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About paige

My inspiration comes from my connection to the world, my relationships with others, and my relationship with myself. I don’t need to travel the planet or hire dancers to find a muse. My individual journey is inspiration enough. The figure to me is the perfect vehicle to communicate the human condition. My definition of success is to be a visionary through truthful and courageous artwork—work that communicates what it feels like to be alive in the world today. My goal is to make what feels real, not necessarily beautiful, in order to impact people and create lasting fine art.


Life is ever changing, always moving and completely unpredictable.  

As humans, we must acceptPaige Bradley Dreamer the dynamic nature of the universe and stay flexible and agile.  Being able to move and change with our environment is not just limited to the physical body, but also very much to the mind, spirit and psyche.

As an artist, it is my duty to capture life as I see it, in today’s world, and to help us all visualize an order through the chaos.

Bronze sculpture is a wonderful way to capture life.  Metal by nature is solid, opaque and heavy.  But I love to push on the typical definitions and paradigms, to reveal new ways that sculpture can parallel the life we actually feel.

Metal is opaque?  I’m not.  I have a light inside me that I feel.  So I crack the sculpture and put light in it.

Metal is heavy, sitting on a table, or pedestal?  But my spirit soars!  I love to move in my yoga poses, toss my children up in the air, feel my muscles engage as I work and play.  So I hang these sculptures from the ceiling and watch them move with the air currents and a viewer’s touch.  They make a gentle ping as the figures connect and then drift into their own space again.

These are all allegories of our movement: Connecting with others, sharing our inner light, feeling our strength, being unafraid of change. What would art be if it didn’t look to human nature to inspire?  Without movement and change, Life ceases, as does Art.

~ Paige Bradley

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Happy New Year

wishing everyone a
Happy 2017
from Paige Bradley

comes with the promise of new things. Whether it is the personal resolutions, the clean sheet of new fallen snow blanketing my front yard, or the ever-changing global political landscape, I feel as if this is the time to recalibrate and set goals.

It is also in the month of January that I age another year and I have realized that I am not only mid-career, but I am mid-life. Time is precious. A hunter can’t stand with their bow drawn forever; timing is an integral part of life. I know my children are growing up every day, just as I know time with my parents is limited.  Every year speeds forward faster. I need to capture these precious moments of love and humanity in a static work of art, that even a camera cannot capture.

As an artist, it is important that my eye stays keen but my spirit and body remain youthful.  I still have much to do, in order to capture the human spirit in Art. In order to inspire, share, and create I must remain honest but humble. Productive but precise. Tenacious but tender.

So I picture myself like the hunter; I bend the bow with all the tension of worldly pressures upon me: time, accomplishments, money, status, expectation…but I don’t let it own me. I use the pressure to crystalize the sacred moment like a diamond. I breathe it all in, keeping my heartbeat calm and steady.  I set my intention on the center of my goal and finally, I release all my faith into that moment.

I share these thoughts with you so that we can connect in our similarities. This year, may we put down our smart phones a bit more often. Perhaps we may even pick up an arrow (of sorts), picturing intentions for our best life as our target. May we find time to breathe deeply, as we experience the present moment. May we truly BE with those we love and live to our fullest capacity.

Image:  Bow, bronze, 39 inches tall (shown in clay – available 2017)

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Happy Autumn!

AutumnNow that I have relocated to Connecticut, I am beginning to understand the true love affair everyone has with Autumn. The technicolor trees seem almost unreal, while the skies remain true cerulean blue, the wind picks up and scatters oranges and reds on green lawns. The air changes and becomes crisp, like the apples we pick. Our neighbors have begun to put out wreaths made of autumn leaves. Though I loved my Summer, I am thoroughly excited about the coming Autumn. Already she does not disappoint. I am reminded why I sculpted the Four Seasons to begin with; each one is special and one is not better than another. It feels good to welcome changes and nature’s real gift is that nothing lasts forever.

Autumn, Bronze by Paige Bradley

Autumn, Bronze by Paige Bradley

Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake with Buttermilk Icing

I would like to share a recipe that celebrates the season and was the first time my two year old son tasted pumpkin (and like it!).

Click here to view this delicious and easy to make dessert.

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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


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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 for more information on this exciting new work. I

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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

Thank you.


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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



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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….

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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.

>> Keep up the great work! Click here, sign up and share!







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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.



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