to realize through response to my work that these are really universal ideas.

Executing a sculpture is both exciting and frightening. As windows of opportunity open, the view is not always under my control. During the creative process, I engage both my own personal language as well as a universal dialogue that seems to guide my unconscious decisions. Integrating both form and concept, I attempt to strike a balance between the obvious and the enigmatic as exemplified in primitive or tribal works. I am inspired by the craftsmanship as represented in the way a Japanese Samauri suit of armor is assembled, the expressiveness in modern dance and the emotive possibilities in music.

As an artist, my work continues to be an exploration of fantasy, inspired by the rich cultural influences of my youth, integrating the cycles of life that have become me.

Rick Brunner was born in the mid-fifties in New Orleans, Louisiana. Introduced to woodworking by his father who was an engineer and to art by his mother through her regular investigations of a variety of media, Rick grew up to discover his own talents. His passion for creating three-dimensional objects as a boy coupled with the culturally rich influences of growing up in South Louisiana led him to explore the world of fine art. After receiving his Masters degree in sculpture at the University of Notre Dame, he returned to the South and opened a studio in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. With a trained eye for sculpture and a deep appreciation for wood, Rick also learned the craft of furniture making over the next ten years. Rick has continued to create furniture and incorporate it into his professional life since then.

Rick’s sculpture and furniture have been exhibited across the country in both regional and national level art galleries and museums for the past 35 years. His work is included in major art collections both nationally and internationally. In 1993, he moved to the rural North Shore of New Orleans and built a timber frame style studio using local trees as his material. He often refers to his studio as his “finest sculpture”. In 1997 he and his wife, an interior designer, opened Brunner Gallery in Covington, Louisiana. Their gallery has grown to become one of the most respected galleries in the region. Rick’s work is often on exhibit there which has allowed him the luxury of experimenting and expanding his art.



Born in New Orleans, LA, 1954EDUCATION University of Notre Dame: MFA in Sculpture, 1979
Louisiana State University: BFA in Sculpture/Ceramics, 1976
University of New Orleans: 1973
St. Edwards University, Austin, TX: 1972-73


Self-employed artist: 1979-present
Owner/Manager, Brunner Gallery, Covington, LA: 1997-present
Assistant Professor, School of Interior Design, Louisiana State University: 1990


New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Fine Arts Museum of the South, Mobile, AL
Louisiana State University Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, LA
Masur Museum, Monroe, LA
Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Belleair, FL
Hilton Hotels Corporate Collection, Baton Rouge, LA
Embassy Suites Hotels Corporate Collection, Philadelphia, PA
Marriot Hotels Corporate Collection, New Orleans, LA
Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA
Southeast Louisiana State University, Hammond, LA
Associated Terminals, Reserve, LA
Dow Chemical, Plaquemine, LA
Ferris & Associates, Baton Rouge, LA
Formosa Plastics, Baton Rouge, LA
Volunteer Hospital Association, Baton Rouge, LA
Slidell Cultural Center, Slidell, LA
St. George Catholic Church, Baton Rouge, LA
FARA Insurance, Mandeville, LA
St. Tammany Parish Public Collection, St. Tammany, LA


Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant: 2006
Gottlieb Foundation Grant: 2006
Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant: 2006
CERF Grant: 2006
Visual Artist Fellowship, Louisiana Division of the Arts: 1989
“Craft Challenge ’88 MEG/ARTS Grants”: 1988
Teaching Fellowship, University of Notre Dame: 1977-79
“New Talent Grant”, Louisiana Arts and Artist Guild: 1977
“Discovery Through Diversity”, Art and Architectural Design, Baltimore, MD 1988
“New Talent”, the Gallery at Workbench, New York, NY 1987