Brad Aldridge is an accomplished and passionate artist. His work has been exhibited across the country for over two decades and is widely collected. Aldridge’s paintings capture the allure of picturesque landscapes found all over the world. His work revolves around the concept of deep metaphors revealed in nature, along with the life lessons that can be learned from them.
Aldridge recalls himself always being attracted to the power of nature. As the youngest of six, Aldridge first started drawing when his mother was enrolled in art classes. He would sit and draw with her while she was working on her homework. The combination of his father’s position in the army, the frequent relocations, and his mother’s nostalgia for her home in the West influenced Aldridge to seek out the ideal landscape. As an adult his formal education only reinforced his desire to express the deeper meanings and metaphors uncommonly associated with the simplicity of “pretty” landscapes. He wants to not only express how he views peaceful meandering streams and exquisite twilight horizons, but also his personal feelings and perspectives on the world.
This idea of standpoint is one of the recurring themes and inspiration for his more recent works. In his new collection titled “Heaven and Earth,” Aldridge breaks from his traditional “worm’s eye” point of view and instead, chooses an elevated perspective. His work embraces the exquisite beauty and subtle intricacy of nature with subdued color schemes and soft, pleasant scenery of European vistas, serene fields, and winding roads and rivers. Aldridge’s paintings leave his audience with feelings of hope, tranquility, and peaceful solidarity.
In enthusiastic anticipation for his upcoming show at Bonner David Galleries, we personally spoke with Aldridge to get the inside scoop on the inspiration for “Heaven and Earth” and the metaphors that lie within. Here is what he shared:
Bonner David: What is your intention for this new change in perception?
Aldridge: I wanted to explore the idea of creation, or the heroic landscape. When you become elevated one has the opportunity to experience it as if you were composing or creating it yourself, the “creator’s eye view.” This perspective challenges the viewer to ponder on questions of creation and the relationship between Heaven and Earth.
Bonner David: Why “Heaven and Earth” not “Heaven on Earth?”
Aldridge: I supposed “Heaven on Earth” is more literal, but “Heaven and Earth” brings more mystery and leaves the paintings more open to interpretation. The audience can look for deeper symbolism and ideals. It’s like a dialogue between the world we live in versus our ideal world; the conversation between the two.
Bonner David: What are some of the metaphors that will be present in the “Heaven and Earth” collection?
Aldridge: “Heaven and Earth,” animal remains and the inherent danger of mortality, the vulnerability of being alone, exquisite beauty, subtle intricacy of nature, and hope for a new.
“In spite of a long hard winter, spring comes again.” ~Brad Aldridge
Aldridge is featured in this month’s issue of American Art Collector (to read the full article click here Brad Aldridge-AAC). The opening reception for “Heaven and Earth” will be held at Bonner David Galleries (Map) on January 28, 2010 from 6-9pm. If you are in the area we hope you stop by to experience this stunning new collection in person.
If you would like to receive more information about Brad Aldridge or to obtain a preview of the upcoming collection please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 480.941. 8500.