THE ARTWORK OF BRADLEY THEODORE
words Aurelien Levitan
New York based painter and muralist Bradley Theodore is a man of presence. The soft spoken and thoughtful artist credits New York City for inspiring his now iconic murals filling downtown Manhattan’s streets.
In November 2013, Theodore's painting of the skeletal busts of Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld facing each other on Manhattan's Kenmare Street caught sartorial fans by storm. Since then, Theodore has steadily built his career, collaborating with household names like renowned French photographer Antoine Verglas for the June 2015 Raw Beauty exhibit or the September 2015 "live painting" event where Theodore and jeweler Alexis Bittar joined forces for the launch of a limited edition collection of colorful lucite jewelry.
"Son of the Soil", Theodore's first solo show was held in the UK at Maddox Gallery in Mayfair, April 28th 2016 to a maxed out opening. Theodore then returned to New York during NYC’s Fall Fashion Week for "The Bradley Theodore Experience", his first US solo exhibit held at ACA Galleries September 15.
Bradley Theodore's iconic Lower Manhattan murals are now spreading to the streets of Hong Kong, London, Oslo, Paris and Los Angeles.
"The Coronation", Theodore's third solo exhibit will be held at Maddox Gallery, April 2018.
You can follow Bradley Theodore on Instagram at @bradleytheodore
Damaged / Goods: When was the pivotal moment that made your career where it is today?
Bradley Theodore: November 2013 when I painted the skeletal busts of Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld on the wall of L'asso's pizza at the corner of Mott and Kenmare Street. L'asso's pizza was a starving artists hang out for years, I was friends with the owner.
Damaged: What made you want to become a painter?
Bradley: I studied computer graphics in New York at a very self led type of school guided by great teachers. I was always good at everything but not great. Painting is what I felt I excelled at.
Damaged: How has your upbringing in two very different cultures influenced your work?
Bradley: It's the fundamental corner stone. Seeing things differently with very colorful lenses
Damaged: How do you choose the locations for your murals?
Bradley: The locations pick themselves. The owners are either friends or mutual friends.
Damaged: Why all these iconic fashion faces?
Bradley: Because I used to hang out with these people back in the early 00's. One of the main hang out spot was Thierry Kléméniuk's Man Ray in Chelsea. David Bowie and Iman were there, Julian Schnabel, Johnny Depp etc.
Damaged: What do you love about fashion?
Bradley: I like to challenge myself. I love fashion because I find it to be the most creative and challenging Art form.
Damaged: What's your damage?
Bradley: Surviving the haters