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St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||January 9, 2017|
|Education||High School of Music & Art|
|Known for||sculptor, painter|
|Notable work||The Screen Goddess|
|Awards||National Society of Illustrators Gold Medal
Art Directors Guild of New York Award of Merit
Charles Bragg (1931 – January 9, 2017) was an American sculptor, painter, artist and author known best for his satirical artwork.
Bragg was born in St. Louis Missouri in 1931. His parents were Vaudeville performers, and he spent most of his young life traveling on tour with them. During his teenage years, he went to New York's High School of Music & Art in Harlem. At 18, he ran away with his high school sweetheart, fellow artist Jennie Tomao.
Before pursuing art, Bragg worked as a cow driver, a truck driver, a stand-up comedian, and a factory worker. He eventually settled in California, where he began his artistic career. He started by painting portraits of wealthy families, as well as offering lessons. He began to pursue his own creative work and experienced some success. His success came from the humor and satirical style of his work, which often portrayed flaws in American society. His political opinions are featured in his work. Bragg has referred to himself as a "devoted student of the human race" and an "observer."
Bragg's works have been showcased in museums and exhibits around the world, and he has had work commissioned by Playboy magazine. In 1986, PBS made a documentary about him called "Charles Bragg - One of a Kind." One of Bragg's lithographs, The Screen Goddess, is featured prominently in the opening scene of the 1992 Robert Altman film, The Player.
He has published and his work has been featured in books.
- Longbeard the Wizard by Charles Bragg and Sid Fleischman (Jun 1970)
- Charles Bragg: The Works! A Retrospective by Alan Bisbort, Charles Bragg and Richard B. Stolley (Oct 1999)
- Charles Bragg on the Law by Charles Bragg (Nov 1, 1984)
- Charles Bragg on Medicine by Charles Bragg (Nov 1984)
- Asylum Earth by Charles Bragg (Feb 19, 2013)
Bragg has won many awards, including the Gold Medal for the National Society of Illustrators as well as the Award of Merit from the Art Directors Guild of New York.
- Park West Mourns the Loss of Artist Charles Bragg
- "Turner Classic Movies Data Base, "Charles Bragg: One of a Kind"".
- Sterritt (editor), David (2000). Robert Altman Interviews, Conversations with Filmmakers Series. University Press of Mississippi. p. 225. ISBN 978-1578061877.
- Bragg, Charles (author), Sid Fleischman (Illustrator) (1970). Longbeard the Wizard. United States: Little Brown. p. 48. ISBN 978-0316285735.
- by Bisbort, Alan (Author) , Charles Bragg (Artist) , Richard B. Stolley (Foreword) ((October 1999)). Charles Bragg: the Complete Works. USA: Pomegranate 1999. p. 256. ISBN 978-0764910289. Check date values in:
- Bragg, Charles (1984). Charles Bragg on Law. USA: Warner Books; First Edition. p. 79. ISBN 978-0446380577.
- Bragg, Charles (1984). Charles Bragg on Medicine. USA: Warner Books. p. 79. ISBN 9780446380591.
- Bragg, Charles. Asylum Earth. USA: Journey Editions. p. 248.