Classically-trained Master Sculptor Brian Hanlon first rose to national recognition in the early 1990's with the installation of "Olympian.” In the decades since that pivotal work, Hanlon has become one of the most prominent contemporary realism artists of his generation with more than 300 permanent installations. His work is viewed by millions each year and has created countless 21st Century trending viral moments.
Hanlon takes a celebratory approach to each commission. The artist’s goal is to inspire, awe and memorialize. With both obvious and introspective hand-crafted detail rarely found in mixed media work, passionately honors icons, legends, and moments of significance (national Hanlon and personal). His proprietary mix of metals to create a dramatic “living” bronze patina is the artist’s hallmark.
From the joyful "Welcome to Ocean County" multi-media plaza installation to the respectful Charles Barkley and Evander Holyfield bronze and granite sculptures, Hanlon’s work prompts the viewer's mind to contemplate what has been and dream of what’s possible… and what’s next.
His commissions translate seamlessly across all genres from liturgical to civic, public, and athletics because of his desire to learn and create thought-provoking, meaningful works of art.
Hanlon has been commissioned by private foundations, individuals, alumni associations, universities, state and city art initiatives, religious institutions, as well as the National Football Association, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League.
He is also the official Master Sculptor for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.