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Paige Bradley is an American sculptor known for representative figurative bronzes. Bradley became popularly known for her sculpture concept, Expansion, a work of bronze and electricity depicting a woman's figure in a cross-legged position with light emanating from cracks in her body, originally photographed in 2004 against a Manhattan skyline.
Paige Bradley is a classically trained American sculptor living and working in London, England. In 2001 Bradley was voted into the National Sculpture Society, as a professional sculptor. In 2006 Ballet International Foundation commissioned her to create a bronze award to be given annually at major international competitions. Her piece “Freedom Bound” was installed in the lobby of the new Dance Complex at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, when it opened in 2008.
Early life and education
Born 1974 in Carmel, California, Bradley knew from an early age that she wanted to become an artist. A high school teacher noticed her talent and encouraged her to enter a local competition, for which she cast her first bronze – the winning entry – at the age of 17.
Bradley received a full scholarship to study art at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. She enrolled in 1992. As part of the Pepperdine curriculum, Bradley spent her sophomore year studying abroad in Florence, Italy. But the program offered no studio art classes, so she took night drawing classes at the Florence Academy to keep her skills sharp. Upon returning to the U.S. in 1994, Bradley left Pepperdine and entered into what would be a ten-year apprenticeship with sculptor Richard MacDonald. She began by performing the most menial tasks and eventually worked with him on large projects, such as The Flair, which was commissioned for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. During that time, she also enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
- St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, Minnesota
- Point Park University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, Connecticut
- David A. Straz Jr., Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa, Florida
- Royal Brompton Hospital, London, England
Awards and recognition
- 2014 - Marilyn Newmark Memorial, American Artist's Professional League 86th Grand National Exhibition
- 2013 - Best Sculpture (Expansion), Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition
- 2011 - Best of Show, American Women Artists
- 2011 - Lindsey Morris Memorial Award, Allied Artists of America, Annual Juried Exhibition
- 2009 - Gold Medal of Honor, Allied Artists of America, Annual Juried Exhibition
- 2006 - Third Place Award, 4th Annual A.R.C. Salon, Online International Exhibition
- 2005 - Lindsey Morris Memorial Award, Allied Artists of America Show
- 2004 - Leonard Meiselman Memorial Award, Pen and Brush
- 2004 - Third Place Award, Women Artists of the West
- 2003 - Young Sculptor Award, Viselaya Sculpture Competition
- 1997 - Ramborger Prize, Outstanding Achievement at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
- 1996 - Stewardson Award, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
- 1989-1992 - California Arts Scholars Medal, California State (award to high school talent)
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- Feats of Clay, WAG Magazine, November 2016
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- Top 25 Creative Sculptures Around the World, themindunleashed, 2014
- Naples Academy of Ballet, Naples Illustrated 2009
- Sculpture Installed, The Point Magazine, Winter 2008
- Exhibit at Point Park Gallery Impressive, Pittsburgh Press, PA (Feb 24, 2010)
- The Visible Nude by Ellen Cutler, Sculpture Review, Summer 2008
- Ballet International Award created by Sculptor Paige Bradley
- Top Ten Artists to Watch, Art Business News, February 2004
- Perservance Pays Off, Monterey County Herald, Adventures Magazine, Winter/Spring 2002
- Sphere of Art, Lisa Crawford Watson, Monterey County Herald, May 1, 2001
- Paige Bradley, Lisa Crawford Watson, Monterey County Herald, April 21, 1996