BRAD ROBSON is a painter and muralist based out of Sydney, Australia. He divides his time working out of his studio in Marrickville and participating in residencies and exhibitions in Europe and the United States. He is represented (USA wide) by Woodward Gallery in New York City.
At the very start of his career, Robson began illustrating for a surf brand. He spent the majority of his twenties avidly experimenting with, and developing, his personal and artistic visual elements within his creative production. With experience and interest in both music and visual art, Robson began sharing his combined passion by teaching album-sleeve design at the Commercial Arts Training College in Sydney. He then completed his first artist-in-residence program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Robson had his first solo exhibition with the Berlin Collective in Red Hook, Brooklyn where he displayed abstracts and ‘street scenes.’ In 2015 Robson gained inclusion at Woodward Gallery in NYC, where his work is often hung beside Pollack and Warhol.
Robson’s most recent projects include a 14 metre-high portrait in a rural district of Barcelona, illustrations in the upcoming Australian feature film, The School, a massive commissioned mural on the exterior wall of Vintage Los Feliz Theatre in Los Angeles, and a three-piece painted series on display in the windows of Woodward Gallery.
Intuitive, unfettered and free, for Brad Robson, art is synonymous with the process of channeling an instinctive vision.
Robson’s emotive portraits and vibrant cityscapes are a snapshot of a moment in time, a thought on what it means to be present. Urban spaces, the human psyche and pop-culture are key influences in Robson's painting, but these symbols emerge out of the immediacy of his process.
Exploring the impermanent nature of human existence, the expressionist execution in the faces Robson paints illustrates the truth; that change is constant and nothing stays the same.
“I’m caught in a perpetual need to connect to all stimuli outside of myself, that of which is in a continual flux. It’s like we are all expecting it all to stop so we can make our final judgements. Then we realise that this will never happen.”
For Robson, a good piece will take over and begin to create itself. Whether a fractured portrait or an abstract landscape, Robson doesn’t fully know how a painting will look when it’s finished.
Through this sense of urgency Robson injects life into his paintings, using expressive and lucid brush strokes, the images takes on it’s own journey for the viewer.
“It’s a vehicle for growth, a way to tap into my real self and make magic, magic that comes from the depths of my deepest instinct, it’s the blood in my veins, it’s the sun on my face. Without it, I’m just like a shadow of what I could have been.”
Robson believes that he has to be willing to risk it all in order for the painting to reach it’s ultimate potential and highest purpose.
“I can’t be scared to fuck it up, because that risks something far greater - the painting never reaching its truest form.”
Robsons portraits speak of a universal connection as he blurs the lines between recognizable faces and the abstracted. Between reality and someone you will or might be one day. Between dreams past and present time. Terrors. Hopes. Dreams…. There are many facets of the human condition. What is behind the eyes? What a person has gone through and how they’ve connected with life and those around them.
“There is a light in the dark as well. We live in a society where we are in heaven and hell everyday. We choose to stay in heaven OR hell - daily. I believe that there is no such thing as a hell we go to. We are either in it or not on a daily basis. Whether it’s anxiety, depression, love or joy.”
A purely self taught painter, Robson is constantly challenging himself, learning new techniques and methods, dedicating time to research and mastering new skills… and then turning it all on it’s head again.
2013 - July: “New Works” Solo show, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sydney
2013 - March/April: “Blindsight” Solo Exhibition, Brooklyn Gallery, NY
2013 - March: “To Deny Our Nothingness” Group show, Gallery Brooklyn, NY
2014 - December: “Together Alone" Solo show, Create Or Die, Sydney. NSW
2015 - March: Solo show as part of Spectrum Now Festival. Three Williams Cafe, Redfern, Sydney. NSW
2015 - May: "Ghost Project" Woodward Gallery, New York City.
2015 - May: “Soho Exhibition” Woodward Gallery, New York City.
2015 - June: “Four Seasons NYC” Woodward Gallery, New York City.
2013 - July: “Run, Rabit, Run” Group show, Westside Gallery, NYC
2013 - February: “33 Degress” Group Show, Kaleidoscope, Sydney, NSW
2012 - September: Art EXPO, exhibition. Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
2012 - March: Platform 72, exhibition. Oxford Street, Sydney, NSW
2011 – June/July: School of Visual Arts, New York City. Study/Residency - Illustration and Visual storytelling.