Aidan Bradley

Aidan Bradley was born in 1961 and lives in Dublin. This fine landscape and architectural painter works mainly in oils but also has interest in the area of printmaking. He draws his inspiration from the historical features of Dublin, be it a Georgian streetscape, capturing the variety and richness of the door surrounds, the classical colonnade of a Church, a red bricked Edwardian Terrace or the contrasting raw landscape of rural Ireland, particularly Achill Island and the Cork coastline with shortline cottages. He has a competency with oil paint, the ability to handle it in a fluid impasto palette, in his distinctive loose painterly style, with a pleasing lightness of touch, creating his response to this formal structure and its elements. His keen eye picks out and portrays an interesting angle of the scene before him; solid forms emerge from deep shadow and light, using a subtle change of tone. His passage of light to shade is different in every painting, each colour unfolding its scale of values in gradual stages, some structures just hinted at, be it railings, gable ends, steps, a lofty spire or a windswept distant dwelling. Bradley studied at the Dun Laoghaire College of Art & Design 1985 – 1986 and graduated from the National College of Art & Design in 1989. He has been an exhibitor at The Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition through the 80’s. 90’s and this decade and was awarded “The RHA Carracciolo Medal” at the 2006 Annual Exhibition. He also exhibited at the Oireachtas in the ’80s and The Boyle Arts Festival in 2007. His work is in the permanent exhibitions of the Office of Public Works among many commisssions and is widely collected.

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