“I feel that I have traveled full-circle from the time that I first became interested in Sculpture...I thought I had wasted so much time because of the period I worked in Industrial Design, but I began to realize it was the best foundation I could have for building a foundry, setting up my studio and engineering my large outdoor pieces. After years of honing my skills in bronze casting and steel fabrication, the processes are now second nature to me, and I am again free to approach my work with the fresh excitement of discovery I experienced in the beginning.”
Bradford Morton studied Industrial Design at Auburn University from 1969 through 1972 before declaring his Art major and subsequently earning his BA from The University of Alabama. He earned his MFA in sculpture from the university of Georgia in 1981.
Morton’s preferred materials are bronze, corten steel and stainless steel, and his approach to his work is rooted in the idea of ‘truth to the materials.’ Some of his cast bronze pieces tend to be organic, natural forms while others are models for fabricated pieces that utilize clean lines, flat planes, and hard edges to convey the contemporary minimalism of the man-made world.
Bradford believes in the essential, living, breathing qualities of bronze and steel that lie at the heart of his work. You realize this when you experience his sculpture...It is bronze’s expressive power and steel’s strength that animate the theme and substance of Bradford’s sculptures.
In steel, his sculptures are humane and empathetic. It is uncommon in fabricated steel to discover empathy, benevolence and compassion. These are the qualities that are sought and achieved consistently in the subjects that Bradford chooses for his work.
Bradford Morton has work in public and private collections throughout the country, and his work is currently on exhibit in Alabama and New Mexico.