Dean Bradshaw was born in 1953 in Santa Monica, California. He won a scholarship to study at the Art Center in Los Angeles, but chose medical school at UCLA instead. After working his way through school for a famous furniture maker in Beverly Hills, Dean Bradshaw decided to move to Utah, where he began making artistic handmade furniture and painting portraiture for prominent families.
Dean Bradshaw started showing his paintings in Park City galleries in 1980, and won a Silver Medal at the Springville National Salon in 1980 for a plein air landscape. After developing his furniture business, Dean decided to return to full-time painting.
Dean Bradshaw works in oil using both brushes and palette knife to render compelling landscapes. He states that for him, it became a spontaneous way of painting with thick paint and a lot of color giving him the ability to paint with emotion rather than being completely technical.
In his paintings Dean Bradshaw seeks to achieve abstract quality using recognizable shapes. He works plein air, relying on his good memory and photographs for minimal reference.
“Painting directly from nature means the world to me. It opens up new dimensions in the way I see light and color and deepens my appreciation for nature and life as a whole,” explains Bradshaw.
TEXTURE AND COLOR
Known for his strong textures and saturated colors, Bradshaw makes up his own hues, often heightening them, yet remains true to nature. He begins each piece with a pencil sketch to ensure the design is pleasing. From there he applies thick layers of paint while referring to his photos in editing the composition.
“When I come across a scene it’s because of its strong design element and dramatic lighting. I like to do deep aspen interiors, because the range of subtle colors makes an overall unified harmonious painting,” notes Bradshaw. “It takes a lot of driving and hiking to find that one great scene.”
Golden Splendor, for example, comprises thick brushstrokes with all the complexities of light and design and color-all which inspire Bradshaw’s work.
“I drew my inspiration from the stunning glow of the yellows and oranges that permeate the scene,” says Bradshaw. “I’m hoping the collector is awed by nature’s majestic palette of color.”