Brad Robson describes himself as an abstract painter and muralist. But stand beneath one of his monolithic works and you get the feeling that there must be some grander term to describe what he does. Painting seems too delicate and large-scale does no justice to the presence they have in their urban environments.
As a self-taught artist, Brad’s practice is a continuous process of research-based experimentation in which scale is defied and urgency is potent. Brad says his work has become a dissection of freedom in which public perception and self-reflection are challenged. With a vivid colour palette and an unconventional selection of tools the artist constantly reinvents his practice by introducing new techniques, materials and contexts for his work. Urban spaces, the human psyche and pop-culture are all major influences for Robson and while he originally studied graphic design and illustration, expressionist abstract painting has become his passion.
Brad paints to live and to feel alive, he says, “I’m never scared to fuck it up because, with a fear of that kind, the painting won’t reach its truest form.” His work exists in the spaces in between. The fluidity of the instant moment between recognition and abstraction; reality and potential; past and present is a constant muse for Brad.