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Brad Stroman creates thought-provoking paintings that reflect the intimate and fragile relationship between man and nature. Incorporating the Japanese Zen Buddhist aesthetic of wabi-sabi, Stroman paints a stage where both natural and man-made objects play out a balancing act. Wabi-sabi is centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.” It’s a shift in perspective from one that chases perfection to one that appreciates what is.
Stroman’s work focuses on small, incidental natural objects that we often pass over in our everyday life. Exquisitely rendered items such as crinkled leaves, a torn feather or an abandoned nest are usually trapped or otherwise held in place by string, barbed wire or other manmade elements. These objects, which have the illusion of being three-dimensional, are placed against a backdrop of beautifully balanced colors that have been textured and stained to create the appearance of a time-worn surface.
One will also find a circle in every painting. The circle stands for the cycle of life, harmony and completeness. Brad says, “Because we seem to have lost a connection with nature that primitive cultures enjoyed, I deliberately break up or wear away the circle in the painting to show our disconnection with the natural world.”
Stroman’s paintings have garnered acclaim from both environmentalists and art lovers. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and can be found in nearly a hundred private and corporate collections worldwide, including the permanent collection of the Cherokee Indian Hospital in Cherokee.