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Charles Lynn Bragg

Wonders of the Sea stamps, 72dpi

Wonders of the Sea, 1994 USPS Commemorative Stamp

The art of Charles Lynn Bragg has been seen by millions of people.  You might have seen his environmental images in art galleries, on magazine covers, jigsaw puzzles or postage stamps.

Charles Lynn Bragg was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1952.  His artist parents, Charles Bragg and Jennie Tomao moved young Charles (Chick) and younger sister Georgia to Los Angeles in 1956 to establish a professional art studio in Beverly Hills.  As teenagers, his parents took the family to galleries and museums in Los Angeles, New York and Europe.  Art and Art History unfolded naturally and on purpose for Chick.  His higher education and formal training began at L.A City College, followed by Pierce Jr College, UCLA Extension, The California Institute of the Arts, Otis Art Institute Extension, California State University Fullerton and El Camino College.

In the 1970s and early 1980s, Bragg began his career as a printer and print maker.  His artist father taught Chick and Georgia how to print limited edition etchings and how to make their own editions.  Bragg’s studies and work produced in this decade include life drawing, anatomy, etching, serigraphy, lithography, painting, photography and ceramics.

City-Limits

City Limits, acrylic on canvas

In 1986, Chick started a painting of a woman standing in a tropical jungle, surrounded by menacing forest animals.  Frustrated and unhappy with several attempts at painting a convincing or compelling figure, Bragg painted it out and filled the scene instead with dozens of animals, birds and insects hidden about in the lush jungle foliage.  He added a cityscape, complete with skyscrapers and a nuclear power plant in the background.  Lastly, Chick painted a bulldozer bearing down on all animal and plant life.  The title of the work naturally popped into his head, “City Limits”.

Leopard

Leopard, acrylic on canvas

The environmental theme and artistic style of “City Limits” struck a chord with Bragg and the public.  A vegetarian since the age of 18, it encapsulated Chick’s concern for the environment and for the welfare of all animal life.  Depicting and conserving the Earth’s ecosystems became his purpose in art and in life.  He took his camera from the mountain tops to coral reefs throughout the world to photograph the ordinary and the extraordinary to combine the images into animated composition of places, things and animals.  He became involved with environmental movements and animal rights issues.

In the late 1980s, he began licensing his images worldwide on jigsaw puzzles, posters, tee shirts, calendars, collector plates, watches and other items.  In 1994, Bragg was commissioned by the U.S. Postal Service to design four commemorative stamps “Wonders of the Sea”.  Also that year, Turner Publishing, Inc. produced the book Wild Lives: The Animal Kingdom of Charles Lynn Bragg, showcasing Bragg’s realistic, yet whimsical animals in their natural and not-so-natural habitats.  In 1989, his work was introduced to Japan and Bragg’s conservation themes quickly developed an enthusiastic following and booming popularity.  From 1990 until 2003, Bragg exhibited his work exclusively in Japan, having more than forty one-man shows in over twenty cities there.

Ego

Ego, soapstone

In 2003, Bragg turned his attention back to the human figure and for the first time began to seriously explore a latent desire to sculpt.  With no training as of yet, Chick began carving stone and produced his first sculpture in stone, “Ego”.  A class in bronze casting at Otis, Los Angeles and a 6 week stone carving program in Pietra Santa, Italy amplified his interests in sculpting.  Chick enrolled as a full time sculpture student at the California State University, Long Beach in 2005 and received his BFA in Sculpture in 2009.

Doctor and Earth (after Rockwell)

Vital Signs, after Rockwell, oil on canvas

Inspired by his studies of art history at CSULB, Bragg began a series of paintings titled “Earth Icons”.  Each work is based on a famous or an infamous artist or work of art throughout art history, such as Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”, Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory” and Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”.  Bragg remakes the original works and gives them his 21st century global spin.  Each chosen image is studied and copied to be as close to the original as possible, but Bragg adds something new, slightly askew and close to his heart.  His latest in this series is based on Norman Rockwell’s 1929 illustration “Doctor and Doll”.  In Bragg’s version, the young girl presents our precious Earth instead of her doll to her trusted Doctor.  The good Doctor humors her as he checks the Earth’s vital signs.

Circle-of-Friends

Circle of Friends, acrylic & pastels on paper

Currently in 2016, Bragg has a passion to go big.  He would like to take work developed in his studio and scale them up into monumental murals, sculptures and installations in public arenas.  Even though his work has literally been seen by millions of people for over four decades, Chick wants to reach millions more.  “As an artist and a person, it is my goal to treat people, animals and the environment with compassion, dignity and respect, and inspire others to do the same”.

© Charles Lynn Bragg   Manhattan Beach, CA   310-802-0187   ragingartman@yahoo.com

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  1. Lionel Herrera

    Dear Charles:
    We love your original African watering hole painting. We are a Pediatric office and we want the rights to use it as a mural in our office.

    Please let me know it that is possible.
    Regards,
    Dr. Lionel Herrera

  2. Daniella Park

    Charles! I am your cousin, Daniella Park. I didn’t know Bobby Bragg was my dad until a few years back. I am an artist as well and had your painting on my wall as a kid! Just amazing how close I have been to you without knowing we were related. So many other bizarre stories of artwork turning up in my life from the entire family. Can I please meet you, I want to know who my family is and show you some of my art? I am writing a book, “Vaudeville”! Hope to hear from you. Daniella (818) 271-1600.

  3. Joe schuster

    Hi Chick, I found your page because you liked a bunch of my photos on Instagram. It’s coincidental because I actually knew your dad. I knew him from working at Dyansen gallery and from working with the foundry to produce one of his bronze sculptures. I also lived right down the street from him on Maple Drive. I remember how much he loved his Doberman too. He was very clever and talented and he was always very gracious to me. My condolences to you and your family for your loss. Best wishes

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      Charles Lynn Bragg

      Thank you Joe. My dad was funny and brilliant all the time and was a great father. I am so lucky to be his son. I am an artist because he was an artist.

  4. Josie Myrvang

    My husband was given an original signed lithograph that your Dad did of a golfer (wearing a blue sweater) hitting a shot at Riviera with the clubhouse in the background. I can’t find any information on it. We live in the Caribbean and I’m afraid if we hang on to it, it will get destroyed in this environment. I am wondering about an aftermarket on his work. I’m not sure what year it was done, as it hung in the entry at their house for as long as we can remember. I’m sorry that your Dad has passed on…….. It seems as though his talent was passed down and his legacy will live on.

  5. Yohei Matsumoto Matchan

    Hello chick . I sow your pictures. I gat good feeling. I retired surfing. But I have a G-Land memory now on. One day I want to see you again.

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      Charles Lynn Bragg

      Hello Matchan, I am retired from surfing too. My G-Land memories are strong and make me happy. Maybe we will meet again someday. I still live in Manhattan Beach.

  6. Sonny Lipps

    Hey Chick, it was great to meet and chat with you yesterday at SBC SOLA Fresh closing reception. I just read your bio and looked at a little more of your work. You’re the real deal! Hope to see you again at some point. Sincerely, Sonny Lipps.

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      Charles Lynn Bragg

      Really good to meet you too, Sonny. I will check out your website today. I really liked the two paintings that you had at the show and your explanation of them. Usually, from my experience, an explanation from the artist about what I am looking at is distracting from my own “take” on the work. You enhanced my appreciation of your paintings and your process. I would be happy to show you how to get going with oil paint.

  7. Damien Dziepak

    Greetings. I was unable to find the first site I searched that spoke specifically to Last Oasis. I just acquired a piece that is signed by you and beautifully framed but it measures larger than the other works cited in prior site. It appears to be about 24×36 under the double matting. It is signed by you lower left, Last Oasis title in center bottom and on the lower right corner it is numbered V/XXX. I have not seen a reference to this numbering format and wondered if you were able to enlighten me on the differences in numbering systems for your works. Thanks. Damien, Palm Springs, CA.

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      Charles Lynn Bragg

      Hello Damien, The original painting of “Last Oasis” was printed as an off-set lithograph on paper, limited edition of 425, 45 A/P (artist proofs) and 30 (XXX) Roman Numerals. The image size is 30″high by 25″wide, plus borders and printed and published in 1990. I hope that answers your concerns. Thank you, Chick

  8. Norma Jean Hall

    Aloha i1 have a Cheyenne Scout litho and I love it dearly. please tell me the meaning of this. I know there is a story on his arm I was told by the man who sold it to me in Kahn Galleries warehouse in 1985. my Mother–law was Apache and my Father -in -law was Cherokee so your painting means a lot to me. mahalo for your time. Sincerely Norma Jean Hall

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      Charles Lynn Bragg

      Aloha Norma Jean Hall. “Cheyenne Scout” is an etching, which is quite a bit different from a litho. My etching was printed by hand, one at a time, by me. Each print takes about ten minutes to complete and then it needs to dry for a day or two. “Cheyenne Scout” was created in 1980. A dear friend of mine had a beautiful photograph of this very handsome, noble native American with the inscription of “Cheyenne” and “Scout”, in so many words and I knew I wanted to draw him. As I drew, I thought about what it meant to be a scout, a protector of his precious people. So,cradled in his arms are his people, his community. Behind him in the sky is the silhouette of a Bison, a scout on horseback and a “peace pipe” with a setting sun. I am sure the real story behind the photo that I was inspired by is much more meaningful, powerful, soulful and deep than my account. I am glad that my image means a lot to you. Thank you so much. Mahalo, Chick

  9. Sherry Davis

    I have a very large poster of ‘Waters Edge’ that says from The Nature Company with your name at the bottom and I just wondered if you could maybe tell me more about it? It’s on like cardboard. I’ve never seen anything like it! It’s amazing.

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      Charles Lynn Bragg

      Thank you Shedevil216. I made that painting in 1987, acrylic on canvas, about 40″h x 30″w. It was printed with the Nature Company graphics in 1987, with multiple printing after that as well. I condensed all the animals and fish of the world’s oceans with the encroaching human industries looming large in the background to emphasize the importance of conservation. It was printed on really nice stock paper but I don’t know anything about the cardboard nature of your print. Thanks for being a fan. Chick Bragg

  10. Jan Berliner

    Hi chick: I Was researching your mom’s name and found this Glorious pictorial of your smiling face traveling the world creating.
    Such good feelings it inspired. Memories of my brief time in the “business”. Still have Cultured Cat and Kitten in the Window In my bedroom. So you are always in my life..a little bit.

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      Charles Lynn Bragg

      Hi Jan, Thanks for reaching out. The art world sure has changed in the last ten years. I don’t recognize the market at all and I am just floating in it getting by. I am almost finished with dozens of political caricatures that are going to be published in a book that will come out this winter sometime. You can see almost all of those on my Instagram account @chickbragg. Good luck to you and to us all.
      In love and art,
      Chick

  11. Leslie

    Hello,
    Just purging the family basement and my Dad,90, and I, are doing Animal Magnetism, one of your puzzles we gave him decades ago. Great fun, great picture, amazing work. Thank you,
    L.E. Davis
    I do hope you create installations, and that they travel. They would be wonderful to see.

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      Charles Lynn Bragg

      Thank you so much for contacting me with that delightful story and encouraging words. I hope I am still making art if and when I make it to 90.

  12. Marianne Brown

    Hello Chick,

    I just came upon and bought “Waiting”, a pen and ink drawing of a woman from 1987.

    She is quite lovely and I am just thrilled – thank you for sharing your work and talent.

    May I ask, do you remember the piece and if so – are you able to share anything with me about her?

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      Charles Lynn Bragg

      Hello Marianne, If you could send me a .jpg of the drawing, I might be able to fill in some details about it. During the 1970s, 80s and 90s I went to a live model drawing group every week or two just to draw from live, mostly nude, models. Drawing from a live model is like a very intense mental meditation. I think it is one of the hardest things to do successfully as an artist. I made thousands of drawings and sometimes I would just look at the drawing and think of the best title for it based on the drawing alone. Those drawing sessions were valuable learning experiences. Plus, I must have seen a few hundred naked people over the years, which is interesting in its own right. I look forward to seeing “Waiting”. Thanks and Aloha, Chick

  13. Suzanne Lewis

    Mr. Bragg,

    I have come in contact with a plate of yours but cannot find it anywhere on any site. The plate is The Hamilton Collection presents Tales of Tavarua from Under The Sea plate collection by Charles Lynn Bragg. The plate number is 3442 C. 1993 HC. How can I find out more information on this plate? Please let me know.

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      Charles Lynn Bragg

      Hello Suzanne,
      Yes, I had a series of underwater images produced in limited edition on plates by The Hamilton Collection. Usually, there is an information sheet included with the plate inside the packaging. What kind of information are you looking for? I assume you have already looked at the Hamilton website. I wouldn’t know where else to direct you but I can probably answer some of your questions.

  14. Leslie Granat

    I am so glad I finally found your website. I sent you an email earlier about a painting I have by your mother, Jennie Tomao. As the painting was just signed “Tomao” I assumed the artist was male, and could not find any artist named Tomao! Stumbling upon your website was the missing link I was seeking! Thank you, and look forward to your reply of my email.

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