Tim Bruckner Re-Opens Shop With Rare Pieces from his Archive
Acclaimed sculptor Tim Bruckner is the man behind some of the most iconic and dynamic collectibles in the world, including action figures, busts, and statues for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Star Trek, wrestling and more. Many of his older sculptures go for high values on the secondary market, if they can be found at all. Now, Tim is opening up his archive to offer some of those older pieces to collectors.
Over on his blog, timbrucknershop.blogspot.com, Tim has begun with two classic items, the Silver Age Bizarro Bust and the DC Dynamics Joker Statue. The Silver Age series depicted classic DC characters in their most iconic looks, and his Bizarro is a particularly distinctive character. The seminal DC Dynamics line put Bruckner’s mastery of the form on full display, capturing DC’s greatest heroes (and the Joker) in fluid movement.
Interested parties can contact the Tim Bruckner Shop at firstname.lastname@example.org, and come back to the blog for more offerings in the future. New pieces will be announced on the TBS Facebook page, as well as on Tim’s personal page. All items can be signed on request.
About Tim Bruckner:
Tim Bruckner’s earliest memory of sculpting was when he was seven. He sculpted little heads of the Seven Dwarves out of wax tubes a disgustingly sweet liquid candy was packaged in. From the very beginning, he was a wax sculptor. He uses a different kind of wax now and stays away from sweets, for the most part. He started working professionally at 18 as a jeweler’s apprentice/wax carver. He sculpted several hundred wildlife waxes that became rings, pendants, broaches and belt buckles. It was the single most valuable experience of his professional life. In those two years, he learned the foundation of his art that would sustain him for over forty years.
After leaving the jewelry racket, he found a very patient and sympathetic agent and started working as a freelancer. His first free lance job was for Max Factor, sculpting a menagerie of fanciful animals and decorative objects. From there he sculpted two alligator suits for the movies Joe Panther and Alligator. He did a handful of album covers for various artists; Ray Charles, Ringo Starr, The Average White Band, George Clinton and Parliament and a dust jacket for Cat Stevens. He stepped away from sculpting for awhile to pursue a music career. When common sense returned in the form, shape and substance of his amazing wife, Mary, he went back to sculpture with a vengeance.
A partial client list (partial because he can’t remember all the crap he made and for whom he made it.) includes: DC Direct, Mattel, Kenner, Hasbro, Toy Biz, Bowen Designs, Sideshow, Gentle Giant, Electric Tiki, Reel Arts, Enesco, Dakin, The Hamilton Group, Hallmark, Applause, American Greetings, Department 56, Ashton Drake, Franklin Mint, Geometric, Graham Nash, Harry Nilsson and the Danbury Mint. He was under contract to DC Direct for awhile and worked almost exclusively for them for almost a dozen years. One of his most gratifying professional experiences was designing and sculpting the DC Dynamics line based on the art of J. C. Leyendecker.
Recently he’s been busy designing and sculpting resin kits. His Ode to Joy kit, a bust of Beethoven caught mid- chuckle, will be among the featured images of the great man in a book published this year by Bildersammlung Museum Beethoven-Haus, Bonn, Germany.
For the past 26 years he and his wife, their two kids and three dogs have lived and thrived on a 40-acre hobby farm outside a small town in western Wisconsin.