Adrian Bradbury

Born in: 1954, Liverpool, UK

Lives in: South West Wales, UK

Media: Painting, Photography, Digital Media, Mixed media, Collage, Drawing

Describe your work in 3 words: Abstraction, exploration, imagination

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Rough Seas 3 - Giclee print 84 x 59.4 cm

"For me, it is the constant exploration of ideas and themes that drives my work. It is a fascination with making and creating images - how one organizes the various elements to work together, whether that be in a photograph or a painting."

What themes does your work involve?
My current work explores the theme of COAST, whether that be the rocks, the sea, the paths to the beach, the runoff water on the beach or the atmospheric conditions. it is about finding a way to represent this in a way that explores abstraction and simplification but conveys something of an emotional response to the things before me.
Describe your creative process.
I record things in my sketchbook; drawings, notes, photographs, even sound recordings. I work on a series of images exploring something I have observed allowing it to develop as a body of work. I will scan a drawing and then work on it using Photoshop and multilayers to explore colour and texture, I will draw into the image, colour is a very important aspect. I make Giclée prints and others will go into paintings.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I suppose it is questions - what if? what happens? why? that make me want to create. How one orders an image, the composition of the various elements such as line, shape, colour, texture, etc form the essential ingredients of what I do. Inspiration comes from painters such as Rothko, Patrick Heron, Ben Nicholson, Elsworth Kelly to name a few, but also from everything we see daily, the combination of colours on a dress, or shape of a chair, or the colour of the sky form part of my oeuvre.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
I would suggest something which alerts the mind of the viewer in some way and connects with something that they themselves have seen. it may be that they can't express that creatively or visually but the artist makes it real or provides a different point of view. It may be about colour or a sense of place, it might be about an emotion but it is the sense of shared understanding and experience that connects the artist and viewer.
What is the role of the artist today?
Art as ever is a fundamental expression of our human existence. It explores ideas and concepts that create the rich and broad expanse of understanding of who we are and where we are. It is about expression and diversity, each of us has the ability to be creative and share that with others. It, of course, can challenge and question our understanding of the world and society but equally, it can celebrate the imagination and innovation of humanity. To make, to do, to communicate.

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