A compulsion towards the carnivalesque and a vibrant trashy aesthetic are key to Flora Bradwell's playful practice. Encompassing painting, sculpture, video and performance Flora's work revels in the generously grotesque. Compositions of frescoes, cult manifestoes and nursery rhymes are squeezed through a fantastical filter to create dimly recognisable imagined worlds. Camp and theatrics are employed to demonstrate the ridiculousness of patriarchal systems and gossip fuels visual flights of fancy as the props of daily life are put on a pedestal.
Flora completed her BA in Painting at City & Guilds of London Art School in 2009 and her MFA at The Slade School of Fine Art in 2021. While at the Slade Flora received the The Felix Slade Award, The Jeanne Szego Prize and Sarabande Emerging Artist Bursary.
Flora is a recipient of the Gilbert Bayes Award 2023 and artist in Residence at Van Gogh Huis in April 2023. Flora's work has been exhibited, screened and performed internationally including at the Whitechapel Gallery, Nunnery Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, The Royal Academy of Arts in London, at Future DMND, LA, Zaratan, Lisbon and at the European Media Arts Festival, Osnabruck. Flora has completed residencies at Elephant Lab, London(2022), Cyprus College of Art, Paphos, SIM, Reykjavik (2021) and Colart, London (2019). Flora also curates art events, exhibitions and happenings across the UK and is Co-Director of Bad Art.