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BLAIR BRADSHAW

Blair Bradshaw's paintings and constructions tend to focus on the graphic simplifications of larger, more complicated systems.  Whether it's the periodic table or cartoonish illustrations of war planes, submarines and tanks, the bulk of his work often operates on two levels.   Initially a colorful representative iconography is presented.  Beyond that is the complicated and, sometimes, messy reality this iconography represents.  A rigid grid is commonly employed in these paintings - a crude  system in itself that attempts to tame the otherwise chaotic nature of the brush work found in each quadrant.

Employing paint, paper and small constructions Blair's work is reminiscent of the post abstract expressionists of the late 50's and early 60's while creating paintings relevant to our contemporary experience. Other than oil paint, the bulk of his materials are mined from everyday life:  canvas panels, phone books, common wire, matches and stove burners. 

“My work tends to rotate around exploring systems. Sometimes this comes in the form of iconography, city organizational tools like subway maps and most often, the periodic table. I can think of no system that so simply describes the parts of an unimaginably complex whole. “

Recently Blair's work has been featured in the New York Times and the new Absolute Vodka advertising Campaign.