About Brad

 


Brad is a 32 year old Melbourne based artist and custom painter who works out of his studio/gallery in Spotswood, Victoria. Whether it’s airbrushing award winning custom motorcycles, painting photo realistic portrait commissions,  traveling and painting murals all over the world or working on his own unique surreal drawings and paintings, there is always something coming out of his studio that sets new standards in detail, creativity and quality.


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“The Wasp” custom chopper on display at the Melbourne Tattoo convention, 2015.


Studio and Workshop Location

55 Hudson Road, Spotswood, Vic, 3015
+61412520488


Artist Statement

“I see the world as an immensely complex and interconnected weave of magic that can’t truly be fathomed in this 5 sense, 3 dimensional reality. I can’t limit myself to only one method of creating art so I choose to use various tools and mediums to create. I paint, draw and sculpt from the heart using my unconventional perception of the world as a guide to express my thoughts and feelings in a surrealistic way. Tortured souls, intricate detail, water in all it’s forms, love, pain, beauty and our bizarre obsessions, religion and our impending doom as we disconnect from everything that shaped who we are. I may be cynical but only through my art can I express my conception of the world, which inspires me to create imagery that tells a story that’s often bizarre or ominous. It’s just the art that comes from within. An extension of my thoughts and feelings. Ones that hopefully resonate with you on some level”

Brad Payne
2015


BIO

Brad has been creating art of all kinds since he was about 4 years of age. Drawing comics, playing with clay and painting his surfboards, there was always something to occupy his time with an overwhelming imagination fueling his desire to create. During school, the only subject he would never skip was art and it’s here where he found the airbrush. He fell in love with the softness and detail attainable with this somewhat forgotten art tool.

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Being a rebellious kid and never having an interest in further studies, university or college was definitely not part of the plan. After finishing school and teaching himself to airbrush in his mum’s garage, he ended up landing a job as the artist for world renowned surfcraft company Dolphin Surfcraft in 2002 at age 18. It was four years of crazy fun growing up the Gold Coast, working his own hours and painting over 2000 boards.  After a surf trip to Indonesia, the travel bug bit. In 2006 he had resigned from Dolphin and booked an open ended ticket to Canada to continue exploring the world.


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From 2006 to 2012 life was lived experiencing different countries, cultures, jobs, relationships all accompanied with his airbrush equipment, pencils and sketchbook. Living a true nomadic artist’s lifestyle bouncing from country to country picking up work wherever the opportunities arose it was the most rewarding and challenging years spent thus far.


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Among being the resident artist for 7 months in a hostel in Vancouver he created murals in Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, Greece, Morocco, painted surfboards in Canada, Australia and the Canary Islands in between spending a few years working on luxury yachts for multi millionaires. After a few years working on yachts and having little time for art, the desire to pursue it had become too hard to ignore, which led him back to his roots and eventually giving up the sea life.


 

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After returning back to Australia in 2013, he landed a job as a motorcycle spray painter where he honed his skills and gained invaluable knowledge about automotive paint technology. After a year of working there he left to pursue art full time and has been doing ever since working on all kinds of projects from family portraits, exhibiting in group and solo shows, interior murals, large scale artwork for restaurants, painting inflatable sculptures for festivals and Cirque Du Soleil and custom motorcycle artwork.


Awards

2016- “Bali Davidson” 1st Place Best Custom Marlo bike show, Victoria
2016- “The Wasp”,  1st place Best Custom in motorcycle class at the Victorian Hotrod Show
2015- Best Contemporary Painting, Bayside Art Show
2014- Highly Commended, Hobson Bay Art Show
2013- Winner of the Victorian Airjam Speed Airbrush Sprint Challenge