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Bill Braun



BILL BRAUN Born in Long Beach, CA, 1955
Studied at University of Nevada at Reno and California College of Arts and Crafts (B.F.A, 1978)





2010-16 Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA
2009 -15 Hidell Brooks Gallery, Charlotte NC
1996-2015 Vail Village Arts, Vail CO
2003 Wood River Gallery, Ketchum ID
1996-2009 Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, Kirkland WA
1994-95 Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, Kirkland WA
1993 Louise Matzke Gallery, Mercer Island WA
1989 Mannville Gallery, Reno NV
1988 Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, Reno NV
1987 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artist's Gallery
1986 Two Illinois Center Gallery, Chicago IL
1985 J. Rosenthal Gallery, Chicago IL
Bruce Velick Gallery, San Francisco CA
1984 Heller Gallery, Berkeley CA
CCAC Graduate Center Gallery, Oakland CA


2010-15 Anniversary Group Exhibition, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA

2015 "Go Figure", Hidell Brooks, Charlotte NC

2014 "Animal in Contempory Art II", Stremmel Gallery, Reno NV
2008 10th Anniversary Group Exhibition, Hidell Brooks Gallery, Charlotte NC
2008 Korea International Art Fair/Gallery Yemac, Seoul Korea
2008 Invitation Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Shenzhen, Guangdong China
2008 “Rock, Paper, Scissors” Stremmel Gallery, Reno NV
2005 “Introductions” Stremmel Gallery, Reno NV
“It Ain't Necessarily So” Davis & Cline, Ashland OR
“Honey, I Shrunk the Art” History of the World Gallery, Camano Island WA
2004 “Art of the Violin” Bellevue Symphony, Bellevue WA
“Honey, I Shrunk the Art” History of the World Gallery, Camano Island WA
“The Art of Science” Arts Council of Snohomish County, Everett WA
“Art of the Garden” Arts Council of Snohomish County, Everett WA
2003 “Honey, I Shrunk the Art” History of the World Gallery, Camano Island, WA
2002 “Bumbershoot Biennale7: Portrait Project” Seattle WA
“Honey, I Shrunk the Art” History of the World Gallery, Camano Island, WA
2001 “Mixed Summer Group Show” Finelot Gallery, St. James, London
“Honey, I Shrunk the Art” History of the World Gallery, Camano Island, WA
“Adventures in 3-D” Pacific Science Center, Seattle (traveling exhibit)
1996 “Tromp L'Oeil and the Like” Joan Roebuck Gallery, Lafayette CA
1985 “Dallas Collects” Concorde Bank Gallery, Dallas TX
“Light and Heavy Light/Contemporary Shadow in the Visual Arts” University of CA, Davis, Bruce Velick Gallery, and Gensler Associates, San Francisco CA

Bargreen, Melinda. “Twelve area artists put their colorful variations on violins.” Seattle Times. July 26, 2004
Burnstein-Hays, Joanne. “A Concern for Process.” Artweek. January 19, 1985 p. 6 ill.
Butler, Frances. “Shadow in the Visual Arts.” American Craft. February/March 1984.
pp. 45-51 ill.
Butler, Frances. Light and Heavy Light/Contemporary Shadow in the Visual Arts. Poltroon Press. 1985
Bynum, Brad. “Scissor beats paper.” May 29, 2008.
DiRosa, Rene. Local Color: DiRosa Collection of Contemporary California Art. Chronicle Books. 1999.
Fortson, Olivia. “Don't be fooled by this oh-so-simple art.” Charlotte Observer. September 6, 2009.
Kangas, Matthew. “Artists paint and sew at the fringes.” Seattle Times, June 27, 2003.
p. H43 ill.
Laird, Wendy. “Pioneer Spirit.” Alaska Air Magazine. May 1995. pp. 54-57 ill.
Murray, Mike. “Garden art leaps beyond frogs. Everett Herald. July 2, 2004 A&E p. 27 ill.
Smith, Carlton. “Art that beguiles the eye.” Vail Trails Scene. December 20, 1996. p. 15 ill.
West, Phil. “New dimensions emerge with a trick of the eye.” Seattle Times. May 30, 1995. p. E1 ill.


Herbert S. Adler, Scarsdale NY
Paddy Dooley, Glendale, AZ
Brobeck, Phleger, and Harrison, SF, CA
Rabinow Collection, Houston, TX
Cloud Fire, Seattle, WA
Graham Gilliam, Houston, TX
Emesa Corporation, NY, NY
DiRosa Reserve, Sonoma CA
Kirkland Performance Center
SD Deacon, Bellevue, WA
Laura Westland Realty, Kirkland, WA
TianYuanfang Advertising Co., Shenzhen,
Guangdong, China
Gallery Prova, Tokyo, Japan
I.M.S. Corporation
Icon Grill, Seattle, WA
McDonald's Corporation
Mecca Trend, Kirkland, WA
Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA
Jon and Mary Shirley, Medina, WA
Walker's Jewelers

Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Reown Medical Center, Reno, NV


Braun states, "I don't like to give an artist statement because it undoes the premise of my work, trompe l'oeil painting. Literally from the French, trompe l'oeil means “trick the eye”. An artist's statement might undo the fundamental aim of convincing the viewer, at least for a moment, that what he sees are actual objects and not a painting. The basic rules of trompe l'oeil painting are that objects are rendered in real scale, and totally within a shallow painted space. This type of painting has always been a minor branch of realist painting, but with a very long history. The Athenian painters Xeuxis and Parrhasios in 5th century B.C. (as told by Pliny the Elder in his Natural History) and Roman murals of the 2nd century A.D., 16th century Dutch vanitas painting and the 19th century Philadelphia School painters, Harnett, Peto and Haberle, are examples. Today there are still trompe l'oeil painters around; I am happy to be one of them."


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