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Bret Price

418 South Montgomery Avenue
Orange, CA 92868, U.S.A.
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Phone: 714) 744-4480     Fax: (714) 633-7737

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Artist Statement:



Since 1979, I have been building heating chambers around large pieces of steel, applying concentrated, intense heat, then manipulating the material to create a sense of softness.  When the heat is removed, these illusions of flexibility are frozen, and on one level, the sculpture becomes a documentation of those forces used in the process.  It is my intent that these sculptures communicate a sense of continuance, as if each piece is a single frame taken from a film, appearing to be at rest before moving on.


This method of making art offers a number of creative options for me as a sculptor.  The variables of heat intensity, size and shape of the raw material produce a wide range of results; from the quiet simplicity of a single pipe bend to the rhythmic complexity that emerges from folding a section of structural steel.  A degree of unpredictability is always present, which tends to tease one’s curiosity and lend energy.


Selected Exhibitions:

2009     Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, Ft. Collins, CO, “Out of Shapes:

            Stainless Steel Sculpture"

2008     Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, “Explorations in Metal”

2008     Gallery MODA, Albuquerque, NM

2008     Third Biennial Sculpture Exhibition, Chattanooga, TN

2008     Krasl Biennial Sculpture Invitational, Saint Joseph, MI

2008     “Mind Over Metal”, Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2008     “California in New York”, Hubert Gallery, New York, NY    

2008     “Art On The Streets” 10th Annual Sculpture Exhibition, Colorado Springs, CO

2007     “Art On The Streets”, 9th Annual Sculpture Exhibition, Colorado Springs, CO

2007     “In The Shadow Of The Alps”, Group Sculpture Show, St. Urban, Switzerland

2006     Dayton Art Institute, Dayton OH, “Monumental Sculptures by Bret Price”

2006     “Peace Up”, 2004, 33’ h., Promised gift to The Columbus Museum of Art,     

2006     “Sculptural States”, Los Angeles, CA, Four person Sculpture Exhibition

2006     Macon Arts, Macon, GA, “Group Sculpture Show”

Corporate & Public Commissions:

Art in Public Places Program, Brea, CA (1987, 1998, 2002)

Boone Fetter Associates, Monrovia, CA

Chapman University, Orange, CA

Clairebourne School, Pasadena, CA

Crown Equipment Corporation, New Bremen, OH

Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH

Walt Disney Productions, Burbank, CA

Griffin Related Properties, Santa Ana, CA

Heidelberg College, Tiffin, OH

Kelsey National Corporation, Los Angeles, CA

Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

The City of Newport Beach, Newport Beach, CA

Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

Ocean Reef Cultural Arts Center, Key Largo, FL

Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH

Otis Elevator Corporation, NJ

Pacific Theaters, Beverly Hills, CA

Pepsico, Purchase, NY

Planning Research Corporation, McLean, VA

Pomona College, Claremont, CA

Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

Rockwell International, Costa Mesa, CA

San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX

Scope Industries, Santa Monica, CA

Sea World, San Diego, CA

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, Los Angeles, CA

Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, OH

Toyota Corporation, Chicago, IL

Trinity University, San Antonio, TX

University of Evansville, Evansville, IN


MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA

BA, Pomona College, Claremont, CA