Cycles
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Cycles

Cycles | Bronze

Third Life-Size | 35" x 22" x 15" | Edition of 15

Half Life-Size | 65.5" x 44" x 24" | Edition of 15
 

What do you do when you encounter something so stirring and beautiful and yet completely unexpected… what do you do, or rather…. what do you say?  Paige Bradley is unafraid to experiment with new ideas in form and function in bronze. Cycles is another example of boundaries being pushed via symbolism and metaphor.  Life is constantly evolving, revolving around the ideas of birth-death-renewal, exemplified in the female form. The rings are not literal rings but instead windows into the soul, moving constantly forward without end…. This is demonstrably true in the work and life of Paige Bradley. What do you say… we say we are proud to represent such an artist.

“This new era of woman is a fit and physical type of woman. But this piece is about having fun, and becoming playful, not just athletic. Moreover Cycles is about our perception of femininity and how a woman cycles through life into new perceptions of herself. Life is always evolving and often it happens within a single lifetime. Here we are; moving from a physicality that our previous generation could not imagine, into a realm of childlike playfulness. Here, fitness is only a bonus and focusing on things that make us feel happy and free is the goal. Think of the ring not literally, but as a window into the soul. And the Cycles continue on…” ~ Paige Bradley

 

SKU: PB-WEB-012 Artist: Tag:
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."