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Betsy Bradley: Chasing Rainbows

IKON Gallery, Oozells Square, BIRMINGHAM, West Midlands, B1 2HS
Betsy Bradley, Feng Shui, (2020), Acrylic on Organza, 110 x 75cm, Courtesy the artist


Recent works by Bradley use voile and organza as painting supports. These translucent fabrics dissolve the distinction between figure and ground and invite the play of light. This liberating energy extends to sculptural works in which the material itself becomes gestural, taking on forms which recall functional and playground objects. Other references to everyday life appear through Bradley's broad influences. Always intuitive, her inspirations come from what she describes as "miraculous everyday phenomena", such as the incidental colours of a patinated billboard or the intangible hues of light pollution in the night sky. Inspired by Eastern and Western traditions of Wabi Sabi, Arte Povera and Mono-ha, Bradley celebrates chance as a means of freeing her artistic process and the viewer's experience:

"I see my work as an invitation to the present moment – an escape as well as a grounding – which enables the viewer to let go." Betsy Bradley

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3 Dec 2021 - 13 Feb 2022
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