About the artworkBrad Oldham sculpts and shapes clay figures to create a prototype involving intricate molds, welding, and casting waxes ultimately yielding brilliant stainless steel, bronze, aluminium or brass pieces.This piece includes a custom wooden box made by the artist, for display, storage and transportation.
Sculptor, Place-maker, Fearless Fabricator
From public community spaces to private homes, sculptor Brad Oldham has elevated many environments worldwide with his site-specific artworks. In 2016, Brad was named the first-ever Artist of the Year by the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau. In 2011, the Texas Society of Architects recognized Brad with their prestigious Artisan Award and heralded him as the Artist/ Craftsman of the Year for the American Institute for Architects. In 2010, the Americans for the Arts included his $1.4 million installation, The Traveling Man, in its prestigious Year in Review program.
In both his large-scale sculptures that enhance communities and the sculpture collections created for individual sales, viewers will see that Bradâ€™s meticulous craftsmanship, passion, and creativity are cast into every sculpture he creates. He enjoys exploring his visual aesthetic to communicate stories, yet the quality of his work remains constant and strong.
Brad earned a Bachelor of Science in economics from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth. During college, he was awarded academic and basketball scholarships. In 1990, Brad used his sculpting and manufacturing skills to add jewellery and button creation, as well as manufacturing, to the family apparel business, which was led by his older brother Todd Oldham, an internationally acclaimed fashion designer. Along with his metalworking expertise, Brad oversaw production and manufacturing of Todd Oldhamâ€™s couture and bridge lines for more than eight years. In 1998, when the family business closed, he leveraged the skills that he acquired in the fashion industry to start a company that focused on his ability to sculpt and make beautiful objects.
Noted examples of 2017 projects in process can be found in San Antonio, Austin, Lubbock, Chicago, Greensboro, Charleston, and Dallas. His public pieces on display include locations such as the Center for Brain Health in Dallas, Texas, along with his work entitled Whimsy in the cityâ€™s Exall Park and a 28-piece, indoor-outdoor installation at the Lumen Hotel. In 2007, Bradâ€™s work was featured in a month-long installation on Good Morning America. Recent commissions for Bradâ€™s work include sculpture for the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C.; the entrance of Mitchell Park Library in Palo Alto, California; the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre in Brantford, Ontario; and the Conrad Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.