Texas artist to display new works


March 24, 2010 at midnight
Updated March 25, 2010 at 10:26 p.m.

Texas artist Brad Braune has always been know for his imagery of contemporary cowboys and the modern West. But his latest exhibit at the Nave Museum, which begins Friday, will show a new side of Braune's artistic ability.

"The show is an eclectic mix of everything. My career has always been tied to whimsical Western imagery but these last few years I've been teaching and traveling a lot," Braune said. "I've been to Italy several times and I started documenting my trips through painting. The show is a mix of my new work, other known pieces and some from my early career."

Born in Abilene in 1951, Braune grew up on a ranch out in the country. By 1978, after a career as an architect, he painted full time and his work was exhibited in numerous museums and galleries, according to his bio.

"Like most of us, I grew up in rural Texas and I had those firsthand experiences," he said about what drew him initially to painting Western themes. "I wanted to focus on images I had an interest in, not from a historical or nostalgic perspective, but from a contemporary view and the West as it is now."

Although that style is what he became known for, he's received positive feedback on his new pieces that focus more on painting for painting's sake, he said.

"I've been so locked into this recognizable style and image in my career, but I find myself moving more toward the pure process of painting," he said. "Just like how with a great singer, it doesn't matter what they sing, you just want to hear them sing. I realized sometimes people just want to see my paintings, and it doesn't matter what or if it's consistent with a series or particular message. Sometimes it's enough to paint for the purity of art itself."

This is the second time Braune, who is based out of San Antonio, held a show in Victoria. In addition to painting and exhibiting work, he also teaches watercolor painting at The Coppini Academy in San Antonio and at the Majestic Ranch Arts Foundation in Boerne.

The "Adios Amigo: Brad Braune Moves On" exhibit begins Friday and runs through May 9 at the Nave Museum.



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