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Lived/Active: California/New York      Known for: human figure sculpture

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Paige Bradley has been inspired to sculpt the human figure in bronze since childhood. Born in Carmel, California, the artist found much inspiration in her own physical strength and the surrounding beauty of the Monterey Peninsula. Immersed in nature and art, Bradley' had early fascination with the human figure. She believes that through the figure, an artist can speak a universal language that is timeless.

Educated at Pepperdine University, Bradley spent a year in Florence, Italy. During her travels in Europe, the Great Masters offered inspiration, but Michaelangelo reflected her own passions for the human form. She went on to continue her education at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where she furthered her sculpture education and learned to paint and print in several different mediums.

Helping other young artists, Bradley has supported arts education with national seminars, shows, donations and art auctions. She is also an advocate of healing and empowerment; additionally, finding a voice to help those who have suffered from illness or repression.

In 1998, Bradley started her own sculpture studio in her hometown of Carmel, exhibiting her sculptures in several galleries around the nation. In 2001, she was voted in to the National Sculpture Society as a professional sculptor, the Salmagundi Club invited her as a member in 2003, and in 2004, the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club welcomed her as a professional member. Annually, she has one-person shows in Los Angeles and Carmel, along with several group shows throughout the nation.

Even though the figures are sculpted in the classical tradition, Bradley is anything but classical. The artist, uniting psychology and spirituality in her sculpture, explores modern realms for her artwork. Bradley intends her work to show strength and sensitivity, with a spiritual wisdom that awakens us, leaving us yearning for truth within our own lives. Underscoring her love and passion for humanity, she writes:

"The only way I can be truthful to you, is to listen to myself-- the cries and laughter,thepeaceful silence or the loud chatter of the voice that I think is mine, but is really all of us. And with that honesty, I will create. You may hear yourself in me, and then believe that we are not separate. Ilive the dichotomy of together and alone, as we all do, but I research it as a scientist. Through my art and through living my own life, I can helpus understand the chasm, and what it will take to unite our souls."

Bradley has recently moved her studio to Brooklyn, New York, where she will continue drawing, painting and sculpting full-time with live models.


Written and submitted by Catherine DuPont, Fine-Art Professional

Biography from Thornwood Gallery:
Born in Carmel, California Paige Bradley knew she would be an artist by the age of nine. Immersed in nature and art, Bradley's fascination with the human figure began early. She believed that through the figure an artist could speak a universal language that is timeless and essential.

Paige Bradley started drawing from the nude model by the age of ten and by fifteen was studying intensely at university campuses during the summer months. Knowing that she was naturally a sculptor, at seventeen she cast her first bronze sculpture.

Educated at Pepperdine University, Paige spent a year in Florence, Italy with the university’s study program. There she took classes at the Florence Academy of Art, which included art history. She went on to continue her education at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where she studied sculpture and learned to paint and print in several different mediums.

In 1995 she was assistant sculptor on a monument for the Atlanta Olympic Games. In 2001 she was voted into the National Sculpture Society, the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and The Salmagundi Club as a professional sculptor. In 2006 one of her sculptures was selected to become a prestigious international award for young dancers. A replica of the sculpture is now awarded to a talented dancer selected by a panel of judges annually from Ballet International.

Annually, Paige Bradley has several solo exhibitions, and her work can be seen in selected galleries throughout the world. In 2004 she moved her studio from California to New York City. In the spring of 2007 she moved to London, where she currently works full time.

Paige’s work is full of dichotomies: both the beautiful and the ugly, the liberated and the contained, the falling and the floating. She is always in control of form but not imprisoned by its "literality". The subject matter becomes the most important -- not narrowly feminist, but rather humanistic betrayals of modern emotion. Paige’s work is becoming a valuable keystone for the missing figure in contemporary art. Entering the middle of her career, Paige Bradley’s talent and artistic achievements have already gained her much notoriety.

Biography from Portland Classic Gallery:
When Paige Bradley was only nine years old, she knew she wanted to sculpt the human figure.  Born in Carmel, California she found much inspiration in her own physical strength and in the beauty that surrounded her.  Immersed in nature and art, Paige Bradley is fascinated with the human figure, an interest that began early in her life.  Art classes were just as important to her as basic education classes.

Educated at Pepperdine University, Paige Bradley spent one year in Florence, Italy. During her European travels she was inspired by the Great Masters; however Michelangelo consumed her.  She drew inspiration from nearly all of his sculptures, studied his drawings, and realized his own passions for the human form.

Upon returning to the United States, Paige Bradley began an intense three-year apprenticeship with sculptor, Richard MacDonald.  During her apprenticeship she worked side by side with Richard MacDonald on many sculptures such as the grand monument for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

Paige Bradley went on to continue her education at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; the alma matter of Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, and Robert Henri.  Within a year, she won the oldest and most coveted sculpture award in the school's history, and was invited to be one of eighteen participants in the National Sculpture Society's "Young Sculptors Competition".  Her work is permanently housed in the American Museum in Philadelphia.

The poise and grace of the female figure is a goal of Paige Bradley in her sculptures  In bronze, she strives for beautiful forms that seem as if they could come to life at any moment. 

She is a Professional Sculptor member of The National Sculpture Society in New York.

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