b. 1979 Melbourne, Australia
Self-described ‘digital painter’ Ry David Bradley creates artworks that explore extant connections between nature and artifice in the internet age. From kaleidoscopic visions of hazy, ethereal abstractions, to broken-glass distortions of traditional portraits, Bradley’s works prompt questions on the effects of technology’s societal entrenchment. The artist digitally transfers photographs on to synthetic materials to dramatize the relationship of surface to image. At Art Cologne 2016, Bradley presented artworks that for the first time were left unfixed; lying somewhere between painting and performance, these images could be manipulated by the audience, whose engagement with the works continuously revived and reshaped the images’ composition.