All about the Artist
Steve Bradbury’s style has evolved over the past few years into an energetic fusion of vibrant colour and movement. Using oils, he strives to create a myriad of emotions through movement, reflections, light, shadow and the vibrant colours he picks out of a scene; whether it be a landscape, seascape, portrait, figurative or wildlife.
Inspired by his aviation background and seeing the vortices created from aircraft flying through clouds (and the effects of smoke trails in wind tunnels), he has developed a style of depicting the energy lines, his ‘squiggles’, around his subjects. These lines are motivated by the movement and energy he feels in each picture as he creates them, and from the memories and feelings of those places or people that he has visited, although he is also often influenced by the music he is listening to in his studio.
In 2017, Steve gave up a career in corporate restructuring to follow his true passion, fine art painting. He is now a full-time artist based in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin.
“I have recently made art my full-time profession, although I have always drawn and painted in my spare time, often working with other artists over the years, whether in a mentoring group or at workshops to help develop and redefine my style. There is nothing like painting every day within an idyllic coastal setting, however, to really focus the creative mind and leaving endless meetings a distant memory! In all of my paintings, I try to to develop a sense of emotion, through the use of contrasts in colour and light, combined with an element of motion and fluidity.”
Steve was born in Devon in 1970 and first studied Aeronautical Engineering before gaining a Masters in Business Administration, both at Cranfield University. He started out life as an aeromechanical systems engineer in the Royal Air Force before he set up a business consultancy in Cambridge, where he was drafted into help restructure companies and projects as diverse as the National Health Service, the Ministry of Defence, Twycross Zoo and the business aviation industry. In 2015, he was recruited for a contract in Blackrock Clinic and he moved to Ireland to live with his family.
“I used to doodle as a kid and remember that on a French exchange, the stepfather of the boy I was staying with was an artist and used to have a large sheet of paper in the toilet to draw on and we would draw caricatures of each other. It was his inspiration that really got me enthused with art, which I have continued to do for the subsequent 35 years or so.”
9th – 15th March 2020 – Solo Exhibition, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Pop-Up, Dun Laoghaire.
21st – 27th September 2020 – Solo Exhibition, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Pop-Up, Dun Laoghaire.
19th – 25th October 2020 – Solo Exhibition, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Pop-Up, Dun Laoghaire.
23rd – 29th November 2020 – Solo Exhibition, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Pop-Up, Dun Laoghaire.
14th – 20th December 2020 – Solo Exhibition, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Pop-Up, Dun Laoghaire.
14th December 2019 – Artist at Home, Open Studio, York Road, Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin.
15th – 17th November 2019 – Art Source, RDS, Dublin.
27th May – 2nd June 2019 – Solo Exhibition, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Pop-Up, Dun Laoghaire.
22nd – 28th April 2019 – Solo Exhibition, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Pop-Up, Dun Laoghaire.
5th – 9th December 2018 – Gifted Fair, RDS, Dublin.
9th – 11th November 2018 – Art Source, RDS, Dublin.
19th – 22nd October 2018 – RMS Leinster Exhibition, The Royal St George Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire.
6th – 12th October 2018 – RMS Leinster Exhibition, National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire.