Happy Women = A Happy and Harmonious World

I have been so lucky to grow up in this era and in this part of the world. But I am far from complacent. There is still a lot to accomplish for women to become equals. Gender equality has always been very important to me.


I am a sculptor, which happens to be a very male-dominated career, but I never shrugged off a challenge. I faced impossible tasks with more tenacity than my male counterparts. Even in athletics, I competed against men and women alike for I always worked hard to be strong, fast, adaptable, creative, and able to endure. I have found that my entire life I needed these skills in order to stay at the top of my field, treated as an equal.


Some days it was pure fight—but those were the most memorable and most rewarding. I especially loved the moments when, in the company of all men, they would choose me to lead, give advice, or make the final decision. In big factory-like settings where I was the only women with 30 + men, I wanted to make a difference. I was motivated to take on any challenge and I would never allow myself a lesser task or assignment than any of my male colleagues.


With my art, I try and empathize with people through honest experiences from my own life. I often focus on empowerment of the female in my sculptures. Life is not always easy, so I capture the struggle of the journey and simultaneously show the tenacity and strength when the binds finally break. My work is about the triumph of living life to the fullest. I feel successful when my sculptures connect with another person’s soul and lifts them to a higher and more powerful place.


It bothers me when I see a woman who thinks she is weaker, who is apologetic for the space she takes up, or the way she is in the world. Equally sad to me are women who feel they must be overly loud, dress or act a certain way to be seen and heard, as if being their own real selves is not enough. I try to find a middle ground and teach young women that they need not be apologetic and stand in shadows, nor be a spectacle of sex or brazen to gain attention. What I want every young girl to know is that they each have a special mark that needs to be made, a voice that needs to be heard, and we only have this one lifetime to do it in. We need to shrug off all oppression, stand up and deliver.


If professional men and women could listen and share more with the less fortunate girls and women in our communities, it will ensure that more children will be raised happier, better adapted, with their needs met. Women are linked to the planet in a unique way and our society will grow and flourish when women can hold equal chairs and ranks around the world. The next generation needs this shift just as much as out planet does. And it is urgent. It must happen NOW.


I have been so lucky to have a daughter of my own. I admire her as she makes her own choices and increases her sense of self. She is truly a miracle to me and I am baffled and angered at why she might not have the same choices for careers or why she might be paid 40% less than a male colleague. I know my daughter will also be responsible for creating and nurturing her family. I hope she finds a partner like I have; one that gives back support in equal measure, a partner who allows time and space for her to develop into the best woman she can be, and someone who simply loves her and thinks she is amazing.


I envision a world where each woman and girl can exercise their choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an (EQUAL!) income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination (PEACEFUL!). We are all human beings first, and we need to treat each other the way we all want to be treated. Gender does have its differences in the way we go about things, and a harmonious world is one where the gender differences are appreciated and valued equally.


We need to make each parent, government officer, and educator accountable to support gender equality; equal pay, equal access, equal choices. When a man steps up to help a woman or girl find their voice, it truly gives me a sense that not all is lost; and we may get beyond this someday. But women alone cannot make it happen, and the past 20 years have shown that. We need highly-evolved men to help the females move forward to find a fairer and more peaceful world for women.


Everyone has a social and moral responsibility by empowering women and empowering all of humanity. Picture It!


My Kite by Paige Bradley - Bronze

My Kite by Paige Bradley – Bronze


New Release Announcement

Paige Bradley announces the release of Expansion Third Life, available in an edition of 40 – dimensions: 17 x 21 x 8 in. Unlike the larger version, the Third Life will be cracked the same way as the first one featured in NYC (see image above) with all works in this edition being the same.

“In many ways we keep coming back to where we started. Revisiting Expansion at a smaller size is proof of this. Even though the creativity and the Art I want to produce feels infinite (for this lifetime anyway), I believe that creating a smaller version of Expansion is a sign of my enduring vision of making work for everyone to enjoy. I believe that Art is for the whole of us: for our souls, for our healing, for us to feel a sense of connection through all boundaries and distances” ~ Paige Bradley


expansion_joshuatree(blog)Expansion voted #1 in “25 Of The Most Creative Sculptures and Statues From Around The World

The Mind Unleashed, August 2014


Comments on Expansion 2004- 2014

“I just have to say, I just saw your sculpture Expansion and it made me gasp and cry. I have never seen anything that striking in my entire life”. “A truly incandescent piece of art”. “I have never reacted like this to any piece of art before, though as I mentioned it, it did make me clearly remember what it was like to see the Pieta in person”. “I LOVE your work. Thank you so much!” “I often use the image of your profile picture with my psychotherapy patients to demonstrate the beauty in our brokenness. I have heard that it is in the broken places that the light shines through”. “This sculpture embodies what my spirit feels”. “Thank you for creating such a beautiful piece of art that single handedly represents my life process right now”. “Your piece Expansion is an amazing visual experience for all of us going through the ascension process”. “This sculpture has touched my soul. It represents the surgery, the meditation, my soul, the paradigm shift I have made in my life”. “You truly have an understanding of our connection with nature and our participation from the within to the without. Yours is very powerful work, reminding us of the necessary balance of the world”.

We invite you to contact a gallery in your area or email us at information@paigebradley.com for more information on this exciting new work.

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Looking Ahead

I am so appreciative of those that love the Expansion piece.


Expansion, Bronze and Electricity by Paige Bradley

Expansion, Bronze and Electricity by Paige Bradley

…. And I am just getting started.  So many more sculptures like this to do.  Any kind of support I get makes this all happen faster.

When someone purchases a sculpture of mine, it does not fund fancy clothes, cars, or trips, but instead gives me the ability to create more sculptures.  I want to make sure my ideas don’t die when I die– stuck inside my head.  I want to make sure my inspirations see the light, for they might inspire others to create wonderful things that this planet needs so badly.

I am grateful for all who write poems, songs, notes, and admire Expansion in their own way.  This appreciation is a wonderful currency of its own and it makes me feel successful and connected to the universe.

Additionally, it costs quite a bit of money to break bonds and tread into places yet untraveled.  It is so exciting (and emotionally needed), that I am willing to spend every dime I can to do it.  But any funding toward Expansion (or the likes thereof) will go towards spreading more light-filled inspirational sculptures around the world.  These will be tangible works of Art that people can approach, touch, and let the light fill their hearts.  Not “Art” that must demand a ticket behind a curator’s impenetrable, architecturally refined, door.  Not the “Art” for showing up the neighbor’s collection and impressing the interior designers.   I truly hope that this can be seen as pure and simple Art; Images to feed the Soul and heal our fragile connections.

In this time, it is financial support that is the fuel of progress.   And I have so many healing and uplifting ideas in my heart and mind that I yearn to see the light of day.  I am so afraid our world is becoming dark.  Celebrating my 41st birthday this month is also a reminder that I am already through half my life and I have no time to waste.  I can no longer worry about being “timely” or “politically correct” or “classy”.  I am here now, and I am willing and able to give all I can.  I might not be able to say that in a few more decades.

Creating images to help others feel more understood and connected is not a job for an apathetic heart.  And one person cannot create great works of art in a vacuum.  It takes the support of many. I pay homage to everyone who has ever written me a note of thanks, reposted an image, purchased a sculpture, pinned up a print on the wall, or told someone else about the work.  All of this adds to more energy for me to create more.  And I honor the trust.  And I will create with honesty and truth.  I will not let you down.

If you would like to get in touch, please email leo@paigebradley.com

Thank you.


Poems inspired by Expansion

Inhale God…Exhale Self
by Wendy Smale

Negative thoughts and energies poison the mind,
letting go of emotional baggage takes practice and time.

Breathe in deeply feel the warmth of a thousand suns,
find the silence, you will hear it when it comes.

Allow yourself to go home to your unique and true self,
at peace with the soul, happiness and good health.

Feed a starved spirit with hope, love, wonder and peace,
witness the glow of your aura rapidly increase.

Expel your radiant light out into the world,
for it will die in the dark and needs to be unfurled.

There is an endless supply, don’t leave it on a shelf,
and you will always be replenished when you Inhale God…and Exhale Self.


The Dam Cannot Hold
by Amelia Torres

Here I sit
broken in the sunlight
My scars illumined
from the inside out

Bandages once invisible
hold together
fragile skin, bones, and breath

My light is showing

A bumble bee bumbles overhead
Scanning me
My scars shiver
revealing where they are hidden
Can he sense my shadows
quivering deep beneath
my ragged walls?

I crumple

liquid fear
seeping out
warmed by the sun

The bumbling bloke
bounces into the window
sending shockwaves skipping
across the glass trampoline
or giddy in his own delight
he shoots off
and I remain

Light pools beneath my aching fractures
enflaming the cracks
searing the transparent tape
This dry dam cannot hold

What happens when the light breaks free?
Where will all my pieces go?



Amelia Isabel Torres
Master’s Student
Psychology / Creativity Studies

Thank you Amelia! – Paige



Threading the Needle…

In London, there is the famous Threadneedle Prize. It is Europe’s answer to supporting the void in figurative art.  Oh Good! Our prayers have been answered!!!

threadneedle -whiteWait—not so fast. The Threadneedle is an open call to all artists working around the theme: “Figurative Art Today”. It is up to these jurors to be the champion for artistic “talent” based around the figure, and integrate it into the contemporary art world. They have to sift through thousands of applicants and pick only a small percentage of Art for the show. But unlike the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy, there were large empty spaces on the walls and floors of the Threadneedle show. Why do so many artists get turned away, but yet there is still a half-empty room in the exhibit? Perhaps there are just fewer and fewer talented artists applying? Do you think they could be frustrated, like me?

On exhibit now, you can see Dea Campbell’s painting of two boys leaving a churchyard in a loose and expressionistic manner. It is truly gorgeous. Another that caught my eye was Pablo Garcia’s small yellow sticky note with an incredibly detailed portrait of a young man flashing a cheeky look. I almost pulled out my wallet right there! There was talent in this contemporary art show, though not as much as it SHOULD HAVE. Nonetheless, it made me grateful that the Threadneedle Prize exists.

Pen on Post-note by Pablo Garcia Martinez

Pen on Post-note by Pablo Garcia Martinez

Leaving the Church by Dea Campbell

Leaving the Church by Dea Campbell










But just when I thought things were getting better, I walked into the curated room. The Threadneedle exhibit holds aside one main room for the artists that get asked to participate. They are not part of the ‘open call to artists’, but are selected by an independent curator instead. Why they hired a curator who obviously has a disdain for the figure or things of representational in nature, seems obviously misaligned with the Threadneedle Prize and its mission.

Perhaps the Threadneedle prize wants to commit suicide and cease to exist? Or maybe it just wants to blend in and look like all the other art fairs and gallery openings all over the city.   I could have been in Serpentine Gallery or the Bloomberg Space from what I saw in the curated room of the Threadneedle Prize this year. I really hope next year the founders think more carefully about their original reason for starting the Prize and choose a curator who can align themselves to that end. It is soon to become the same old hum-drum, instead of a powerful statement about “Figurative Art Today’. Thread that needle carefully….

Petition: Getting Expansion Back to Brooklyn – Your Feedback


This page was where we asked people to leave their names and comments to support the petition to Get Expansion Back to Brooklyn. To manage signatures easily we have moved the petition here.

But some of the comments below are so touching and moving that I would like to leave them.

THANK YOU to all of you who have taken the time to sign up the petition and to share how you have connected with Expansion. This is an integral part of why I love doing what I do.

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Latest News About Expansion

A presentation has been produced in the hope to get support from the local authorities in Brooklyn and New York for the permanent placement of the sculpture Expansion. – October 2014

Download the presentation here: Expansion Appeal for Permanent Installation in NY


Expansion voted #1 in “25 Of The Most Creative Sculptures And Statues From Around The World” – August 2014

Expansion on Public Display at Henley Festival – July 2014


Poor Artists – Tumblr posting featuring Expansion by Paige Bradley

Beyond Rodin – Rye, New York
New Directions in Comtemporary Figurative Sculpture.





Expansion, Bronze and Electricity by Paige Bradley.

Expansion – photographed in New York, NY
Empire Fulton-Ferry State Park/ Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO, Brooklyn



Expansion and the City of London Bronze, Electricity and Mixed Media 76” height x 35 “ width x 17” depth (with pedestal) Artist Proof 1/1 - photographed in London, UK

Expansion and the City of London
Bronze, Electricity and Mixed Media
76” height x 35 “ width x 17” depth (with pedestal)
Artist Proof 1/1 – photographed in London, UK



Expansion in a Collector's Garden Joshua Tree, California

Expansion in a Collector’s Garden
Joshua Tree, California

Expansion, Bronze and Electricity by Paige Bradley

Expansion, Bronze and Electricity by Paige Bradley

















Expansion at the Henley Festival, July 2014 Henley-On-Thames, UK

Expansion at the Henley Festival,
July 2014
Henley-On-Thames, UK



































The Story of Expansion

“From the moment we are born, the world tends to have a box already built for us to fit inside.  Our umbilical cord never seems to be severed; we only find new needs to fill. If we disconnected and severed our attachments, would we shatter our confinements and expand beyond our shell? Would the world look different?  Would we recognize ourselves? Are we the box that we are inside, and to be authentically ‘un-contained’ would we still be able to exist? This is the irony of containment. As long as we don’t push on the walls of our surroundings, we may never know how strong we really are.”   PAIGE BRADLEY


Bronze, Electricity and Mixed Media
76” height x 35 “ width x 17” depth (with pedestal)
Artist Proof 1/1 – photographed in London, UK

I conceived of this piece when I first moved to Manhattan. I was a bit startled by the power of the curators and the critics and how they all had an anti-figure slant on what they deemed show-worthy. So many of these people felt like everything figurative had already been done, and real art was about being a “Visionary” rather than just showing ability, accuracy or general talent. Thus, the figure had generally disappeared from galleries, museums, important collections, art fairs and other shows. The few of us that were left had no place to exhibit and our voice was not being heard. Many figurative sculptors started teaching, as that was all they could do.

If I wanted to stay in the fine art field, I knew I had to join my contemporaries and make ‘contemporary’ art. I knew that it was time to let go of all the finely tuned skills I had acquired over the years, and just trust in the process of making art. The art world was telling me I had to break down my foundation, let my walls crumble, expose myself completely, and from there I will find the true essence of what I needed to say.

So, literally, I took a perfectly good (wax) sculpture– a piece I had sculpted with precision over several months– an image of a woman meditating in the lotus position, and just dropped it on the floor. I destroyed what I made. I was letting it all go. It was scary. It shattered into so many pieces. My first feeling was, “what have I done?!” Then, I trusted it would all come together like I envisioned.

Bronze, Electricity and Mixed Media 76” height x 35 “ width x 17” depth (with pedestal) Artist Proof 1/1

National Sculpture Society Exhibition, 2006

We cast all the pieces in bronze and assembled the pieces so they floated apart from one another. Then I brought in a lighting specialist and we built a crazy lighting system to make it glow from within. It turned out even better than I thought. And the best is that the image of “Expansion” means so much to so many who see it. I get letters every day! I feel like I really did my job successfully!

From the moment we are born, the world tends to have a box already built for us to fit inside.  Our umbilical cord never seems to be severed; we only find new needs to fill.

If we disconnected and severed our attachments, would we shatter our confinements and expand beyond our shell?

Would the world look different?  Would we recognize ourselves?

Are we the box that we are inside, and to be authentically ‘un-contained’ would we still be able to exist?

This is the irony of containment.  As long as we don’t push on the walls of our surroundings, we may never know how strong we really are.

Bronze, Electricity and Mixed Media 76” height x 35 “ width x 17” depth (with pedestal) Artist Proof 1/1

Expansion – photographed in New York, NY











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Paige Bradley: Celebrating 20 Years in Sculpture

World-acclaimed figurative sculptor announces her Solo Exhibition launching on July 19 at Classic Art Gallery, Carmel – CA.

PRESS RELEASE, July 10 2014

Paige Bradley, a Carmel native sculptor known for high standards of achievement in the world of figurative sculpture, will exhibit her latest sculptures and drawings at Classic Art Gallery from July 19th – August 18th 2014.

A selection of her most recent works will be premiered at the show. An opening reception with the artist will take place on Saturday, July 19 from 5:00-8:00 at Classic Art Gallery, Sixth and San Carlos, Carmel.

"Momentum" by Paige Bradley - Clay

“Momentum” by Paige Bradley – Clay

The exhibition, (Bradley’s first solo exhibition in four years and her seventh since joining the gallery in 1996) explores personal issues of isolation and connection, intimacy, and identity through the figure.

The event is a celebration on many levels; it is Paige’s first retrospective, marking 20 years in sculpture, and the launch of her first book: “Stretching Boundaries”.


“As a young girl, I was walking down San Carlos Street in Carmel when I looked into a gallery window and saw a figurative bronze sculpture. I thought, “I can do that!” Thirty-something years later, I am having my most important show yet– on the very same street. I am so grateful for all my supporters making this possible “ says Bradley.

More about Paige Bradley

Paige Bradley’s work is collected and has been exhibited in many cities around the world such as: Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, London, Vienna, Miami, Houston, Santa Fe, Carmel….

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About Classic Art Gallery

Established in 1992, Classic Art Gallery holds one of the most complete and valuable collection of original fine art in the country. Jovan and Sanya Micovic, the owners of Classic Art Gallery, who gave Paige her first gallery opportunity, have since moved into a beautiful new gallery space in Carmel. Paige Bradley is one of their premiere artists, and you can view her work at any of their three locations: Ocean and Dolores, Sixth and San Carlos, or El Paseo in Palm Desert.


>> For more information about the show, please contact Classic Art Gallery:                                 sanya@classicartgallery.com Tel: (831) 625-0464

>> For more information about Paige and her work, please contact Leo Schmid:        leo@paigebradley.com


"Aspire" by Paige Bradley - Clay

“Aspire” by Paige Bradley – Clay