Expansion Rising (maquette)
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Expansion Rising (maquette)

Expansion Rising | Bronze w/Electricity | 18" x 9.5" x 7.5" | Edition of 25

Dynamically powerful as she rises, and illuminated from within, Paige Bradley reimagines and expounds on her wildly popular Expansion sculpture.  With solid slabs in structural support (intimating an earthy gown perhaps?), she rises, glowing and growing in serene countenanced. Craving  placement on that perfect table, credenza, mantle, or any surface needing a modest, yet powerful and evocative work, this compelling bronze is certain to… delight.

“When I first created Expansion it was more about the effort, centering, and finding the power within. Now that this particular sculpture has been gifted with an energy all her own (thanks to the internet, the powerful bloggers, art-appreciators… and you), she deserved to be reimagined. With a powerful feminine aura, and an upward, vertical energy, Expansion Rising is where the abstract and contemporary come together in a singular piece. She is a constellation of unique sensibilities, yet as a whole, as the gestalt, the Rising version of Expansion is a harbinger for the feminine spirit of our age. Expansion Rising is our phoenix from the flames; our fractured heroine.” ~ Paige Bradley

Provenance: Figurativas ’19, European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), Barcelona, SpainMEAM hosted the 10th International Painting and Sculpture Competition of the Arts and Artists Foundation.  The 14th ARC International Salon, along with the MEAM’s representational painting and sculpture competition, Figurativas, and The ARC Salon live show, was on exhibit December 6, 2019 through February 2020.  This awe-inspiring international event featured artists from all over the world, showcasing the truly international nature and collaborative spirit of this new wave in contemporary art. Paige Bradley’s “Expansion Rising” was selected for this exhibition and featured alongside over one hundred figurative works by artists from around the globe.

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Nicole Wolff
Gallery Director

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 began 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.

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 Paige 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. By 2006, her work was featured in over a dozen galleries, teaching masters workshops and being sought out for public and private commissions. At thirty years old, she already had a strong following of international collectors.

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. In 2014 Paige exhibited over forty sculptures, several new drawings, and a signed catalog of works at a major U.S. exhibition. It was her way of celebrating twenty years in sculpture, which most likely is just the beginning.

 

Artist Statement

"Inspiration comes from my connection to the world, my relationships with others, and my relationship with myself. I don’t need to travel the planet or hire dancers to find a muse. My individual journey is inspiration enough. Since I was nine years old I knew I would be an artist. I was drawing since I can remember and began casting my work into bronze when I was seventeen. Three decades later, I am still doing it – and I intend to never stop. As much as I try to avoid labeling myself, I am a figurative artist in everything I do. The figure to me is the perfect vehicle to communicate the human condition. My definition of success is to be a visionary through truthful and courageous artwork, work that communicates what it feels like to be alive in the world today. I keep moving my work forward by questioning, observing, looking for truth and searching for clarity. My goal is to have the courage to create what feels real, not necessarily beautiful, in order to create lasting, fine art."