(American, 1931 - 2017)
Charles Bragg’s works are produced with such a level of skill that he has been equated to the masters of etching such as Bosch, Goya, and Daumier and Satirists Rowlandson, Cruikshank, Daumier, Hogarth, and Nast. Bragg’s pictorial lampoons and sardonic pageants - directed at such power groups as politicians, the military, and the church, seem to portray the essence of rationality. Bragg personifies the spectrum of human frailties – from greed, to vanity, to hypocrisy, in droll, gnome-like characters, vibrantly colored and intricately etched. His sculptures of judges, sportsmen, misers, and voluptuaries, including God and Don Quixote, demonstrate tasteful caricatures with a blend of satire, irony, and raw talent.
Charles Bragg was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1931. As a young boy, he was constantly on the road with his parents, who were performers in the waning days of vaudeville. As a teenager he grew up in the Bronx, and attended the High School of Music and Art in Harlem. He was married at the age of 18 and had two children by the time he was 21. His resume includes a diverse collection of odd jobs, including time spent as a door-to-door encyclopedia salesman, a truck driver, a factory worker, and a stand-up comedian. Eventually, he moved to California and began his artistic career by painting portraits for wealthy families and giving art lessons to society matrons. Bragg went from living out of an Airstream trailer on the road to living in his own mansion in Bel Air and buying a Rolls Royce.
Bragg has held solo exhibitions around the world, from Munich, to Honolulu. He has been commissioned by Playboy magazine, won a number of awards, and in 1986 was the subject of a PBS documentary, “Charles Bragg - One of A Kind.” Bragg’s unique perspective of the human condition and humor ensures he is the constant observer, but never the innocent bystander.
American Fine Art, Inc. is pleased to be the representative for the works of this satirical master, from his entertaining sculptures of Doctors, Judges, and Lawyers to his original paintings and limited edition works including his artist series capturing the original masters such as Rembrandt, Monet and Lautrec with their artworks. In addition the Charles Bragg the gallery features the works of many other internationally acclaimed 20th century and old masters including: Rembrandt, Picasso, Miro, Warhol, Calder, Dali, Vasarely, and more. Contact one of their International Art Consultants to find out more about your favorites artists or artworks, (800) 466-82276, or (480) 990-1200.