Who is Paul Bracq?
MASTER COACH BUILDER, SCULPTOR, PAINTER
From BORDEAUX, FRANCE
|13 DEC, 1933||Born in Bordeaux, France.|
|1950 - 1953||Boulle School of
First Prize, competition for Sculpture in wood.
|1953||"Chambre Syndicale de la Carrosserie",coachbuilders association. Full size drawings.|
|1953 - 1954||Assistant to designer
The Pegaso coupé publicity show vehicle.
Presidential limousine project - Citroën.
|1954 - 1957||Military Service in
Germany, aerial division.|
Fatalistic encounter with Daimler-Benz.
|1957 - 1967||Chief of advanced
design studios at Mercedes-Benz
in Sindelfingen, Germany.
Participation in the design of the Mercedes 230 SL Pagode, 220 S Coupé, 250, 600, 220 D.
Design Research on coachbuilders "Wankel motor" projects.
Illustrations for Mercedes catalogues and several coachbuilders patents.
|1967 - 1970||Return to France to
work at Brissonau & Lotz.|
Participation in the creation of the TGV for the French Railway Company.
Design prototype BMW based on 1600 T.I.
Design study for a coupé based on the SIMCA 1100.
|1970 - 1974||Appointed Director at BMW
in Munich, Germany.|
Design Direction of the 520 - 2002 Turbo - 320 - Coupé 630 - 7 Series - 2 BMW Turbo concept cars as well as many projects for Coupés and Sedans 12 cylinders which were pre-empted by the oil crisis.
The BMW Turbo prototype was elected as The Concept-Car Of The Year 1973 by the "Revue Automobile Suisse" and in 1992, won in the same category "Bagatelle Concours d'Elegance".
|1974 - 1996||Returned to France -
Chief of interior design at Peugeot for the 305, 505, 205, 405, 106,
406 and 206.|
Personal transport for the Pope.
Interiors of Concept-cars such as Quasar, Proxima and Oxia.
Many international conferences on the subject of the art of coachbuilding in France, Finland, Germany, Austria, Italy and in the U.S.A.
Member of the Automotive Fine Art Society (A.F.A.S.)
|AUG, 1989||First prize in oil
painting at the A.F.A.S. concourse (Concors
d'Elegance) in Pebble
Was honored "Chevalier National de l'ordre de mérite", affirmation of cultural standing.
|Spring 1991 - Present||Introduced on a
Japanese automotive magazine called "SUPER Car Graphic" as the
most succeed automotive artist.|
Re-introduced in Europe by the millenium special issue of an Italian famous authoritative magazine for automotive design called "Auto & Design".
Paul is vigorously continuing his art works for numerous collectors around the world.
Paul Bracq's prolific carreer as illustrator, painter and sculptor has continued for good 41 years!
2 caracters are : the meticulous illustrator and the abstract painter.
Through hundreds of works, he has expressed his passion as well as his culture in the world of automobiles.
His exhibitions are world reknown : New York, Dallas, Pebble Beach, Reno, Helsinki, Torino, München, Stuttgart, Molsheim, Wiesbaden and Paris.
For 15 years he served as an expert and a Judge at automotive concours such as Pebble Beach, Bagatelle, Monte Carlo and Bruxelles.
He has most recently redrawn the plans for the Bugatti Royale Esders 1932, the Atlantic 1938 and the Horch 1838 using only black and white photographs taken in the 1930s.