About Bradford Stewart
Bradford Stewart is an abstract painter living and working in Los Angeles.
As a former composer and professional musician, his work is inspired by
Contemporary jazz, ethnic and avant-garde music.
Stewart is one of the top-selling artists in Southern California, and his work
is specified internationally by designers, architects, and art consultants. His
paintings are commissioned for a wide variety of projects, and his work is used
in the television and film industry.
In the summer of 2015 Francois Pinault one of the foremost art collectors in
the world, paid a visit to Stewart’s studio, purchasing three paintings all of
which incorporated the use of a wide range of materials, including fabrics
and tapestries. Pinault was particularly taken by the large scale of
Stewart’s work, the two discussed Stewart’s process of building
surfaces, the sense of depth and the pearlescent vibrancy of the work.
“Mr. Pinault is as interested in the artists he collects, as the work itself, which I
think is pretty incredible.” - Stewart.
Although Stewart transitioned from music to the visual arts nearly 25 years ago, music
continues to play a significant role in his life. “Listening to music puts me in
a mindset that is more spatially oriented and seems to help me gain access to
the creative possibilities, with a minimum of conscious thought.”
What separates Stewart from many other artists is the importance he places on
the layering of materials. By his use of dozens of transparent, translucent, and pearlescent
washes, the paintings have an extraordinarily lush, vibrant and alive quality.
“The way in which light interacts with the surfaces, places an emphasis on the proper use
of lighting. Spot lights help illuminate the reflective quality of the materials
I use, and without it, the work can appear very flat or dull looking. I like the paintings to have
a shimmering effect, which can add a hue of color and vibrancy to the environment.”