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Uh Oh and Not Now Thanks, 2019 Ply, acrylic sheet, fabric
Michael Bradshaw works in response to collected ready-made items, which are mostly defunct or discarded parts of larger items and appliances.
Initially studying the objects’ intrinsic function and material properties through drawings, Bradshaw then replicates aspects of them altering their scale and materials and adding new features. Through this process the artist seeks to create new hybrid objects which justify their own existence, while still refencing their original form and functionality.
He combines the domestic with the industrial, the handmade with the machined and the functional with the domestic, in an attempt to understand the objects we surround ourselves with.
Michael Bradshaw’s artistic practice has developed over the past 5 years, since leaving a legal career. Bradshaw studied at Oaklands College before commencing his part-time degree at the University of Hertfordshire. His exhibition experience includes those connected with his studies, held at St Albans Cathedral, St Albans Town Hall and UH Art & Design Gallery.
Hertfordshire Open 2020
This artwork was selected for the first Hertfordshire Open Exhibition. The exhibition online galleries are hosted between www.uharts.co.uk and www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk and will be launched in stages throughout April 2020.
Over 180 artists with links to Hertfordshire submitted their work to be part of the inaugural exhibition. Chosen by an independent panel of judges, the exhibition features 80 stunning works by the 50 selected artists, creating an exciting mix of work by established artists alongside emerging talent and first-time exhibitors.
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