“Bradley Theodore’s paintings are chromatic thunderstorms – at once exhilarating, incontrovertibly powerful and ever so slightly chilling” – GQ Magazine
Hailed as ‘Banksy meets Basquiat’ by Vogue’s International Editor Suzy Menkes, Theodore’s bold paintbrush strokes and stripped back skeletal figures have cemented him as one of the leading artists of his generation. Focusing heavily on the motif of the human skull, Theodore’s bold reimaginings and immortalisation of celebrities bring into question the price of fleeting fame and mortality in a way that is both hard-hitting and strangely enriching. “I grew up in a very psychotic neighbourhood. I was around death all the time–being involved in skateboarding and the alternative street kid world, it wasn’t something you were afraid of, it was something you embraced.”
Born in Turks and Caicos - an island group, east of Cuba - Bradley Theodore grew up in Miami before moving to New York City at the age of 17. Quickly immersing himself in the New York graffiti scene and drawing from the technique of tattooing — ‘all the colours layer on layer’ — Theodore spent years coming up with ingenious ways of stencilling and spray painting around the city, honing his signature abstract technique. Theodore’s belief that the public are the most discerning reviewers of his art was vindicated in 2013, when his mural of Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld won him international recognition and over 200,000 likes in just 48 hours. “Street art allows you to be yourself. You’re not focused on trying to impress a curator or a particular museum. Your focus is on impressing the people who in return share your work with other people through social media and word-of-mouth.”
Collected by a legion of celebrity fans including Adele, Bryan Cranston, Thierry Henry and Salma Hayek, Theodore was chosen to be Google’s virtual reality artist-in-residence in 2016. He hosted his second solo exhibition, The Second Coming, in celebration of his collaboration with PUMA at Maddox Gallery in 2017. In October 2018, Theodore unveiled his latest exhibition of new works, The Coronation, at Maddox Gallery to much acclaim.