Recycled Toy Sculptures by Robert Bradford
Recycled Toy Sculptures by Robert Bradford. British artist Robert Bradford creates his life-size sculptures of humans and animals from discarded plastic items, mainly toys but also other colorful plastic bits and pieces, such as combs and buttons, brushes and parts of clothes pegs. Some of the sculptures contain pieces from up to 3,000 toys and sell for US$19,000. Ideas come from a wide variety of sources, and include: psycho-therapeutic concepts (the artist practiced as a therapist for several years); the culture and climate of the time; physical experiments with matter and things – everything from fire to paint to objects to past and present aesthetics and styles. People and other species, synthetic and natural worlds. All materials are potential sculpture, they are dealt with in a non-hierarchical way.
Robert was resident in Cornwall for seven years. He moved to France in April 2011. He has exhibited widely and has work in public and private collections in Europe America and the Emirates. Robert work tends to follow groups of ideas in series’ in both 2D and 3D. Much of Robert’s work can be treated either as single pieces or can be grouped together to form larger 2D or 3D progressions / installations.