Blair Bradshaw

Oil Painting

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 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. "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". Blair is happy to entertain the idea of commissions.