The Jersey Shore by Karl Hess: Toms River Artist is Official Sculptor for NBA Hall of Fame

Toms River Artist is Official Sculptor for NBA Hall of Fame

FiremanBrian P. Hanlon is a local artist and owner of Hanlon Studios in Toms River, NJ and is the official sculptor for the Basketball Hall of Fame.


In creating his work, Brian’s goal is to evoke feelings in those who experience his art, as well as to educate others about its subject. Much of his enjoyment comes from being able to depict subjects who have achieved greatness in their lifetimes.


Among his favorites are athletes, and he is official sculptor for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield Massachusetts. Another of his favorite subjects is firefighter, EMS, and Police sculptures, including a number of 9/11 memorials. Much of Brian’s work also decorates places of worship, with the Roman Catholic Church being one of his largest patrons.


The University of Pennsylvannia has announced that Hanlon will be commissioned for a Chuck Bednarik statue. The Bednarik statue will honor "Concrete Charlie," who played his college football at Franklin Field for the Quakers before embarking on a storied professional career at the same stadium for the Philadelphia Eagles.


The Bednarik statue is being done by Brian Hanlon of Hanlon Sculpture Studio in Toms River, N.J. With over 200 public art pieces, Brian P. Hanlon has been dubbed “New Jersey’s Sculptor”, yet many of his sculptures are not only in other states, but also other countries. In business since 1991, Brian runs Hanlon Sculpture with the help of his wife, Michele.


Many of Brian’s pieces honor those we have lost. For his Memorial to Lost Fisherman and most recently Angel in Anguish, friends and families of the victims have expressed their need to have their memorials serve as the gravesites they did not have. Brian is especially proud to use his talent as a healing tool for those who mourn the loss of loved ones taken too young, too tragically, or just too early. Hanlon’s most recent project was the Shaquille O'Neal statue at Louisiana State University.



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Comment balloon 0 commentsKarl Hess • October 27 2011 03:25PM