We feel honored to feature Bradford Stewart (to us, he's Brad) as our first Los Angeles Artist. Our relationship with Brad goes back many years to our original showroom, where we began as neighbors and ended as family.
Brad's work requires little in the way of introduction. He is widely collected (as his Bio below will attest to), is highly regarded in and out of the Art community, and unknown to most of you, is one of the kindest, most affable people you will ever meet.
Our singular reason for featuring him first? Despite Brad's success, he remains a working Artist. That also means that if you call him, he will call you back. When you engage him for a project, you will work with him directly. His years of experience and robust portfolio also means that he can and will achieve your client's greatest desires.
If you have a large space to fill, Brad will simply impress.
Thank you, Brad!
Bradford Stewart Bio
Bradford Stewart is an abstract painter living and working in Los Angeles. As a former composer and professional musician, his work is inspired by contemporary jazz, ethnic and avant-garde music.
Stewart is one of the top-selling artists in Southern California, and his work is specified internationally by designers, architects, and art consultants. His paintings are commissioned for a wide variety of projects, and his work is used in the television and film industry.
In the summer of 2015, Francois Pinault, one of the foremost art collectors in the world, paid a visit to Stewart’s studio, purchasing three paintings, all of which incorporated the use of a wide range of materials, including fabrics and tapestries. Pinault was particularly taken by the large scale of Stewart’s work; the two discussed Stewart’s process of building surfaces, the sense of depth, and the pearlescent vibrancy of the work. “Mr. Pinault is as interested in the artists he collects, as the work itself, which I think is pretty incredible.” - Stewart.
Although Stewart transitioned from music to the visual arts nearly 25 years ago, music continues to play a significant role in his life. “Listening to music puts me in a mindset that is more spatially oriented and seems to help me gain access to creative possibilities, with a minimum of conscious thought.”
What separates Stewart from many other artists is the importance he places on the layering of materials. By his use of dozens of transparent, translucent, and pearlescent washes, the paintings have an extraordinarily lush, vibrant, and alive quality. “The way in which light interacts with the surfaces places emphasis on the proper use of lighting. Spotlights help illuminate the reflective quality of the materials I use, and without it, the work can appear very flat or dull looking. I like the paintings to have a shimmering effect, which can add a hue of color and vibrancy to the environment.”