Featured Artist Carl H. Bradford

Artist Carl H. Bradford’s recent mixed media works focus on jazz, telling a visual story about the artists and their music. Learn more by visiting his website.

 

"Miles Davis Kinda Blue" Ink, Watercolor, Pastel, Pencil and Conte on Paper, 25" x 38" by artist Carl H. Bradford. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Miles Davis Kinda Blue” Ink, Watercolor, Pastel, Pencil and Conte on Paper, 25″ x 38″

 

My name is Carl H. Bradford III. I’m a bit of a creative idealist when it comes to my work. I surround myself with the many creative efforts of classic jazz and up and coming jazz musicians, bouncing between the older classics and the new. I feel I have a vast array of inspiration with all the past and present music available.

 

"Ron Carter" Ink, Watercolor, Pastel, Pencil and Conte on Paper, 25" x 38" by artist Carl H. Bradford. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Ron Carter” Ink, Watercolor, Pastel, Pencil and Conte on Paper, 25″ x 38″

 

Once I have that music in my ears, it inspires me to create my jazz works on paper. I search everywhere for jazz imagery, or I look in my own personal image collection for that perfect shot.

 

"Craig Shaw One" Ink, Watercolor, Pastel, Pencil and Conte on Paper, 25" x 38" by artist Carl H. Bradford. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Craig Shaw One” Ink, Watercolor, Pastel, Pencil and Conte on Paper, 25″ x 38″

 

As a graphic designer, I have been influenced by years of editorial image searches. I then hone in on an artist who is fully engaged in deep, musical thought.

 

"Craig Shaw Two" Ink, Watercolor, Pastel, Pencil and Conte on Paper, 25" x 38" by artist Carl H. Bradford. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Craig Shaw Two” Ink, Watercolor, Pastel, Pencil and Conte on Paper, 25″ x 38″

 

This is what pushes me to create the many layers that I call my JazzArt.

 

"Joe Grandsden" Ink, Watercolor, Pastel, Pencil and Conte on Paper, 25" x 38" by artist Carl H. Bradford. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Joe Gransden” Ink, Watercolor, Pastel, Pencil and Conte on Paper, 25″ x 38″

 

My works can be subtle or dynamic, having color, texture and execution options. They are free flowing or graphic in nature.

 

"Roy Hargrove" Ink, Watercolor, Pastel, Pencil and Conte on Paper, 25" x 37" by artist Carl H. Bradford. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Roy Hargrove” Ink, Watercolor, Pastel, Pencil and Conte on Paper, 25″ x 37″

 

I work in a mixed medium approach using coffee grounds, watercolors, inks, dyes, pencils and pastels. I lock down each pass of the pastels with fixative, then add the next layer of emotion and color.

 

"Esperanze Spaulding" Ink, Watercolor, Pastel, Pencil and Conte on Paper, 25" x 38" by artist Carl H. Bradford. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Esperanze Spaulding” Ink, Watercolor, Pastel, Pencil and Conte on Paper, 25″ x 38″

 

For many years, I blended my multi-colored wash backgrounds with metallic inks and dyes. This gave me a background on which to rest, or to pull out, the figurative features in my compositions. This visually abstracted the coloring and highlights of my subjects.

 

"Baggage" Ink, Watercolor, Pastel, Pencil and Conte on Paper, 30" x 40" by artist Carl H. Bradford. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Baggage” Ink, Watercolor, Pastel, Pencil and Conte on Paper, 30″ x 40″

 

For the past six years, I have done the reverse—locking the features into the top layers with the background layers blended around the subjects.

 

"Cindy Blackman-Santana" Ink, Watercolor, Pastel, Pencil and Conte on Paper, 25" x 38" by artist Carl H. Bradford. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Cindy Blackman-Santana” Ink, Watercolor, Pastel, Pencil and Conte on Paper, 25″ x 38″

 

Though I’m still experimenting with new approaches, color techniques, formats and executions, I see myself capturing or recording the history of jazz for a new generation of traditionalists.

 

Artist Carl Bradford. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Artist Carl Bradford

 

The only way to survive is to evolve. The only way to evolve is to be creative.

 

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Comments

  1. http://Lydia%20Houston says

    Amazing work and profound article! So happy that you are sharing your talents with the world. We are blessed to have worked with you and experienced you coolness and creativity firsthand. God bless you !

  2. Beautiful portraits. The Roy Hargrove is A-mazing! Great feature!

    • Thank you for the comment! I have loved Roy’s music I think I have most of his stuff! Jazz world was devastated when he passed away. I so enjoy capturing these amazing artists! I always have more every month on my site!

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