Les Bruning

Apprentice working
at Les' studio

Out Of Chaos
The Sculpture of Leslie Bruning 

haos is a reference to the nature of processes that are used in the creation of sculpture. It also refers to the seeming mess in the studio during the sculpture making processes. Chaos, in traditional usage, refers to the unorganized state of primordial matter before the creation of distinct form. Bruning used the chaos of fire in metal casting, welding, and in the ceramic kiln to transform matter into sculpture. 

Although the transformation of matter is essential in the creation process, it is the artist's personal vision that directs the outcome of the chaos. It's the mix and match of figurative and abstract forms that direct the sculptor out of chaos.

-- Les Bruning

The Sculpture of Leslie Bruning 

Leslie Bruning was born in Syracuse, Kansas and was raised in Nebraska.  After studying at Graz Center in Austria, he graduated with Bachelor of Arts from Nebraska Wesleyan University. In 1970 he was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree - Sculpture from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.  Leslie also  served as Chair of the Art Area of Bellevue University, Bellevue Nebraska and is a founding member of the Market North Hot Shops Art Center, Omaha, Nebraska.  Leslie's studio and Bruning Sculpture, Inc., (a casting and fabrication studio to produce architectural detail and other artist's work) is located in the Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas, Omaha.

Bruning received his first sculpture commission in 1969 at the County-City Building, Lincoln, Nebraska and has completed over 30 commissions since that time. He has produced the Governor's Art Award for the State of Nebraska, given slide presentations at the Central Time Zone Sculpture Symposium, Lincoln, Nebraska and the 1990 International Sculpture Conference, Washington, DC, and received a Mentoring Grant from the Nebraska Art Council.  His work is  part of many permanent public as well as private collections including the MONA - Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, Nebraska.

Bruning has participated in over 100 juried and invitational shows throughout United States. Recently he participated in the Pier Walk 1998 and 1999 Shows in Chicago.

Past clients include Yoko Ono, Topher Delaney, John Himmelfarb, Katherine Ferguson, Pepsy Kettavong, Louise Bourgeois, Wilson Tile, Boys Town, and numerous architects. We have also cast sculptures by Degas, Ellie Nadelman, Louis Slobokin, to name a few.


Sculpture Casting for Artists

Bruning Sculpture can provide casting and fabrication services for artists. We use the ceramic shell cure perdue method to insure accurate detailed surfaces. We can also provide chasing and patination. We pour both silica bronze and aluminum.

Bruning Sculpture fabricates sculptures in steel, aluminum, stainless steel, and bronze. Casting and fabrication can be used together from small to monumental sizes. Bruning Sculpture can provide an understanding of material and process guided by the artist's creative intent.

Architectural Accessories in Metal

We can provide design concepts or work from architectural prints to provide high quality unique metal parts for architectural adornment. The accessories include door handles, fixtures, trim, door cladding, etc.

The parts may be cast in silica bronze or aluminum. These services allow the type of artistic statement in architectural structures that has virtually disappeared in recent decades.

Please contact us for more information.