Bradley Theodore’s career has been unstoppable. He knows his sh*t. He knows what and how he is doing and where he’s going. His art-works are truly unique and you can spot his signature technique. That’s why he has gained attention from everyone: collectors, critics, galleries and even major brands are queueing up to collaborate with him. He’s the James Dean of arts, a rebel with a cause. We got an insight into his story:
MR Theodore! A short film about your life was launched earlier this year at the Tribecca Film Festival with great success. How did it feel? How was the filming process?
It felt very great to get some recognition for the work I’ve been doing, especially when it’s a dark, kind of non-traditional art, not within the establishment. A kind of disrupted form of art. That felt really great. And the filming process was quite easy, you know? I have a strict work schedule so we would take time off for 1-2 things. And I also document everything that I do, I record videos. So yeah, it was a good process.
The documentary is announced with the statement “two years ago, artist Bradley Theodore didn’t know how to paint”. What triggered your new career?
I just felt frustration for the system, like how things are changing but not in a good way. So I want to do something that I can control. And I still use technology in a way for sharing video and stuff like that but it felt like the world was going in a direction I didn’t want to be a part of so paint was my escape.
How on Earth does one go from not knowing how to paint, to creating and mastering a whole new technique & style?
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by people, travel and just, you know, nature and “unnature”, just looking at things. I also have a large book collection. I have about 4 feet of books: philosophy, art… so I also get inspired from that.
What do you pursue to show with your art? Is there a message?
Yeah, the message is just “look within”.
You’re known for painting in the streets so that everyone can enjoy your art, which is amazing. However, have you created any art-works that you wouldn’t sell and would rather keep in your personal collection?
Yeah, I actually have a personal collection. I just put it in Drean Downtown Hotel on 16th street so now people can actually see these pieces. They’re not for sale, they’re just hanging in my wall.
With whom would it be your dream to work with?
Who are you thankful for?
I’m thankful for my mother, my friend Abdur, Jane; just people who have helped me throughout this process.
One of the images I love is that image of the Louvre prior to it becoming a museum, it was where artists would just hang their paintings and they would display their art and people would give feedback. You had walls and walls of paintings. To see that image with my art is one of my dreams.
Do you feel free to create?
I think so. I put myself in a strict plan when I work, but I pretty much can do what I want.
My advice for upcoming artists? Art is part of economy. They should learn about economics, really brush-up your math skills, your social skills and your technology skills. We’re not in the world of yesterday, we’re in the world of today, which is a complex world, so artists have to do things they didn’t know they would have to do; making sure that they’re getting paid, investing money. You know these things all kinda go together.
PHOTO CREDIT: RAY YAU
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