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 Dean Bradshaw  (1953 - )

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Lived/Active: Utah/California      Known for: furniture making, portrait and plein-aire landscape painting

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Biography from Knox Galleries:
Dean Bradshaw grew up in the Santa Monica Mountains in southern California. From an early age nature had become his closest friend. He spent every moment, hiking and observing the intricacies of light and form.

By the time Dean was in grade school, he was already translating his experiences of nature onto paper and canvas. He won many art awards in high school, and received an art scholarship to the prestigious Art Center Institute in Los Angeles.

As an adult, Dean spent several years in southern France and submersed himself into the local culture. While there he gained an appreciation for the decorative arts and period furniture. Upon his return to the states, he received a rare opportunity to study furniture design and fabrication in Beverly Hills from the world renowned Andre Liardet. He then started his own successful business in 1976 where his painted and carved works can be found among royalty, stars and prominent business people around the world.

In 2006, Dean decided to devote his talents to painting full time. He currently lives in the mountains of northern Utah and finds himself surrounded by some of the most spectacular subject matter for which an artist could hope. His use of both the brush and the palette knife renders this visual wonderland into compelling landscapes." It makes the work very textural and it keeps me from focusing too much on detail. It becomes a much more spontaneous way of painting. When I paint thick, with a lot of color, it tends to be more on the feeling side than the technical side."

In painting, Dean seeks to achieve abstract quality using recognizable shapes. He works plein aire, relying on good memory and photos for minimal reference. "Painting directly from nature means the world to me. It opens up new dimensions in the way I see light and color and deepens my appreciation for nature and life as a whole."

Known for his strong textures and saturated colors, Dean Bradshaw makes up his own hues, often heightening them, yet remaining true to nature." 'When I come across a scene I want to paint, it's because of its strong design element and dramatic lighting. I like to do deep aspen interiors, because the range of subtle colors makes an overall unified, harmonious painting, It takes a lot of driving and hiking to find that one great scene."

Biography from Alderwood Fine Art:
Born in Santa Monica, California 1953, Dean won a scholarship to the Art Center in Los Angeles but chose to study pre-med at UCLA and was accepted into dental school.

After working his way through school for a famous furniture maker in Beverly Hills, Dean decided to move to Utah in 1978. He began making furniture and also painted portraits for prominent families in Utah 1978-1981.

He won a silver medal at the Springville National Salon 1980 for a plein-air landscape. He then began to concentrate full time on his highly artistic handmade furniture business in 1981 and put painting on the side until he retired recently from the furniture business. Now he paints full time.

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