Oliver Brady was born in Drogheda, Ireland in 1956. He studied Art and Sculpture at the National College for Art and Design, later working and studying with renowned Breton sculptor Yann Renard Goulet. Starting out as a freelance sculptor, model maker and painter he worked on commissions from architects, creating original sculptures and other artworks for hotels and nightclub projects.
In the nineties, Oliver set up a design and build company, which would go on to be involved in the creation of some of the most prestigious cafe bars, nightclubs and hotels in Ireland. During these commercial years spirituality began to feature strongly in his life and in 1998 he created an Art and Spiritual Healing Centre which was opened to the public by the renowned actor John Hurt. Oliver continued to explore Art and Spirituality while working as a freelance Creative Consultant and in 2004 he met Carmel.
Carmel Clark was born in London in 1962. She spent her early life surrounded by fashion editors, models, photographers, hair and make up artists as she trained to be a fashion hair stylist in the heart of London’s West End. Moving to Paris at the age of 21, she left the salon environment and embraced the world of fashion, creating hairstyles for the pages of fashion magazines and catwalk shows. Carmel’s love of creativity began to spill over onto the canvas when she returned from South America in 1993 to live in London’s Soho. She threw herself into painting and drawing, first studying at Saint Martin’s in London and then at KIAD in Canterbury. She began to sell art work and hold solo exhibitions.
When Oliver and Carmel met they found that they both shared the same passion and love for art and creative expression. They began to experiment and create new art together and it was from this exploration that Brady & Clark evolved. Brady & Clark’s first collaboration was a large art commission for a boutique hotel in Dublin, Ireland. On the back of that success, more commissions followed and the artists continued to evolve their vibrant and innovative style of work on projects Ireland, the UK and abroad. Commissions today include private residences, corporate spaces and hotels.
Influenced by nature and mysticism, our style of art is sacred, free, pure and automatic. We place the highest regard to the colours and form that evolve spontaneously as we work in a relaxed and open space – We let go of any preconceived ideas and move into a position of ‘allowing’. This allowing enables us to reach automatically for whatever colour or substance calls to us; to be utilised and expressed at that creative moment.
Wondrous shapes and colours mingle and formalise with such depth and three-dimensional evolution, emulating both the natural and mystical world.
Our art pieces often derive from an original source, ‘The One Piece’. The first canvas lies bare, receptive and waiting.
As each colour is expressed on the blank space, a sublime spontaneous unfolding happens. More and more explosive shapes and colours start to take their place until the merging occurs.
When the original painting has fully manifested to its natural conclusion, then the exploration and evolution begins from this ‘One Piece’. A dividing of this work ensues – breaking up into new structures, taking on new individual identities, from sculpture to mixed media to jewellery to any art form desiring to be made manifest.
From inside The One Piece a whole universe of individuals pieces begin to seek life.