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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.

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.

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….

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….

 >> Click here to access her biography

>> Click here to view how people connect and respond to her Art

 

 

 

 

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.

Contact

>> 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

Expansion Sculpture on Public Display at Henley Festival (9-13 July 2014)

PRESS RELEASE  – London, 26 June 2014

Award-winning sculptor Paige Bradley has selected three of her sculptures to take part in the prestigious Henley Festival in Henley-on-Thames (UK) on 9-13 July 2014, including Expansion , the piece that made her famous.

Expansion, Bronze and Electricity by Paige Bradley.

Expansion, Bronze and Electricity by Paige Bradley.

In addition to Expansion, Vertigo and Balance life-size will be on display in the sculpture garden.

“Music. Art. Summer nights. Great food and wine. Boats on the River with fireworks overhead. Black ties and evening gowns.  What is not to LOVE about the Henley Festival?  It is the ultimate celebration of British Summer. I am excited to have my sculptures upon the lawn during this fantastic event.  It is a great honor to be a participant and I will enjoy every minute!” says Bradley.

“From my point of view, the art and sculpture we have on site is one of the things that sets the Henley Festival apart from pretty much any other event you can name – and when you have the opportunity to show the kind of work Paige is producing, I know I can be wholly confident that we have the ingredients we need to create a truly special event” says Stewart Collins, Artistic Director at Henley Festival.

About Henley Festival

Henley Festival is one of the biggest and best-loved music and arts festivals in the UK. Its unquestionable edge of elegance, extraordinary atmosphere and attention to detail sets it leagues apart from the rest of the festival calendar.

A magical annual event etched in the diaries and imaginations of those in the know, Henley Festival is an exclusive pass to five nights of unrivaled revelry. It takes place the week after the Henley Regatta.

About Paige Bradley

Click here for Paige’s biography.

Paige Bradley is celebrating 20 years of sculpture this year. She will further celebrate with a Solo Show in Carmel, California, USA launching on 19 July 2014 and with the release of her first catalogue: “Stretching Boundaries – Celebrating 20 years of Sculpture”

Contact

For more information please contact:

Leo Schmid  I  Marketing & Communications Director I  Paige Bradley Fine Art

leo@paigebradley.com

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Metamorphosis

Hello,

My name is Leo.  I am a girl friend of Paige and work closely with her, mainly overseeing her communications and marketing.

Paige has asked me a couple of months ago to write a post to introduce myself and tell you my story: how I left France for London and much later how our paths crossed, as she thought this was inspiring.

I preferred to hold back as in my view, what was going on in “Mrs B ‘s” studio and in her mind was much more interesting to the rest of the world!

Today I feel compelled to” take the pen” as something exciting and magical is going to happen in the studio and I cannot help sharing the news!

Just like for the making of Expansion, Paige is about to shatter her new sculpture Momentum on the floor, in order to rebuild it and allow light to shine through it.

It is a unique procedure for an artist to shatter their work in pieces but as Paige said, “the process of letting go of my obsession with perfection is how I learned to expand as an artist.”

Excited at the prospect of this taking place, my marketing brain switched on and in a couple of seconds I had made a whole event out of this process. We HAD to invite the press in the studio as well as galleries, curators, collectors, and the list went on. We HAD to capture that moment on film and share it on the net so everyone could live it.

The world and I fell in love with Expansion, so seeing the most crucial part of such breath-taking work take place, I thought, would be a most unique experience for sculpture professionals and amateurs.

Imagine admiring a beautifully accomplished piece of clay that after much hard work has taken the perfect shape. Imaging holding your breath as the sculpture comes crashing to the floor. Imagine the silence that follows which holds the uncertainty of its future: is the piece too shattered that it cannot be put back together?  Or is okay? Can it make it back to life? Imagine watching Paige examining anxiously the shattered pieces on the floor…the nervous silence, the heavy seconds that follow a violent accident.  And then imagine a Soul emerging from the chaos. Imagine Paige raising her head, looking around the room with a smile of relief: It has made it!  All there is to do now is to give It its body back.

I don’t think there can be as emotional and as magical as a moment in the making of a piece of Art.

“I’m sorry” said Paige, “I really like to do this sort of thing in private”.

And that’s easy to understand. Like giving birth in a way, with all the excitement and uncertainties this event holds, one wants to keep this vulnerable, emotional and special moment for themselves, in privacy and in humility.

So we will share the happy news when Momentum will join us, after its metamorphosis.

 

Momentum, by Paige Bradley

Momentum, by Paige Bradley

 

Momentum, by Paige Bradley

Momentum, by Paige Bradley

 

Momentum, by Paige Bradley

Momentum, by Paige Bradley

FRAUD – WARNING to Artists and Galleries!

Dear All,

I caught a fraud attempt on my work in extremis and would like to share details with you so that you can be more aware of suspicious requests should they come to you.

I have recently received an email from a so-called Frank Saylor ( email address: franksaylor01@gmail.com )  inquiring about one of my paintings to offer to his wife.

The “client” said he was moving to the Philippines and needed the painting to be picked up by a shipper ASAP.  He then “fed-exed” me a questionable check and asked me to pay the shipper directly via wire transfer. At this point I became highly suspicious and started some research on the internet.

I found a gallery had been victim of the same fraud attempt on them, and thank God they wrote about it on the net: http://www.siliconinvestor.com/readmsg.aspx?msgid=29394404

A couple of days later I received a similarly suspicious email from a so-called Larry Douglas larrydouglas9090@gmail.com

I hope you will not have to deal with such requests, and if you do, I hope my note will have been a little helpful.

Here are links on how to report a fraud:

http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report-a-fraud/how-to-report-a-fraud

http://www.stopfraud.gov/report.html

All my best,

Paige

Barbie on Sports Illustrated?!

Hurrah to all the ballet companies and fashion designers that no longer celebrate the anorexic women.  Hurrah to all of them for supporting a healthier female.  Why can’t Sports Illustrated do the same?  Don’t they know that their swimsuit edition has a great effect on how young women see their bodies?

They chose Barbie to celebrate the 50 years of S.I.’s 2014 swimsuit edition.  There are a lot of iconic ’50’ year olds they could have put on the cover, instead of Barbie.  I doubt Barbie has worked as hard as Christie Brinkley (60), Carol Alt (53), Elle Macpherson (49), Cindy Crawford (47), Linda Evangelista (48),  Estelle Lefebure (47), or Kathy Ireland (50), Paulina Porizkova (48).  Those are the women that we should be celebrating!

Barbie on Sports Illustrated

Barbie on Sports Illustrated

The Real Barbie would:

  • Have to crawl to support her top-heavy frame.  And she would be over 6 feet tall!
  • Only have room for a radius OR an ulna in her arms.
  • Only have room for a tibia OR a fibula in her legs.
  • Only have room for an oesophagus OR a trachea in her neck (she could either eat OR breathe . . . she will choose to breathe)
  • Wear a size 3 children’s shoe
  • Have a severely distorted face (like the pictures of aliens), due to the almost triple average size of her head.
  • Not be able to wash or get dressed because her arms are much too short.

Thanks to Barbie, young girls all want to look like her and end up suffering from various eating disorders.  The USA alone spends $11 billion a year on elective plastic surgery procedures.  Over the past 15 years the number of cosmetic procedures has increased by 197%. (The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery)

The Artist and The Maker

I am a Maker. I fiercely respect the Maker, and I try to be one as often as I can.  It is the most fundamental of human activities– to work with our hands, creating something from nothing.  When someone asks me who I am or what I do, I call myself an Artist.  This is not better than a Maker– just a more complex form of one.  Sometimes the Maker can go missing within the Artist, and then the Artist becomes hollow.  They become political or symbolic and forget about the essence of creating.

 

As an Artist, like a Maker, I also put thought and aesthetic value into the things I make. Sometimes, when I do traditional works, there is more academic thought, compared to creating contemporary pieces, where the thought is more of a philosophical nature. Both are intense and valid.  But as an Artist, it isn’t just about making the next beautiful object.  Art must be an expression of my life experiences (either as voyeur or as participant) in this incredible journey.  And if I can express it in a way that is honest and immediate, ingenious and unusual, rare and exceptional, then I will have stepped from the Maker into the Artist’s shoes.

 

Art doesn’t have to be beautiful, ugly, shocking nor sublime, but it should be Visionary.  By ‘Visionary’ I mean a unique perspective that gives insight to the world, an emotion, or the human condition in a fresh, new way.  I realize this might not be a profound definition of ART, but it is the clearest and most concise word I have been able to come up with.

 

When dealing with aesthetics of a Work, I find myself in the role of editor frequently.  Sometimes the lack of conventional beauty is surprisingly attractive.  As an Artist I choose when and how this takes place in the work.  It has everything to do with subject-matter.  Beauty is abundant in the natural world, but too much of it– left in its raw chaotic form– and we just pass beauty by.  It doesn’t strike us as powerful because Art is not just about the object, but rather the object in comparison to its surroundings.  As an Artist, things are not as simple as making an object visually pleasing.  The environment around us is always a factor in Art’s success or failure.  Art cannot be created in a vacuum.

 

Keep environment in mind, but not the audience.  When creating Art, one must not think of the audience’s feelings because then it would be pleasing or performing instead of unravelling the truth.  It is as important for an Artist NOT to think of the audience as it is for a writer to ignore censorship. Truth is paramount and this can only be found during internal dialogue.  I have found that the more secluded and personal I am while I create, the more people relate to my Art.  I create what needs to be made. I think about what needs to be said. I make an image that needs to be freed from the confines of the mind, to be seen in a real and tangible form.  It is a reward when the audience understands and is moved by the finished piece.  And it is only then the Artist and Audience meet.

 

I imagine that as a Maker, there is a precise pattern to follow and a feeling of patience through the process.  I imagine a rhythm takes over as the Maker meticulously creates his craft.  I have none such feeling, but often yearn for it.  In contrast, as an Artist, I can say that ideas tend to burn holes inside of one’s gut until it gets out.  It is the fervor and the fever that forces our hand.  Mortality and time are our enemies, as our identities are measured by the creations of our visions.  A lifetime is not nearly long enough to realize them all.  Sometimes it causes me to shake in nervous excitement.  Other times I find myself dancing around or having philosophical conversations with my sculptures.  (Absurd, I know!)

 

We must realize we are standing on the shoulders of many before us, and this position as an Artist is one of great value and honor, and cannot be taken lightly.  We are not entertainers or designers for an audience, but instead we speak for each and every one.  We add significance, meaning and conversation that may not have taken place before.  It’s a true labor of love, but it’s not easy.  The job comes with a heavy burden and no guarantee of reward or notice.  I believe it’s not something the Artist chooses–it seems we are born into it.  When it gets to be too heavy to carry, I find the best thing to do is set it all down.  Step back into the Maker’s shoes, and find the rhythm of creating again.  That’s where the joy lies.

Paige Bradley, 1995

Paige Bradley, 1995