Betsy Bradley West Midlands, United Kingdom
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I am an artist currently based in Coventry/Birmingham. My practice is a fluid entity rooted in painting that moves between sculpture, installation and interactive elements. The work deals with the immediacy of gesture and mark making, as well as the transient nature of materials and their hierarchical connotations within painting, proposing a utilitarian notion of the medium.

I consider my practice a fluid entity that embodies painting as a life force. My infatuation with the meditative nature of mark making forms a dialogue between body and mind. Driven by surprise, I deliberately stop at moments that lie on the cusp of becoming. Impulsive gesture enables the paint to take on its own agency and records an energy beyond its physical form.

Informed by my immediate surroundings, I incorporate found and reclaimed elements that speak of the reality of existing sustainably as an artist. These unconventional materials also question the hierarchical connotations of traditional painting. Transparent supports are a new development that consider the immersive potential of mark making.

The interactive aspects of my work animate painting, freeing it from its static confines. Playfully reversing the role of artwork and object, I propose a utilitarian, sculptural notion of a medium that exists within ever-changing conditions.

Artwork

Play Ground, Installation, 2018

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Super Noodle, Painting-sculpture, 2019

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Magic Eraser, Installation, 2018

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Sweepstake, Installation, 2018

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Orchestra, Painting, 2018

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Warrior, Painting, 2018

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Lyrical Tropes, Painting, 2018

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Interlude, Sculpture, 2019

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Tropicana Dreams, Painting-sculpture, 2019

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Swing to Utsuroi, Interactive sculpture, 2019

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Summer Camp, Interactive sculpture, 2019

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Benchmark, Interactive sculpture, 2019

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Satori, Painting, 2019

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False Relic, Painting, 2019

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Network, Painting-sculpture, 2019

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Totem, Painting, 2019

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New Wave, Painting, 2019

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Projects and exhibitions

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Coventry Biennial

04/10/2019 — 24/11/2019

The Row, Coventry Details

Summer Camp

27/08/2019 — 06/09/2019

Eastside Projects, Birmingham Details

Cosmic Fishing

13/07/2019 — 03/08/2019

Kosar Contemporary, Bristol Details

Made/Unmade

29/06/2019 — 19/09/2019

Derby QUAD, Derby Details

On The Subject of Precarity

03/05/2019 — 13/05/2019

Grand Union, Birmingham Details

Forward: New Art from Birmingham

23/01/2019 — 24/03/2019

Ikon at Medicine gallery, Birmingham Details

Live Laugh Love

06/01/2019 — 20/01/2019

Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham Details
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