For your consideration, an original circa 1970’s welded steel sculpture by the noted American artist Hobart Ray Brown, (1934 –2007) The work measures 25 ¾” x 18” x 15” and is composed of welded metal wire and other steel parts. The sculpture is signed by the artist, with additional painted notations, “Hobatron Exotica Pounds Extender”. The piece has remained in the estate of the artist, and was displayed prominently in the Hobart Brown kinetic sculpture museum and gallery in Ferndale and Eureka, CA. In excellent vintage condition. Letter of Authenticity signed by the artist’s son, Justin Brown. Hobart Brown was an American sculpture and creator of “Kinetic sculpture racing”, which was originally composed of hand-made individualized and modified bicycles (later to include other human-propelled vehicles).
Hobart Ray Brown, (American, 1934 –2007) Medium: sculpture composed of welded metal wire Title: “Hobatron Exotica Pounds Extender” Dimensions: 25 ¾” x 18” x 15” Creation: 1970’s Signed: Hobart (signed in white off, or white paint) Condition: Excellent vintage condition with no loss of metal, some minor rust. Provenance: From the estate of Hobart Brown. Notations: “Hobatron Exotica Pounds Extender” “Hobart 2K/ Rack = 5lbs.” “60 LB Limit” “Air Flight”
Hobart Brown, bio. After a stint as an airplane mechanic with the U.S. Army in Cambrai - Fritsh Kaserne Darmstadt, Germany, and time spent running hot rods with his friends on local empty roads, he decided in 1962 to become an artist and moved to Humboldt County, California. Arriving in 1962 with his wife and two sons, he immediately opened the first of several Hobart Galleries; the first in Eureka, California, others in Trinidad and finally Ferndale, California. Face of War by Hobart Brown is the model for a proposed Australian War Memorial.
Over the years, the Hobart Galleries has represented more than 150 local artists - launching several careers and providing much needed exposure to younger artists by adding them to an established stable of better-known names.
A few of Hobart's many exhibits have included: White House and Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Ronald Reagan Museum, BC Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA; LA City Museum; Palm Springs Museum; Leeuwin Estates, Australia; and the Oscar Meyer Museum.
Hobart's collectors include President Ronald Reagan, Johnny Carson, Congressman Don Clausen, LA City Museum, U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, Riverboat Casino Las Vegas, California Department of Transportation, the College of the Redwoods and more than 500 individuals and companies. Over the years, Hobart received many awards including listings in Who's Who Worldwide, being made an honorary Rotarian and annual proclamations from both the Eureka and Arcata City Councils.
* Television - ABC, CBS, CNN, Disney, NBC Today Show, Nickelodeon, Weird Houses and Weird Wheels, Game Show Network, and more.
* Movies - "It will Have Blinking Eyes" an award-winning documentary about the Kinetic Sculpture Race by China Blue films shown at the Sundance Film Festival.
* Print - National Geographic World, Popular Mechanics, San Francisco Chronicle, Smithsonian Magazine, The Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times, The Age, Perth Australia Time, Times-Standard, Arcata Eye, North Coast Journal, Humboldt Independent and The Eureka Reporter.
* Radio - broadcaster for six years and many interviews since.
* Publications “Kinetic Sculpture Racing, A Complete Guide”: Founder Hobart Brown Tells All - a guide to Kinetic Sculpture Racing and its underlying philosophy. ISBN 1-879312-07-7
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