John Bradley painted this picture looking north from Caves Beach
At the southern end of Caves Beach there is a small walk which goes along the headland and cliff edge above the beach. On the day John Bradley took this walk there was a very large swell running. He watched as the waves came in. They would pound onto the rocks and churn up the sand so that the water had sand mixed through it. John said, “I like the scene because of the action of the surf. It was late in the afternoon with the winter light coming through casting long cliff shadows onto the surf. The air cool, the light bright and crisp giving contrast to the work.” Caves Beach derives its name from the many caves that have been eroded out by the sea along the cliff edge. John has shown one less prominent cave in this work.
This delightful painting shows stunning use of light, structure, perspective and balance to produce a wonderful scene with enormous depth and dimension. A number of wedge shapes that have come from John’s use of light and shadows as well as land formations add further to the strength of this work. This painting has enormous depth, as a result of the combination of composition and back lighting. ” Back Lighting” is where an artist uses a lighter background to draw your eye to it. It also ads atmosphere to the work. This visually striking painting is professionally executed with masterful use of colour and tone designed to stir the heart and lift the soul.
He is emerging as Australia’s most desirable artist.
John has drawn and painted for as long as he can remember. He is largely self-taught and therefore not influenced by any past Australian Painter. John Bradley’s former promoter and manager is the same person who took d’Arcy Doyle from obscurity to fame and fortune. And now John is going down the same path to promote his art. The secret to this success is the reproduction of his work in books, prints, dinner place mats and drink coasters. Also limited edition plates, calendars, tapestries and even jigsaw puzzles.