Adrian primarily paints Tasmanian land and seascapes. Most of his works begin as photos or sketches on site, many captured when working in Tasmania’s National Parks constructing walking tracks.
In his current series of paintings the weather dominates the landscape, with rain and wind being physically wiped, smudged and slashed across the canvas in physical gestures of paintbrush, rags, palette knife, and hand.
In this way the represented landscape often becomes concealed under subsequent layers of paint. With often only small sections of the original landscape recognisable.
Most recently Adrian has been drawing from his past practice as a graffiti artist and combining elements of spray painted and rollered ‘graffiti’ layered over the top of his more traditional landscapes. These paintings invite the viewer to meditate on the history of place and have been informed by readings on ecology and the history of land use within Tasmania.
Adrian studied Visual Arts at RMIT in 2002/03 then spent the next decade travelling widely – working ski seasons then painting, hiking and climbing obsessively in the summer months. He won the Haileybury College Art Prize in 2001 and was a finalist in the 2016 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize. He now lives and works in Hobart, Tasmania.
Adrian Bradbury – Curriculum Vitae
2002-2003 Diploma of Visual Arts, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, VIC
2017 Top Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, TAS
2017 First Light, Stillwater Gallery, Launceston, TAS
2016 A Graffitied Land, Dark Horse Experiment, Melbourne, VIC
2016 Road Trip: From the Mountains to the Sea, Angela Robarts-Bird Gallery, Albert Park, VIC
2015-2016 Antillart Presents: Adrian Bradbury, Freycinet Lodge, Coles Bay, TAS
2017 Water Ways Exhibition, Long Gallery, Salamanca, Hobart, TAS
2016 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize. South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA
2016 Kingborough Art Prize. Kingborough, TAS
2016 Antillart, St. Helens, TAS
2015 Freycinet Lodge, Coles Bay, TAS
2006 The Goodness in You, Northcote Social Club, Northcote, VIC
2003 Foyer Show, RMIT, Melbourne, VIC
2003 Project Space/Spare Room, RMIT. Melbourne, VIC
2017 Lethbridge 10000
2016 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize: Finalist. Adelaide, SA
2001 Haileybury College Art Prize: Winner. Melbourne, VIC
2016 Ryn, Claire Van, Layered Landscapes, Lume. Issue 5. November 2016
2015 Phillips, Campbell, Wild Artist: Adrian Bradbury on display at Freycinet Lodge, Wild Magazine. Website. People/Profile. December, 2015, http://wild.com.au/people/profiles/adrian-bradbury-at-freycinet-lodge/
1 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
77 Salamanca Place, Battery Point
65 Salamanca Place, Hobart
Salamanca Arts Centre, Salamanca Place
A selection of Adrian Bradbury’s paintings are available for purchase online at: https://www.saatchiart.com/adrianbradbury