Artist Bruno Zupan, who with his wife Jane call Columbus their home, are donating a 40-by-47-inch landscape painting to the Columbus Public Safety Department in thanks for the fire department’s efforts to save a building that housed some of the artist’s work.
The donation and dedication of the painting will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Public Safety Building. The painting is a view through a stand of saplings on the Alabama side of the river of the Eagle & Phenix Mill and dam.
“We call Columbus home because we find it to be a stimulating, peaceful, and safe environment in which to work,” the Zupans said in a press release. “We are constantly aware of and grateful for the vigilance of the Fire Department and Police Department. Without their dedication, bravery, and skill we could not function. We hope this painting of the Eagle and Phenix Mills, on the banks of the Chattahoochee River will brighten their workplace and remind them of our appreciation.”
Zupan, a Slovinian native, is an artist of international renown, whose paintings fetch over $25,000, according to the website artbroker.com.
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Born in 1939, Zupan graduated from the Art Institute in Zagreb, Croatia. At the age of 23, he continued his education in Paris. He later left Paris for New York, where he began a series of one-man exhibitions of his work in American museums and galleries.