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Portraits, Paintings & Murals by Brad Robson

For gorgeous and unique portraits, paintings, and murals, contact renowned Australian abstract artist Brad Robson at brad.robson@gmail.com

I used to think that the best way to describe my work, process and the direction of my artistic intentions was to use the word Freedom. It is not that the aspect of being free, or the possibility of what true freedom can hold, isn’t still a part of who I am as an artist, but as my work evolves, so does my view of this liberty.
— Brad Robson
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Brad Robson - Fine Artist & Muralist

 

Biography

Brad Robson (b. 1976) is an abstract painter and muralist based out of Sydney, Australia. He divides his time between working out of his studio in Marrickville and participating in residencies and exhibitions in Europe and the United States.

Robson is known for his vivid and evocative colour palette, his abstract portraiture, and the intensity of movement within each piece. As a self-taught artist, he is drawn to expressionism, using his work as a portal to explore deep rooted perceptions – both societal and introspective. 

His most recent projects include; a commanding 14-metre-high portrait in a rural district of Barcelona, illustrations in the upcoming Australian feature film, The School, and an unmissable mural in Los Angeles, commissioned by the Vintage Los Feliz Theatre, which stands to attention on the exterior wall of the cinema. 

Recently, Robson left his impression on a roof top wall in NYC, 6 stories high looking out over the Lower East Side – a monochromatic reflection of a city whose gaze seems to look out through rose tinted glasses. 


Artist Statement

My work has become a dissection of Freedom. And, although that may seem as if it defies the notion of what being Free actually is, my perspective is an accumulation of everything I see, and of everything I believe. It is all calibres, shapes and sizes that makes up my ability to exist in an unfettered state. My process has eagerly become a channelling of instinctive vision. It’s a way for me to see, and to see even further.

Whether it is an abstract portrait, a large mural, or a sketch, there is always a sense of urgency in both the finished product and in the journey to arrive there. I aim to blur the lines which I feel are hurdles – the ones that get in the way of authenticity or the reality behind creating. I want to tear the fabric between the reflections of ourselves and the way in which the world perceives us.

Urban spaces, the human psyche and pop-culture are all key influences in my work, but these symbols tend to emerge out of immediacy. I’m caught in a perpetual need to connect to all stimuli outside of myself. My work is a reminder that we are all expecting everything to reach an end point, that we are waiting to make some sort of judgement, and then the realisation that everything continues. I want my work to live in that moment of fluidity. 

Change is constant, and nothing stays the same – this is a personal truth that propels my portraiture into abstraction. For me, a good piece will take over and begin to create itself. I always see this as a vehicle for growth, a way to tap into my most authentic self, and to make some magic. Instinctive magic.

My paintings are also a demonstration to myself that I must to be willing to risk it all in order for my work to reach its ultimate potential. I’m never scared to fuck it up because, with a fear of that kind, the painting won’t reach its truest form. My portraits speak of a universal connection as I distort the lines between recognizable faces and the abstract - between reality and someone you might be - between dreams of past and present.

As a self-taught painter, I’m constantly challenging myself, learning new techniques and methods, dedicating time to research and mastering new skills...and then turning it all on its head again.