The Art of Creating
Bronze - Expansion

The Art of Creating Bronze - Expansion

October, 2018 (click to view)

Bronze is unique. There is no other material I have found which is so soft, yet so strong. So lasting, and grows colorfully rich with age. It has an amazing history dating back to 2500 BCE. To be among the artists who works in bronze -becoming a brother and sister of many, among such an extended time line - is truly profound. For the Expansion sculpture, we cast each piece in bronze and assemble the pieces so they float apart from one another. Inside the bronze we have created an innovative and unique lighting system to make the sculpture glow from within. It turned out even better than I conceived. And the most rewarding part is that the image of "Expansion" means so much to everyone who sees it.

In Paige's hometown gallery, she met a young dancer named Danielle from the local high school. Though they had only met that day, and Danielle had never modeled before, they had an immediate connection. Danielle held a graceful and elegant pose, showing off her years of experience on stage. The two of them worked nonstop for three hours. Visitors in Carmel could not believe that they had stumbled upon a sculpture being made right in front of them. As they worked, groups gathered around Danielle and Paige watching as Danielle emerged in the clay. A limited edition bronze sculpture has since been made and can be found in galleries that represent Paige Bradley.

When I first met Lauren at the gallery, I couldn't even hear her say her name. She was so quiet and timid, she wouldn't look me in the eye, and her head was bowed in shyness. I wasn't sure how I could find her personality underneath the layer of bashfulness. But once she put on her favorite blue dress and her dancing toe shoes, she surprised us all. It was almost as if that dress was magic and the blushing little girl disappeared. With a little choreography and a mound of clay, I found her childlike spirit. Lauren in Blue became the courageous dancing girl who posed for me and many onlookers that special day in the gallery. ~ Paige Bradley

Expansion An Artist's Personal Narrative

Expansion An Artist's Personal Narrative

April, 2016 (click to view)

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.

Expansion  Third Life 3D Rotation

Expansion Third Life 3D Rotation

July, 2016 (click to view)

"In many ways, we keep coming back to where we started. Revisiting Expansion at a smaller size is proof of this. Even though my 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 all of us: for our souls, for our healing, for us to feel a sense of connection though all boundaries and distances." ~ Paige Bradley

We visited Paige Bradley at her East London studio to discuss the themes of mortality in her work, and succeeding as an artist. Paige Bradley is the artist behind the infamous sculpture Expansion, an electric bronze sculpture depicting a woman sitting cross legged. This piece was photographed against the Manhattan skyline in 2004 and has since gone viral. In this video, Paige Bradley introduces us to her work, and discusses the significance of the piece, Vertigo.

In the summer of 2012, right outside the boundaries of "The City" with all it's contemporary galleries, at the Rye Arts Center in Rye, New York, a collection of high-quality artworks curated by sculptor Bob Clyatt was presented to the world. Beyond Rodin: New Directions in Contemporary Sculpture Figurative Sculpture is an exhibition of 19 U.S. based sculptors who are creating innovative works built on the foundations of classical training, but with applications that go beyond the display of virtuosity and into the realm of emotional expression and pathos that seems to elude so much contemporary art. The New York Times covered this exhibition, but Bob is a good friend of, and we arranged for him to give us a tour of this wonderful exhibition that included artists Audrey Flack, Emil Alzamora, Sequoyah Aono, Deborah Baldizar, Joan Benefiel & Jeremy Leichman, Paige Bradley, Susan Clinard, Tricia Cline, Bob Clyatt, Sarah Coble, Carole Feuerman, Barney Hodes, Alex Kveton, Jedediah Morfit, Bret Reilly, Bernard Rowan, Susan Saladino, Judy Sigunick and Chris Smith.

Paige Bradley:
Literality of Form

Paige Bradley: Literality of Form

January, 2004 (click to view)

Paige's work is full of dichotomies: both the beautiful and the ugly, the liberated and the contained, the falling and the floating. She is always in control of form but not imprisoned by its literality. The subject matter becomes the most important -- not narrowly feminist, but rather humanistic betrayals of modern emotion. Paige's work is becoming a valuable keystone for the missing figure in contemporary art. Only in her early thirties, Paige Bradley's talent and artistic achievements have already gained her much acclaim.