Bradley Theodore (Nordic)

You don’t have to be a scholar to know that a street artist who chooses to paint a colorful portrait of Karl Lagerfeld staring into the eyes of Anna Wintour has some kind of preoccupation with fashion. But (as usual) there’s more to the story than meets the eye: a strange turn of events led New York-based artist Bradley Theodore to create the work in question. Two Style Icons in Graffiti: “I saw [Karl] at a party in Paris once, and I thought, ‘This guy is really interesting, in terms of the way he’s conducted his existence,’” Bradley tells StyleCaster. “I thought then, ‘I want to paint him.’ But I just never did. Then the subject came up again when I was hanging out with [my good friend, tattoo artist] Bang Bang, and the next day Anna Wintour walked right by me to

get into a cab. “I was inspired. Everything just came together. I thought about Karl and Anna, how these two are the last standing of those who have been there from the beginning. And I knew I had to paint them together.” And the way fashion and art intertwine with one another is a two-way street, Bradley insists. Having been a street artist since 2001, he’s taken inspiration from the world of fashion for much of his work—he just recently completed a project in luxury retail store Isetan in Tokyo, and has done collaborations with brands like Espirit and Swarovski—but there’s also something to be said about the role art plays in fashion. MORE: A NY Street Artist Turned Kanye Into Ronald McDonald. “Fashion allows people to become art,” he says. “It’s the only time in our society that’s truly accepted for you to be a form of art. The average person on the street is trying to convey an image. That image could be an identity, he or she could be building himself as a painting: it might be the most super-glossed up glam queen, or they could be portraying this stupendous image of Madonna.” For his next project, Bradley revealed exclusively to StyleCaster that he is painting an imagined conversation between two powerful women who lived at the same time but never met: Coco Chanel and Frieda Kahlo. “Just imagine the conversation that those two would have,” Bradley explains. “They would be best friends. It’s exciting to me, to dream…”  

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Anna Wintour & Karl Lagerfeld
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Frieda Kahlo & Coco Chanel
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Bradley Theodore in action on the street
Bradley Theodore describes art as being the center of the circle – the thing that brings life,, fashion and art together. It is a combination and for him, it is the center of his life. In fact since the early days of his career he has been inspired by what he sees around him and in particular the people that make up our media-driven world. Born in Turks & Caicos, part of the Antilles group of islands, Bradley has a fresh perspective on art and what constitutes an expression of thought. Now living in New York, he has become an integral part of the art scene – creating his sometimes controversial, but always inspiring installations.

Bradley began his American dream by studying computer graphics at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He soon moved on to working for probably the best known company the country as a beta tester. Three years later he found himself in the hippest of all towns, San Francisco working in digital media. It wasn’t long however, before the call of NY was ringing in his ears and he began work with one the most highly respected leading recording companies in the US where he gained a platinum record for his work. His 7 years working there as a digital creative consultant allowed him to understand American culture, to view life in an unstructured way – developing lifelong friendships and more importantly, recognizing his innate talent for seeing people as art forms. Since leaving that role in 2005 – art has been the life force that has launched Bradley into the mainstream and into the media spotlight. With more than 60 works of art under his belt and his street art punctuating the walls of New York and Tokyo (as well as work for a number of highly respected brands), Bradley has often been described as Jean Mechel Basquiat meets Banksy – with his sometimes politically motivated colorful creations causing a stir across his hometown.