Barry Bradley

Barry Bradley artistBarry Bradley’s expertise in fine craft, through a diverse array of medium, has been developing for over 40 years. His move to the Texas Hill Country from Houston 15 years ago strengthened his desire to work exclusively with Native Texas woods and challenge color combinations through testing patina on various woods and metal. Through experimentation and the desire to conquer challenges, Barry’s ideas and designs quickly developed into a fine craft.

Barry states “My mind is constantly working through new ideas. My sketch book is never far away and I am always working out my next art piece on paper prior to gathering materials and setting the tools up in my work space. The joy begins when rummaging through my vast collection of wood for the perfect pieces”.

Once the raw material is identified, Barry allows it to reveal its unique characteristics and true colors, which helps guide him to a finished piece. Many times, his ideas and plans will take an entirely new direction and create even more excitement while he works through the challenges of change and a creative mind. Barry’s latest focus includes works that incorporate metal, copper and/or stone into his sculpture and furniture designs. Barry enjoys creating the unexpected in furnishings and sculpture. Once a piece is completed and on display, his hopes are to provide the viewer with the desire to experience his work in a tactile manner along with invoking an emotional query and on occasion, amusement.

Barry’s art has been featured in several magazines including Niche, Woodworkers West and Western Art Collector. His recent awards include: Texas Furniture Makers Show - People's Choice & Best Art Style - November 2014, Bastrop Fine Arts Competition – First Place – September 2013, Texas Society of Sculptors’ "My Texas" Show – First Place – May 2013, Texas Furniture Makers Show – Judge’s Special Award – November 2012.

Barry Bradley resides just outside of Fredericksburg, Texas in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. He and his wife, Anne, have been married for 29 years and have 2 grown children who are both college graduates and live nearby. Frequent visits by the grand-dogs are enjoyed often. In his limited spare time, Barry enjoys working out at the gym, volunteering at church, travel, fishing and hunting.