Brad Lorang, an artist since child hood, can create something out of nothing. His first sculpture was a bust of his father carved out of gorge sandstone at age 10. Born in the Dalles, OR in 1958, Brad spent much of his early years painting and drawing. His first commission was a mural at age 13. Brad began his professional art career in the early 70's as a graphic artist and illustrator. His schooling included the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. In 1976, he entered the world of bronze casting and sculpting. He worked in a number of West Coast foundries and through the years he perfected his skills as a Patina Artist. Patina is the chemical coloring put on metal art work. Brad's talents in sculpture became known in the mid 80's to several national companies, Quality Collectibles and Chesapeake Reproductions to name a few.
He was commissioned to do portrait busts of presidents, historic figures, sports stars, and famous singers. His art work can be found in most Presidential Libraries, The Smithsonian, The Confederate Museum, and the Flight & Space Center. Brad was also commissioned to sculpt a 7 foot replica of the Statue of Liberty for the City of Gresham and a life-size original piece featuring Lewis and Clark for the Troutdale Historic Museum. In 2003, Brad added a new skill to his many talents, the art of “steel wall sculpture”. His full color, three dimensional wall pieces depict The Gorge, Mountains and Wildlife Scenes. His biggest piece to date is 10’ x 6’. His latest commission was 60 steel fish for Shahala subdivision in Cascade Locks, OR.
Currently, Brad's work can be found at Primary Elements, Cannon Beach, OR and Lorang Fine Art in Cascade Locks, OR. Brad's collectable ornaments can be found in gift stores throughout the Columbia River Gorge.