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Saatchi Online
































Stephen Bradbury artwork can now be viewed at Saatchi Online.

Paintings and prints will be available to buy soon.


Also, there;s a new page on the website introducing the COLOUR Series











































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If Christ were alive today...................................................................................................They'd cru...y him !
























Just a thought !



Stephen

FANTASY ART






































At last ! ...................................There is a new page on my website featuring my fantasy illustrations.

A great big THANK YOU ! to all who have shown great interest over the years and been great fans of the work.


Cheers

Stephen

































FUN / HUMOROUS STUFF!






















Don't we all !....................................There's a new page on my website

A bit of light relief rom all that arty, farty stuff........Click here to go to FUN / HUMOROUS STUFF ! page

Enjoy it !.................Well, hopefully you will !

Stephen


Roy Lichtenstein. Yayoi Kusama. Tate Modern

 
 
 
 
 

 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 

Roy Lichtenstein

Another reason for being away recently was to visit the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition at Tate Modern in London.
My daughter, Rachael  lives in Suffolk, but in recent years during my visits to see her, we've made a point of going into London to see a major exhibition.  This year it was to see the Roy Lichtenstein retrospective at Tate Modern. And I truly enjoyed it.

There's no pretensions in his work. He discovered a technique quite late, in his forties and explored it for the rest of his life. You get the impression he enjoyed life. The canvases are big, bold and have a freshness about them. I loved his use of other artist's work in his paintings. I didn't get the impression of plagiarism, but just a gentle nod of admiration for Picasso, Matisse et al. His paintings are just enjoyable and nice to be around. Very American.  Jeff Koons work has that same feel. Great fun, enjoyable, but underlying it, the knowledge that the works are produced by a very professional , serious artist.

I'm reading Picasso and American Art by Michael FitzGerald at the moment.Published by the Whitney Museum of American Art. It show's Picasso's influence on many American artists like Roy Lichtenstein. It's a great  book to read for anyone who visited the Lichtenstein exhibition.

Last year Rachael and I went to see the Picasso and Modern British Art exhibition at Tate Britain. That exhibition showed the influence Picasso had on British artists. It sadly showed how poor most of them were compared to Picasso's genius.

Which comes to the other exhibitions we managed to see. The Damien Hirst one and the Yayoi Kusama exhibition at Tate Modern last year. The Damien Hirst exhibition was predictable and we both agreed had an unfinished quality about his works. The spot pictures especially ! As a product designer I think he's quite good. Love his deck chairs and tea cups ! As a serious artist, it just feels stuff and nonsense and irrelevant, and we both walked out unmoved. I don't feel Bacon or de Kooning need worry !

Yayoi Kusama, on the other hand is a serious artist. Her life's work, since the 1940's  has been,to produce truly, deeply motivated and obsessional  art. Her work encompasses painting drawing,sculpture,collage and large-scale installations.
It takes a lot to gobsmack me, but Kusama's installation Infinity Mirrored Room - Filled with the Brilliance of Life completely floored me. It was just utter brilliance. I took a picture of myself (see top of blog). It was impossible to capture on film. You felt you were in infinite space. The colours kept changing. It was beautiful. Truly inspirational.

I'm afraid the Y.B.A's , Hirst, Emin, Hume, Turk etc just don't compete with the likes of Kusama, Picasso, Bacon. Freud, Lichtenstein, Rothko etc.

The Tate's policy of putting people like Hirst alongside Kusama and currently Hume alongside Caulfield just shows the lack of depth, skill  and imagination this current generation of artists has.

The Roy Lichtenstein exhibition though, was great !

Take Care

Stephen

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
  
 

The Caged Man . Dementia . Release.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The Caged Man.

I've been away quite a lot recently, for various reasons. One of them being a trip up to Manchester to see my father, who, as you may know is in a care home. A couple of years ago he had a stroke which left him with Vascular Dementia. Physically he looks like a much younger man. Mentally, he's just not there anymore 
He recognises me when I arrive, but he has no recollection of his wife,his home,former life etc. If I show him photos of my mum and people on my iPad, he doesn't recognise them. Sometimes pictures of his mother and father from many, many years ago will spark off his long term memory, but generally t's all very sad and it's getting worse. Sessions with my father generally tend to involve him asking me the same question over and over again. Where am I living now, or what year is it. 
It's as if he brain is trying to make sense of it all, but short circuiting at every turn.
The care home is full of elderly people with the same problem. Nationally it has become a huge, sad and increasing problem within the elderly population. 

It's like a living death.

You have to treat the ladies and gentlemen within the care homes who have this dreadful condition - Dementia with utmost dignity.
What you see, is not what they were. Girls, young women, mothers, grandmothers. A life of education,careers, jobs, ambitions, boyfriends, lovers, husbands, children.
Men with jobs and ambitions etc.

This time, I came back more depressed. 

My picture, The Caged Man is all about self-imprisonment. We build imaginary bars around ourselves. These can be made from all sorts of phobias, fears, self-inflicted barriers. bad habits, addictions, life choices. The thing is we can all climb out. The man in the picture, screaming, can, if he wants to, escape. It has to start with us wanting to and taking that first step towards release.

People with dementia like my father have no memory of past lives, no regrets because they can't remember the harm they might have done, things they might have said, people they might have hurt, but also the good times, the happy times, loving and caring for others.


All of us know somebody who has dementia. I just encourage everybody out there to remember them as they were, treat them with dignity and remember it's not their fault that they are in this condition.

Take care

For more information on Dementia click here www.ageuk.org.uk 

Scroll down to the Dementia info section.


Stephen

 
 
 
 
 
 

Julian May
























Julian May

Just been updating my biography page. It seems logical to include pictures of the most important illustrations, paintings and key events in my life as an artist . A picture of me at the top at Gunwalloe beach in Cornwall just didn't seem enough. So I hope you like the new layout. I must admit that whilst I was photographing my back catalogue of book jackets etc, I got quite a buzz. I hadn't looked at them for quite a while. 
Artists like musicians move on, otherwise you just go round the country playing your old, greatest hits. I paint so differently now, but when called upon I turn on the old style, get the airbrush out and abracadabra ! It's still there!

I have to admit, I've been sitting around recently wondering what direction to go in. I'm looking around for venues to have exhibitions. Neal Morse's new album is called Momentum. There are times as an artist that you could do with some. When I produced the book covers featured here, it was so exciting. A dream come true. The Julian May books sold millions and I was so thrilled to have my name on the back covers.

I've just spent weeks photographing my back catalogue of book covers, cropping and filing the pictures on my Mac. The results will start to filter on to my website over the next few months. 

For the many Julian May fans out there, there will be a dedicated page on my website, where hopefully I'll give some background info and show some unpublished gems.

I know I don't blog much. Usually I have to have a bee in my bonnet about something.

I try to tweek the website fairly regularly and refine it more and more to make it interesting for everyone. And as always a great big THANK YOU to everyone who has visited my website.

I hope you like the new biography page

Take care

Stephen


ART. Manchester Art Gallery.























Manchester Art Gallery 

I've just returned from visiting my father, as you may know, he is in a care home, just outside Manchester. It was his 80th birthday. As usual, I took the train into Manchester and did my usual walk around the city centre. 
Walking down from Piccadilly Station, I take a left turn, after the gardens into Mosley Street and head down to Manchester Art Gallery. 

I always have a look at the gallery's terrific collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings, including Autumn Leaves by Sir John Everett Millais, but I also make sure I look at the truly great examples of work, the gallery owns of the artists Peter Lanyon, Howard Hodgkin and Francis Bacon.

The last time I was there, they had a fantastic, extensive,  exhibition of Ford Madox Brown's  - (Pre-Raphaelite Pioneer) work. This time there was a thought-provoking exhibition of photographs by Roger Ballen.

I have a soft spot for Manchester Art Gallery. It's influence on me since I was a boy goes deep. See my biography .
It's always been a dream to see one of my paintings hung on a wall there, on public display. I would quite happily donate one of my paintings to Manchester Art Gallery. In fact they could take their pick of whichever one they wished. I'd gladly give it to them. 

In fact, most public galleries would find my ear sympathetic to a request for a painting. Like a lot of artists, I like the idea of lots of people seeing my work. Painting isn't all about money and the prices paintings fetch. 

Here in Cornwall the bigger galleries are obviously promoting artists to make money, the smaller galleries are basically selling tourist tat. Nationally the situation is repeated. Public galleries just can't raise the money to buy new works. 

Maybe, artists should help out more and donate significant works.

What do you think ?

To go to Manchester Art Gallery click here   www.manchestergalleries.org/

Stephen

































ART. Henry Moore. Hoglands. Happy New Year





























For Christmas, my daughter, Rachael, gave me  a book about Henry Moore's house and studios, Hoglands at Perry Green. Henry and his wife Irina bought the house in the 1940's, as a place to live and work. Over the years, as he became more and more famous and successful, he bought the adjoining land and houses in the vicinity. Trees and garden settings were planted by Irina to form backcloths to Henry's sculptures.  Outbuildings were converted into studios throughout the acres of ground they acquired.
Henry Moore was also a great collector of art, and this was showcased in their house. Many visitors, curators, collectors, artists and celebrities visited Henry Moore at Hoglands.

Today the house, studios and grounds can be visited by the public. It is also the home of the Henry Moore Foundation.

I'm certainly going to try and visit the place.

One thing that struck me was how, in the 1960's, the office in Hoglands was a huge centre of activity. Mrs Tinsley was  in control of it for many years. A switchboard connected the studios. The art world came through her and that office to Henry Moore. The Moore family and staff lived in a structured world of home and work. It was very successful. There obviously was no internet in those days.

Today, there is ! And many thousands of you, all over the World, have visited my website. As always, I'd like to thank you and I am very grateful for your support, and interest.

There is a contact page on my website, and, I don't have a Mrs Tinsley, instead, I have an Apple iMac, ( my office !) and just like Henry Moore, it seems to be a centre of activity. Mainly used as a work tool, it gets nabbed by other members of the family, who have realised it's quicker than their laptops ! My family, as is normal, follow my career, my website,and  also like to know what contacts people have made with me. Letters, or emails, I've received back from galleries and magazines etc, that have received my Facet book. My other daughter, Hope, bought me an iPad a while ago. It's a brilliant invention and great for surfing the internet and using email. I think, however that, as I've already said, that other members of my family sometimes use it more than me, and also use my email application. Mainly, because with Apple products, you don't have to wait ages, as you do with a laptop or P.C. to wait for it to boot and log in. Apple's Safari is instant, and email connection and the web is open to use within seconds. Can't praise it enough. I don't have the working space that Henry Moore enjoyed. My studio space (as you can see on my website), is limited, and my poor family have learned over the years, to close their eyes to my chaos and sort of tolerate the fact that their home will never be normal, and un-cluttered ! 

Henry Moore, had the luxury of physical, studio, space, to work and pursue his wonderful gift at Hoglands.

Check out the Henry Moore Foundation website, and how to visit his house Hoglands, at Perry Green, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, England, on the web .

You can go to the (click here)  MORE BITS ABOUT ME  - ART page on my website and follow the Henry Moore link

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year.


God bless


Stephen



ART. Tate Modern. St Paul's Cathedral. Saatchi Gallery

























Tate Modern / St Paul's Cathedral

I recently visited London, and took time out to look at the galleries and a few touristy places.

The area along the Thames from Tower Bridge, Borough Market,  Tate Modern and along SouthBank, past the London Eye, over the bridge to  Westminster and finishing at Tate Britain is a vibrant and exciting mix of old and contemporary buildings.
It was great to see visitors from all around the World, enjoying being in London, standing in front of these landmarks and having their photos taken.
What I loved about visiting Tate Modern, was seeing the huge amount of visitors, both young, and old, looking at the works of art, enjoying the experience of being in such an amazing building.

It was especially good to see the many groups of schoolchildren, and students, sitting on the gallery floors, writing and sketching the works of art and listening to the teacher's explanations about the works They really seemed to be enjoying themselves.  Hopefully the seeds that are being sown about art in their young lives will make them appreciate and love art as they grow older. 
It was the same at the Saatchi gallery. Groups of schoolchildren, sitting on the floor, sketching and writing about the artworks. 

Now then ! What can you say about St Paul's Cathedral, not to mention Westminster Abbey !

I was so shocked to see the dreadful exorbitant admission charges they were demanding to visit what is meant to be God's house. Tate Modern, Tate Britain, The National Gallery, Saatchi Gallery,etc,etc, are all FREE ENTRY. 

Across the bridge opposite Tate Modern, a cathedral to art ( Free admission) , stands St Paul's, supposedly, a cathedral to God.

£19.50 to get in. £34.50 for a family. 

The only people you saw entering St Paul's were old and middle-aged people. Snakes of old people, following, strange,  'affected' tour guides, seem to be the norm. No signs of parties of young schoolchildren, sketching, sitting on the floor, and writing about their heritage, or, what should be their access to heritage. Instead, a mausoleum,a place of dead people's bones, and full of old people. No seeds of faith being sown in the lives of the young.

No sign of the 'Living God', in whom. we believe. If God were in the place, I'm afraid the young and others would not be able to find him, unless they go through the turnstile and cough up some cash. Oh yes, they have a 'get out' clause.
If you want to pray, you can creep in to a little chapel. It's not good enough ! A token gesture. God does not like token gestures ! Read your Bible, He hates it.

If you don't want the place to be a church, then de-consecrate the place and make it a museum, and all the other cathedrals. You have turned it into a 'den of thieves', just like the Temple in Jerusalem, which Jesus scourged. If people want to leave a donation, let them. Remember the Widow's mite. We can't all afford your exorbitant charges.You should be ashamed.

I had a picture of Jesus sitting on the bench outside St Paul's. As we know Jesus, didn't carry money. He was saying, how he couldn't enter the building, because he didn't have £19.50. So there outside, St Paul's and many other churches, remains Jesus.It's certainly obvious, He isn't inside !  Maybe, it's time to invite Him back in ! Just because a building looks religious, it means nothing to God. Neither do pious looking frocks, vestments, organs and choirs. Remember the Pharisees !

He could always walk across the bridge and go into Tate Modern free.

THANKFULLY, God doesn't live in buildings.

He lives in people's hearts.

It doesn't cost anything, it's FREE, we can invite Him in to our lives today.

It doesn't matter who you are. Young or Old ! There is no admission charge !


Take care, and God bless

Stephen

P.S. There was no way I was going to pay to enter. Outside, the sun shone, in a beautiful blue sky, the river looked great, and I just felt a great sadness , looking at Christopher Wren's building, and the phrase 'sheep led by donkeys' came to mind


FACETS BOOK

Once again, a big thank you to everyone, from around the World, who's visited my website. I hope you enjoyed it. I'm truly amazed at the response to it,  and hopefully making friends through it. 

Well, the FACETS Book finally came back from the printers yesterday, and I think it looks and feels great, and quite substantial. When you get the proofs to approve, you sort of get to know what the final product will be. But, when you open the boxes and hold the thing in your hands, on the heavier finished paper stock, with a rigid cover, it's a magical thing. 
My many years in publishing, gave me a dread of what the proofs of covers would turn out like. Printers, never, ever seemed to get it right.
However, a big thanks to Mick Heath and the printers in Wales for a truly great effort.

The picture, that seems to grab people, in the book, is the one of my cat, who is sitting on my knee, even as I'm typing this blog. She is never far away from me. Makes it a bit hard to paint sometimes. I'll post the out-take picture of her soon. She won't thank me for it !

I decided, from the start, to write, photograph my paintings, design the book myself, as opposed to the REFLECTIONS book, where I traced the pages for a designer to follow, and someone else wrote the text. David J Howe did a great job though !

I thought, that with all my years in publishing, I ought to do it myself. Of course, being a control freak, it took me a while to design it. But, here it is. Phew ! What a relief !

I'm heavily into the VOIDS project now, there'll be a few more pics put on the VOIDS Preview page soon.

Once again, a very big HELLO, to all of you around the World, who have taken the time and interest, to look at my website.

Feel free to contact me, using the contact page.

Take Care

Stephen




ART. Lucien Freud



Like many others, I feel I must pay tribute to a great artist , Lucien Freud.

There is a fantastic quote by Waldemar Januszczak, Art critic for the Sunday Times.

"He paints the truth and it sometimes hurts.
But the beauty in Freud is unequalled".

The portraits of people he painted were very much real, and not romanticised. Very much, in contrast, to the airbrushed, glossed, photo-shopped pictures of 'celebrities', we see in magazines, and the media. 
The 20th Century gave us some artistic greats. Picasso, Matisse, Bacon.......
.......and Lucien Freud.

We miss him already, but his work will live on, for a very long time to come.


Stephen 

Neal Morse. Henry Moore & Picasso

This week, I've finished reading Neal Morse's autobiography, Testimony. Started reading The Drawings of Henry Moore by Andrew Causey, and watched a TV programme about the most expensive top ten paintings of all time. 
How on earth do you put a price or value on art ? Professional galleries do it all the time. I've had to do it myself.... put a price tag on my own work, or agreed a price with an art director, commissioning me to illustrate a book jacket. Can a painting, really be worth a hundred million dollars ?

Picasso, was one of those few privileged artist who became both famous and wealthy during their lifetime. But isn't it an irony, that one of his paintings, painted at the beginning of the 20th Century, whilst he was living in Paris, in dire poverty should fetch such a colossal sum of money. The other Picasso at the top of the most expensive list, a painting of Marie Therese Walter , hardly ever seen before, is now on loan to Tate Modern (not thankfully, hidden away in some bank vault). Who, buys these paintings, or has 100 million dollars to spare ? With that sort of money, you could help a lot of people, and save a lot of suffering. 

Which brings me back to Picasso and Henry Moore. Like a lot of people, I have my wish list. The one I have on Amazon is pretty moderate. My children dip into it on Father's Day, my birthday and Christmas, and spoil me. Men are very hard to buy presents for. Women seem to have endless lists of what they like. Men dither.
I'd love to own a Picasso. A small painting, maybe , one of his ceramic jugs.
But most of all, I'd like to have, one of his paintbrushes. The one that painted Guernica,1937 or Les Demoiselles d'Avignon 1907.
That's the difference on how we value art. Paintings, should not be cash cows. Or bank investments. The thrill of holding the brush that painted these paintings, is worth much more. A painter I knew, Chris Insoll, who I used to go out sketching with, had in his possession, the palette of Stanhope Forbes, and still used it. It's like passing the baton on. 

I saw an exhibition of Henry Moore lithographs at Lemon Street Gallery in Truro recently. I'd love to have had one of those too. The quality of them just thrilled me. I'd love to actually own a drawing by him. Unfortunately, being an art lover, with a moderate income, rules me out ! Instead, they, like lots of Picasso's sit in bank vaults, unseen, loved for their investment value, rather than their artistic value.

I've just finished Neal Morse's book, Testimony.  It was very moving, and very real. The struggles of an artist or musician to find artistic freedom, and recognition, and feed and provide a home for your family is a real problem. In the end, what motivates us is what counts. It can't just be about money. My spiritual mother, Anna Downing always said, " If you've got a shilling Steve, Use some of it to buy your daily bread, but use the rest to buy a rose !" What she meant was, that man, cannot live by bread alone. We have a spiritual need too. Music, Art, fill that need. The music, Neal Morse creates, lifts the spirit, tells a tale of hope, for us, just as paintings should. 

I read in the Psalms today, that if you took all the wealth in the whole World, it wouldn't be enough to pay for  one soul.

Yet, the price, has been paid, for us to have 'free' access to God. Christ paid the price, on the cross. There are somethings, that money can't buy!  

Stephen


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Just a quick thank you to all those who have looked at the site. And for the favourable comments.

Stephen

ART

Art.

Art is a weird thing !

Does a lot of it, fall under the description, decorative ? Does it always have to have a meaning ?
Can it be both ?
Artists, that start out as rebels, for example, the Brit Art generation, started out a bit like punk rock did, but they've all become 'established' now, literally, part of the establishment. In St Ives, here in Cornwall, one of them has filled Tate St Ives  with balloons. Another, who started out as the 'enfant terrble', with a shark is selling deck chairs on his site ! Another, who made an infamous bed, is making sweet little pictures of her cat !
All very decorative ! In Cornwall, there are countless artists selling decorative works to mainly, tourists. None of it is serious stuff. Even, the more serious galleries do it. So, is it art ? Or is it decoration ? I've done it myself sold hundreds of landscapes of Cornwall. As an illustrator, the work was always an applied art. The book cover had to have a piece of artwork on it that made people want to buy it. I should think, that most work sold in commercial galleries, ends up decorating a wall in someone's house. Not in a public gallery, for all to see.

Artists have to make a living. I do. 

What got me started, on this entry, was I was sitting at my desk, and there, next to it was my Picasso mug, with Guernica on it. A painting constructed, as a protest against the fascist regime in Spain, and the slaughter of innocents by Nazi dive bombers. Now decorating my mug !

I know the meaning of the work. But does everybody, who buys it. Or do they think it's just a nice decorative mug ?

What do you think ?

Stephen