We need to portray where we are: Martin Bradley


We need to portray where we are, said British art researcher Martin Bradley at a lecture that was held at drawing and painting department of Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University on Wednesday.
The lecture was organised by the faculty to give the students a glimpse into the contemporary and modern art trends.
‘From the middle of the 19th century, East and West were becoming closer through their artworks. Nanyang art spearheaded a movement that helped spread modern art all over the world,’ said Martin Bradley.
‘Noted artists including Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh in 1887 was inspired by Nanyang Style. Some Japanese and Chinese artists also explored their new ideas through this art form,’ said Bradley.
In Nanyang Style, you have to use the proper combination of colours, make the outline perfectly distinct.
French artist Paul Gauguin also tried his hands at Nanyang Style. In his famous Nanyang artworks titled ‘Still life with Onions, Beetroot and Japanese print in 1889’ he made wonderful use of colours, and in another titled ‘Tahitian Women on the Beach’ he made the outline distinct to portray the subject and object.
Artists from countries like China, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and others still use this form.
Bradley addressed western impressionism, post-impressionism, expressionism, hoboism and other modern movements during his presentation. Later he spoke about the contribution of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in spreading this unique amalgam of an art form in South-East Asia.
Born in 1951 in England, Martin Bradley is a freelance author and researcher. He is an art critic, writer, graphic designer and exhibitions curator and is currently based in Malaysia.
He is also editor of an art magazine titled ‘The Blue Lotus’ and was the curator of British museum Victoria and Albert.
He is currently pursuing his third Master’s and finished a creative writing course with the Writer’s Centre Norwich (UK).