Artist Spotlight: Michael Bryan


Michael Bryan originally hails from the Midwest and studied commercial art at Southern Illinois University and The Art Institute of Chicago.

During the Vietnam War, Bryan ran an advertising agency at an U.S. Army Special Services outpost on Oahu while serving as a Private First Class. After his discharge in 1971, he chipped away at his ice-encrusted car in sub-zero temps and decided to move to balmy Laguna Beach.

“My corporate projects are no less pure in quality or intent than pieces that move a patron as fine art. The only difference between a stop sign and a serigraph, is that one stands on a street corner and the other hangs in a gallery,” said Bryan.

Bryan’s portfolio includes commissioned art for BMW, Coca Cola Company, Harley Davidson, HBO, IN-N-OUT Burger, Sesame Street, The Olympics, The LA Marathon, The Mirage, Porsche, Speedo, Toshiba and many other organizations.

Recently, he signed on to create a piece for Leonardo DiCaprio’s upcoming film, The Wolf on Wall Street, a black comedy directed by Martin Scorsese. The artist is not at liberty to divulge any further details until the movie’s release, though.

Most of Bryan’s creations, specifically aviation art, are “done to size”, meaning that he grinds, drills, polishes, and rivets 8 x 10 foot pieces of aluminum sheeting. But, he’s always excited about designing more “portable” pieces for a worthy cause.

“Oh Carmen!” crafted in ceramic, measures just 17.5 x 5 inches. It is Bryan’s fourth donated piece for World Hunger Bowl since 2010, an annual fund-raising event for the hungry and homeless. Bryan chose the late Brazilian entertainer Carmen Miranda as his inspiration for this year’s bowl because “he liked her fruit hats.”

“I believe that as a society, we can be judged by how well we take care of our weakest members in times of need. My hope is that the bowl’s playful spirit will inspire people to bid generously.”

“Oh Carmen!” will be on display during October at the Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art. The World Hunger Bowl benefit dinner and silent auction will be held on November 6, 2013 at The Mozambique, 1740 S Coast Hwy in Laguna Beach.

Learn how you can get involved at

See more of Bryan’s work at

Thank you so much, Michael for your unwavering support!!!

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