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rtist's Vita

Sculpture... Albert Brenner's passion was at one time just one of his many creative outlets while an art student at The New York School of Industrial Arts. Mr. Brenner became enamored with creating tiny sculptures from beeswax. "the material was easy to carry around and work on, and it only cost a few pennies."

Mr. Brenner worked in window display for major New York department stores following graduation and then, after serving as an Air Force gunner during World War II, he attended Yale Drama School of Graduate Studies as a scenic design major. Later at the University of Kansas City in Missouri, he taught scenic design, costume design and technical theater before returning to New York. There he began working in scenic design, which segued into live television for CBS and ABC, and then motion pictures.

Fail Safe marked Mr. Brenner's first full-length feature film design credit. While still working on this first film, he was hired for a second, and then a third and a fourth... Now, forty films and five Academy Award nominations later (The Sunshine Boys, The Goodbye Girl, The Turning Point, 2010, and Beaches), Albert Brenner is devoting all his energies to painting and sculpting.

Mr. Brenner's first serious sculpture was created in 1968, during the film shoot of Monte Walsh. At a powerful moment in the film, the lead character stands over his fallen horse waiting for the animal to rise. The horse and rider, which he sculpted in wax on the set, was later cast in bronze on his return to Los Angeles. Since then, Mr. Brenner has created a wide body of work, ranging from western pieces to a predominance of representational and portraiture, and has spent time living, studying, painting and sculpting in Italy.

While Mr. Brenner's sculptures are generally in bronze ultimately, using the lost wax process, he also creates pieces in both terra cotta and resin, giving both the artist and the collector some flexibility of choice. This choice is especially true in his commissioned portraiture.

Mr. Brenner believes that his art, as his production design, is but one of the many of his life's voices. Through the particular temperament of this voice, Mr. Brenner is striving to create an environment in which the viewer can see further than the material to discover that which struck his artistic sensibilities at the moment he observed and sculpted or painted his subject. Especially when Mr. Brenner is doing a portrait, he feels that the search for truth and beauty lies not in slavishly reproducing reality, but in interpreting that which nature provides. Mr. Brenner feels his work is in a constant evolution of philosophy, interpretation and technique, and he begins each new piece with anxious anticipation.

An associate member of the National Sculpture Society, International Sculpture Center and the California Art Club, Mr. Brenner twice won first place at the CAC Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, a Silver at the California Art Museum and the National Sculpture Society.

Mr. Brenner divides his time between Los Angeles and Pietrasanta, Italy.

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