Following an invitation by 68projects, Bradley worked in Berlin for three months during the early summer of 2016, where he created a cycle of abstract, luminous drawings and paintings.
Bradley explores the formal language and historical roots of abstract expressionism, toying with references from the history of art and artists such as John Hoyland, Sandra Blow and Eduardo Chilida. Against this historical background, he strives to create a formal pictorial language that is accessible and timely. However, in Bradley’s work, it is not the artist’s world that occupies the centre of attention but rather the viewer’s imagination. In his creative process, Bradley turns away from the original, fundamental idea behind abstract art, portraying an “inner world“: he scans his watercolour studies, digitally edits them on his computer, and uses these “digital sketches” as the basis for his paintings. Here artistic style and intuition take a back seat, and chance is abolished, resulting in perfectly planned paintings, which captivate the viewer through their seeming lightness and spontaneity.
About the artist
Born 1984 in York, England
Lives and works in London, England and Los Angeles, USA
William Bradley studied at Wimbledon College of Arts, London, graduating in 2008. In 2009 he was finalist, and in 2011 shortlisted for the Catlin Art Prize. In 2014 Bradley was invited to Berlin for a residency with 68projects for the first time. Together with Jennifer Packer and Alexander Kroll he was part of the inaugural exhibition "Roster Crow" at the project space. Following an invitation by Hooper Projects in 2015, he has been working in Los Angeles for extended periods of time.