From Venice to Stratford-upon-Avon - Jessica Brown Fine Art

From Venice to Stratford-upon-Avon

I fell in love with Mark Bradford’s artwork when I saw an image of this painting:

'White Painting', Mark Bradford, 2009.
‘White Painting’, Mark Bradford, 2009.

Working in both paint and collage, Bradford’s abstractions incorporate many layers, using elements from daily life such as posters, scraps of paper, and even the squares of paper used to dye hair in hair salons (Bradford’s Mum was a hairdresser).

In ‘White Painting,’ Bradford uses no paint, just many layers of paper and then an industrial sander to scratch and sand through the layers ending up with a surface which replicates the effect of paint.

Seeing Bradford’s work for the first time for real at the Venice Biennale 2017  was a dream come true. The complexity of the surface creates the most beautiful patterns which often belie the  complex subject matter, in particular his concern for marginalised people.

Looking at 'Tomorrow Is Another Day', Mark Bradford, Venice Biennale 2017, US Pavilion.
Looking at ‘Tomorrow Is Another Day’, Mark Bradford, Venice Biennale 2017, US Pavilion.

Studying Bradford’s work over the years, led me to a new direction in my own painting. Some of this influence may be seen in my largest piece to date, ‘Not black and white’.

'Not black and white', mixed media on board, 245x122 cms, Jessica Brown, 2017.
‘Not black and white’, mixed media on board, 245×122 cms, Jessica Brown, 2017.

Back home after my travels,  I was selected to take part in The Other Art Fair Bristol, a fantastic experience where I sold work, and also met lots of great artists and collectors.

'Meandering Home' found a lovely new home at The Other Art Fair, Bristol.
‘Meandering Home’ found a lovely new home at The Other Art Fair, Bristol.

Coming up:

I’m excited to be heading down to St Ives to take part in an abstract painting course led by the brilliant artist Liz Hough.

I’m also taking part in the  Contemporary Art Fair – Discover Gather Give  at Stratford-upon-Avon Town Hall. If you’re in the area on 4-5 November, please drop by and say hello.

Till next time.