Michael Bryan

“A print should have its own life, its own entity”

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The mystique of something being created on an older press, that’s the magic behind it…

Contemporary American artist, Michael Bryan’s works have been exhibited throughout the United States since the early 1980’s. His poster designs are continually commissioned by numerous organizations, corporations and special event committees; the notable list includes In-N-Out Burger, Porsche, Bentley, Harley Davidson, The Los Angeles Marathon, Atlanta Olympic Games, San Diego Chargers, Pepsi and BMW and the CBS Television Network.

A Chicago native, Michael Bryan studied at Southern Illinois University, Amonson College, Mayfair College, Art Institute and Northwood Institute. He received his graduate degree from Elgin College in Elgin, Illinois. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971 in Special Services. He continued to develop his art, showing in innumerable collections and prominent museums, including the Kentucky Derby Museum, Kentucky, and the BMW Museum, Munich, Germany.

In 2008, Michael began his aviation series. From corporate jets (Avanti) and Flying Tiger to World War II B-17 and B25 bombers, P-51 Mustangs, spitfire pilots and ME-109’s, he has brought to life, the live action of these magnificent flying machines in all of their glory.

Rue Royale is pleased to be collaborating with Michael Bryan in creating authentic hand pulled lithographs of his most recent work on aluminum panel, LUCKY LADY. Printed on a 1940’s German Dufa press, Michael hand drew the mylars and worked in tandem with master printer, Dan Woodward to deliver a dynamic 16-color process print on Rives paper.

Michael explains, “The mystique of something being created on an older press, that’s the magic behind it. It’s like having an old watch that’s not digital, it has little gears in it that clicks and stuff.“

The hand signed and numbered series of 200 is a completely separate piece, created by the artist, based on the 8 foot original by using the traditional, hands on lithography process. “To make a giclee is just not enough. I want to take it the next level. A print should have its own life, its own entity. It should have its own soul as opposed to just taking a photograph and copying it.”

For more information about Michael Bryan please visit www.michaelbryan.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Bryan about to sign a print

Michael Bryan preparing to sign a print of LUCKY LADY

Michael Bryan with Dan Woodward displaying finished print

Michael Bryan with master printer Dan Woodward

Michael Bryan signing Lucky Lady print

Michael Bryan signing a print of LUCKY LADY

Below is a selection of Michael Bryan lithographs in our shop. See the full collection >