Don Bradshaw

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Don Bradshaw, born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1961, grew up on the outskirts amidst the new city’s contrasting desert and farmlands. Prior to receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Abilene Christian University in painting and printmaking, Bradshaw traveled the southern states, living in Arkansas and Texas. He now works in his northwest valley studio focusing primarily on monotypes and paintings. Influenced by the landscapes of Texas and Arizona, the artist’s early works offered a unique perspective on the patterns and contours of the plowed and etched fields of those southern states. The earlier landscapes have evolved into two current directions. One style has taken a more traditional route with an impressionistic feel. The other draws only from the abstract shapes and elements of earlier landscapes, putting the emphasis on the contrasting colors and shapes found in nature. Bradshaw’s work brilliantly blends the rich colors of the earth. The images are able to capture the movement of light with the use of color. Bradshaw says he “uses the landscape as an excuse to play with colors, exaggerating the greens, the reds, …and heightening the contrasts seen in nature. The process of painting is a matter of building with color and light, layering of the color fields to develop the depth and the artist’s perception of the subject.” The richness of his monotypes is achieved by the blending of similar color fields together. Blended first with the inks and then with pastels and watercolors after the piece is printed-these help to both soften the blends and aid in accenting the sharpened contrasting forms that create the composition. His work can be found in corporate, government, and private collections nationwide.

 

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