Lot 5 - Flora Bradwell - Pining
Acrylic on Paper
Signed on Verso
Curated by Louise Fitzjohn
A compulsion towards the carnivalesque and a vibrant trashy aesthetic are key to Flora Bradwell's playful practice. Encompassing painting, sculpture, video and performance Flora's work revels in the generously grotesque, using camp and theatrics to demonstrate the ridiculousness of patriarchal systems. Flora completed her BA in Painting at City & Guilds of London Art School in 2009 and her MFA at The Slade School of Fine Art in 2021; receiving the The Felix Slade Award, The Jeanne Szego Prize and Sarabande Emerging Artist Bursary. Flora's work has been exhibited, screened and performed internationally including at the Saatchi Gallery, The Whitechapel Gallery, The Nunnery Gallery and The Royal Academy of Arts in London and at SIM, Reykjavik, Zaratan, Lisbon and Future DMND, LA. Flora also curates and is currently Co-Director of Bad Art.
Graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art MFA in 2021 and City & Guilds of London Art School in 2009.
Selected Exhibitions/ Awards
2023 Gilbert Bayes Award Fleshy Magic, Somers Gallery, London 2022 ME2U, The Nunnery Gallery, London We're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat, Slash Arts, London Best of BF Artist Film Festival, Whitechapel Gallery, London Let Them Eat Fake (CURATORIAL), The Bomb Factory, London In Bloom, Future DMND, Los Angeles Skin of Your Teeth, The Crypt Gallery, London Snakes on a Picture Plane, UK Mexican Arts Society, London 2021 Jeanne Szego Prize Sarabande Bursary Prize 3D Women, Platform Southwark, London London Grads Now, Saatchi Gallery, London Luminous Bodies, Cyprus College of Art, Paphos Feeling both things at once, UK Mexican Arts Society, London Hot Air (CURATORIAL), Manor Place Warehouse, London Tehom, SIM Gallery, Reykjavik 2019 Felix Slade Award Summer Pleasure Garden, Royal Academy, London Cartoons and Cereal, Offshoot Gallery, London Raw Materials: Plastics, Nunnery Gallery, London Creekside Open, APT Gallery, London Pulling Teeth, ASC Gallery, London
Statement about Works Submitted for Auction
This playful series of archway paintings visit reoccurring characters in Flora Bradwell's work: The Vagina Dentata hybrid, the tubular eyeball phalanges and hairy knock kneed mountains. Bursting with colour and pattern these vibrant works revel in paint as much as they do in teasing narrative possibility.
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