Robert Brun

Robert Brun

Robert Brun

Biography and Works

Born in Baltimore, MD, Robert’s interest in aviation started at an early age.  During the early years of his life he built scale and flying models of planes of the 1930s and 40s.  Recently, expanding into the Jet Age.

Graduating the Rhode Island School of Design (R.I.S.D.) in 1980 where he earned his B.F.A. in Illustration, Robert worked for advertising agencies in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  In 1986 Robert founded the Independent Pencil Company illustration studio.  In 1998 he made the transition to fine art specializing in historical aviation art.

His paintings are on permanent display at the Plum Island Aerodrome, the WASP WWII Museum in Sweetwater, TX, the American Heritage Museum and private collections throughout the country.  His painting "Hurricane Scramble" received an Award of Merit at the 2009 CAE SimuFlite "Horizons of Flight" aviation art exhibit and the ASAA Thunderbird Award in 2010. 

He is currently working with the Collings Foundation in on the “Wings of Freedom” national tour, the American Heritage Ordinance Museum.

”It is the excitement and freedom of flight along with the inherent beauty of the aircraft among the clouds that inspires my work. To be able to combine art with flying is truly the best of both worlds."


Artist's Work 1
"F-104N & XB-70 Form Up"
During a General Electric photo shoot on June 8, 1966, an F-4, F-5, T-38 and F-104 form up with the XB-70. Moments later, disaster struck.
Artist's Work 2
"Bale Out the Lost Steed"
(British Spelling)
My tribute to all the the RAF pilots who lost there fighters during the Battle of Britain
Artist's Work 3
"First Contact"
The first encounter between the allies and the Me 262 German jet fighter.
Artist's Work 4
"P-51B Banana Pass"
The Collings Foundation's Mustang "Betty Jane" on airshow display.
Artist's Work 5
"Rolling Scissors"
Aggressor Sqdn. pilot Maj. David "Bushman" Bush engaged in a Red Flag training flight with a captured MiG-21 high above Area 51.
Artist's Work 6
B-17 "Thunderbird" takes off for another mission over Germany.
Artist's Work 7
"Stearman" (a love story)
Sometimes the love of flying spills over into life.
Artist's Work 8
"T-33 Shooting Star"
This engineless T-33 sits among the weeds awaiting restoration.
Artist's Work 9
"Texan" (oil sketch)
Painted on location during an art show.
Artist's Work 10
"This Is It!"
Bombardier Ben Black drops a 500 pounder on the Japanese battle ship "Musashi" on his 21st birthday 1944.

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