Bronze Sculpture

by Courtney Brown

Artist's Statement

What I am curious about: the natural world, technology, art history, metal working, predictive fiction, informs the visual language I use to communicate in my sculpture. I try to create forms that convey an investigation into where these subjects overlap, in conflict or in concert.

I admire the work of the Surrealists, who created a visual language for the unconscious. I borrow from primitive culture to find roots of archetypal and mythological symbols. I make predictions, to invoke future scenarios that are volatile, ripe for existential questioning.

Clay, wax and metal are used in my sculpture to build a texture and form language that captures the qualities of many other materials, captures the affects of time, captures organic, fleshy forms, as well as the beauty of decay.

As a sculptor, I am hands-on, I draw, sculpt, mold, manipulate and fabricate each piece. Casting is done commercially and any collaborations are duly noted. 3D programs and 3D printing are also utilized where they are best applied.

“Self Organization” is a mixed materials sculpture that expresses Moore's Law, blurring the lines between organic and mechanical life forms. The tentacled entity reaches for the letter “I”, insisting it has become self aware. The tentacles are bronze, on the base of a 1938 Underwood 14” carriage typewriter.  Photographs by Philip Ringler, see his work at

1989-90    Metalsmithing Program Annual Student Exhibit, Wayne State University, Detroit      

1992       University of Arkansas Ozark Women’s Conference, Fayetteville, Arkansas

1993       Gallery 111 Self-Portrait Show, Fayetteville, Arkansas

1994       Gallery 111 Fantasy/ Science Fiction Show, Fayetteville, Arkansas

1994       Whimsicals Gallery Erotic Art Show, Fayetteville, Arkansas

1995       Gallery 111 Annual Erotic Art Show

1995       Vox Anima, Fayetteville, Arkansas

1997       Art Works Foundry and Gallery Holiday Show, Berkeley, California

1998       Art Works Foundry and Gallery Moonlight Pour and Employee Exhibition

1998       Hayward Arts Council Artworks Group Show
1999       Artworks Foundry and Gallery Moonlight Pour and Employee Exhibition

2000-1     Bleu Gallery, Mendocino, California

2000-1     Articles Gallery, Mendocino, California

2000       Mendocino Art Center Main Gallery Artist-in-Residence Exhibition

2002       Theatre Artaud, San Francisco, an exhibit on the theme of “Metamorphosis”
           Based on Inkboat butoh dance group’s performance by same name

2002       Bleu Gallery, Mendocino, Women’s Art Exhibition

2003       Varnish Fine Art Grand Opening Exhibit, San Francisco, California

2003-4    Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, California, ongoing

2004      Halloween Show, Dark & Light Gallery, Fort Bragg, CA

2005      Solo Mendo Bistro restaurant exhibit, six months, Fort Bragg, CA

2005      Perfume Mendo, solo show, three months, Mendocino, CA

2005      Green Door Gallery featured artist, Fort Bragg, CA

2006-7   Varnish Art Gallery, ongoing through 2007, San Francisco, CA

2008     Created

2015     San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 2015 Sculpture Slam 1st Place

2016     Artworks Foundry Moonlight Pour and Employee Exhibition


Work Experience-Sculpture/Metal Fabrication

Artworks Foundry, Berkeley, CA                          Feb. 2015 to Dec. 2016

Sculpture Technician:
Responsibilities: Fabrication of bronze sculptures.
Tools: TIG welder, electric and pneumatic hand tools
Materials: Silicon bronze, steel, stainless steel

One Off Furniture, San Francisco, CA                 Nov. 10, 2012 through Jan. 2015

Custom Fabricator:
Responsibilities: Construction of various unique designs.
Tools: TIG and MIG welders, electric power tools, chop saw, pneumatic tools, patina tools
Materials: Mild Steel, stainless steel, bronze, brass                              

Fine Art Museums of San Francisco                  October, through Nov. 8, 2011

Temporary Mountmaker/Preparator:
Responsibilities: Preparation, installation and de-installation, for De Young and Legion of Honor art museums.
Tools: Electric power tools, drop saw, hand tools, soldering tools, hydraulic lift
Materials: Steel, brass, wood, paint, fabric

Local Group Studios, Oakland, CA                      Opened June 2012

Owner, Sculptor
My studio, where I sculpt in various media for fine art bronze and sculpture.
Tools: Electric power tools, CAD program Solidworks, Sketch Up, 123D, 3D printer, wax tools, hand tools
Materials: Plaster, wax, metal, plastic, paint, wood

Performance Structures, Inc., Oakland, CA        Oct. 2008-May. 2011

Metal Finishing Technician:
Responsibilities:  Finishing and polishing fine stainless steel sculpture by Anish Kapoor, small to monumental works.
Tools:  Electric and pneumatic power tools, custom machinery and robots, TIG welder, metal fabrication equipment
Materials:  316 stainless plate

Lightspann Illumination Design, Oakland CA     Sept. 2006-Aug. 2008

Lighting Technician:
Responsibilities:  Fabrication and finishing of fine art lighting.  Included interpreting CAD drawings, cold working glass, electrical wiring, faux finishing.
Tools: MIG, TIG welders, plasma cutter, oxy-acetylene welder, electric metalworking tools, glass finishing tools
Materials: Brass, glass, steel, mechanical parts, wiring and lamping parts, metal finishing supplies, paints, patinas

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA                2006

Temporary Preparator/Mountmaker:
Responsibilities:  Created earthquake-proof mounts for art exhibits.  Assisted in exhibition painting, object installation.
Tools:  MIG welder, oxy-acetylene and propane torches, electric power tools
Materials: Steel and other metals, acrylic, MDF, foam, paints

Dan Hemann Sculpture, Fort Bragg, CA              2005-2006

Bronze Sculpture Finishing Technician:
Responsibilities: Assembly and finishing of fine art bronze sculpture
Tools:  TIG welder, pneumatic finishing tools, electric grinders, etc.
Materials:  Cast bronze              

Morrisonn Studios/Neidhart, Fort Bragg CA         2001-2003

Metal Fabricator:                                           
Responsibilities:  Fabrication of architectural features and lighting.  Included interpreting CAD layouts, metal fabrication, manual machining, soldering, patina.
Tools:  Mill, Lathes, TIG welder, pneumatic finishing tools, electric power tools
Materials: Brass, copper, aluminum, resins, patina solutions, wood, mold making materials

Reification, San Francisco, CA                             2000

Architectural Metal Fabricator:
Responsibilities:  Fabrication of frames and other decorative architectural features, restoration.
Included layout, welding, finishing, and patination.
Tools: TIG, MIG welders, electric metal finishing equipment
Materials: Brass, steel, iron, aluminum, bronze, wood, acrylic, patina solutions, metal finishes


Artworks Foundry, Berkeley CA                           1997-2000

Metal Fabricator, Finisher, Patineur:
Responsibilities: Finished bronze castings, miniature to half-life size.
Included mold making, waxwork, patina and furnace charging.
Tools: Pneumatic metalworking tools, TIG welder, hydraulic jack, crane and rigging,
plasma cutter, arc welder, electric grinders and metal working tools
Materials: Bronze, mold making materials, wax, plaster, patina solutions


Laney College, Oakland, CA
Machine Technology  and Computer Design courses 2012

College of the Redwoods, Fort Bragg, CA           2003-2005
Major: General education, mathematics

Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA                2000-2001
Artist-in-Residence, Teaching Assistant
Nine-month residency to learn traditional lost wax casting techniques, mold making, furnace building

Wayne State University, Detroit                          1989-1991
Major: Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design