Hometown: Hamel, Illinois
Based in: Chicago, Illinois
Brad Stumpf is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist from St. Louis, Missouri. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2015. He shows consistently throughout the Chicago area, and has works in collections throughout the U.S. as well as in China, Taiwan, and Mexico. In addition to participating in multiple group exhibitions, he has created three public sculptures; Point of Entrance, Point of Entrance II, and Wire Cow. One is installed permanently at Jeske Sculpture Park in Ferguson, Missouri, and another is permanently on display at The Farm Heritage Museum of Greenville, Illinois.
Stumpf is currently making still-life paintings that function like miniature stage sets; they are small in scale and consist of arrangements of handmade objects organized to depict lust, love, and expectation with visual poetry. The handmade objects within his paintings consist of paper birds, butterflies, drawings, and notes that add an additional layer of encapsulated thought.
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The fat bird perched impossibly on the tip of a delicate branch. The stray bag skipping along the road, pushed endlessly by the incessant breeze of city traffic. I get lost in the everyday poetry that surrounds us all. I notice it and it feeds my writing, which often leads to a painting about life or love.
I think, while driving or taking a shower. These places have proven conducive for writing poetry or thinking poetically. Once I have a poem or idea, I try to capture it by constructing a still-life. My still-life's are like miniature stage sets. They illustrate my thoughts on love and life. They speak for my heart. My brain and hand attempt to further record the intended emotion through the process of painting.
poetic, vulnerable, intuitive
Joseph Cornell, Chaim Soutine, Ivan Hitchens, Mark Krisco (professor and dear friend), Edouard Manet, Pablo Picasso, Fairfield Porter, Rene Magritte
The Art Institute of Chicago
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