Conflagrations – Shane Bradford


Edition of 16
Oil, acrylic and resin on wood, 12x10x12cm (approx.)


Building a bonfire is akin to building a sculpture. Both require aesthetic judgement and careful placement of the items at hand. Always the same, always unique, each one brings out the artist in its maker, whether the maker is aware of it or not.
The ‘Conflagration’ edition of 16 scaled-down bonfires by Shane Bradford straddle the divide between 2 and 3 dimensions, whilst zooming in on the micro-drama of paint. The Conflagrations demonstrate a new twist on Bradford’s customary dipping method as well as a painterly penchant for abstract narratives. Since mankind mastered fire, a high value has been placed on this natural technology.