About the Artist

A little about Steve Bradbury

Steve Bradbury - Artist

For many years now, my wife and I had invested in art and we have an eclectic mix of artists and styles, that each create new emotions every day that we look at them; often bringing a smile or triggering a memory.

It was during our last house renovation (you can read more about that in this Irish Times article) and the need to fill empty wall space, that I decided to paint some local scenes to display on our walls and enhance our home.

It wasn’t long before I started taking orders from friends and family before realising that this was always my passion and I wanted to create something unique for everybody.

What do I do?

I paint local Irish landscapes, although not exclusively, with a contemporary and unique perspective. I work primarily in oils:

  • Compared to watercolour, acrylics, pastel and print, oil paints have more pigment in them, allowing richer, more vivid colors.
  • Oil is much more flexible and can be applied in thick layers, which I use to give a 3-dimensional effect.
  • Oil paintings will last well beyond my lifetime (and yours) and are very much a long-term investment.
  • I use my own medium recipe, which I add to the oil paint, that gives the paint more flexibility, and a glossier finish; it does take longer to dry though!
  • I paint every day and develop and learn new techniques and play with new tools as I go, which refines and enhances my style; like anything in life, the more you train, the better you become.
  • All of my paintings come in high-quality wood frames, are ready to hang and with a certificate of authenticity.
  • I also sell Fine Art Giclée Prints (replicas) of my artwork, both mounted and framed.
  • You can also come and visit me in the Studio; I don’t bite.

I wasn’t always an artist

Although I have loved to draw and paint since I was a child, this is not where my career started. I studied Aeromechanical Systems Engineering at University and began my career in the Royal Air Force as an Engineering Officer, travelling the world and getting to understand different cultures and ways of life. I became a Chartered Engineer, graduated with an MBA, qualified as a mountain expedition leader and gained my private pilot’s licence. I then set up a management consultancy business contracting in a diverse set of organisations such as the National Health Service, Ministry of Defence, a number of private aviation businesses and Twycross Zoo, working from locations in Cambridge, Oxford, London and Dublin. I moved to Dublin permanently in April 2015 and took on a General Management Role in Blackrock Clinic. In December 2017, I gave up a career in corporate management to become a full-time artist.

Exhibitions

Upcoming Exhibitions

None Scheduled, but watch this space.

Past Exhibitions

4th – 10th July 2022 – Solo Exhibition, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Pop-Up, Dun Laoghaire.

29th November – 12th December 2021 – Solo Exhibition, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Pop-Up, Dun Laoghaire.

20th – 26th September 2021 – Solo Exhibition, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Pop-Up, Dun Laoghaire.

21st – 27th June 2021 – 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.

23rd – 29th November 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.

21st – 27th September 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.