Bradford does not paint. He prepares his work by drawing lines that will shape the image while mapping the social world. He sticks, scratches off and erases the mixed materials that he had collected and chopped, paper and plastics, until the color balance becomes beautiful. His art is a blast, as were once the paintings of Joan Mitchell.
He gives to his style the name of social abstraction, which allows him to claim an influence from Asger Jorn while rejecting the abstract expressionism that had been developed by white Americans.
The art of Bradford is popular. In 2013, Biting the Book, 260 x 367 cm, was made to order for an exhibition on the US highway system. The erosion of urban poor districts by the roads is demonstrated through a visibility into the inner layers prepared by the artist.
Biting the Book is estimated £ 1M for sale by Phillips in London on February 12, lot 11.