‘There is always a relationship between an artist and his or her subject. In the case of the portrait or figurative artist, I believe the ability and technique to apply paint to create form coexists alongside a unique ability to explore and evoke a reaction through representation of expression, intimacy, individuality, emotion and identity.’
The integrity of representation can sometimes be disrupted by the relationship and requirements of the sitter. So far in Brad’s career, to explore individual authenticity, he has, at times, indulged in a consideration of himself through self portraiture to explore his contemporaneous self and his identity. They a provide continuity for him; his private diary and his public autobiography.
In his current self portraits he explores how he relates to a generation of the easy consumer contrasting concerns for our planet along with what seems to be a contemporary angst around life, place, love, societal political turmoil and the future.