Inside The Studio Of Artist Mr Mark Bradford

“Cerberus”, 2018, mixed media on canvas by Mr Mark Bradford
In this age of frantic alarm over borders, Hades’ old hound Cerberus – the wild, three-headed beast that entraps the doomed in the underworld and spares the innocent – makes for a screamingly appropriate symbol. And Cerberus is the gathering point around which the Angeleno artist Mr Mark Bradford has built the body of work that he will show during Frieze London next month. “It was one of my childhood obsessions,” says Mr Bradford from his studio in Venice, California. “Cerberus, it haunted my dreams.” According to the artist, these new pieces, executed in Mr Bradford’s signature style – dense layers of paper applied to a stretched canvas then carved up – are largely about containment. [More]

Mark Bradford: Los Angeles is at the Long Museum, Shanghai, until 13 October. Cerberus is at Hauser & Wirth, London, from 2 October until 21 December;
From left: “Frostbite”, 2019, mixed media on canvas; “Gatekeeper”, 2019, mixed media on canvas; “Cerberus”, 2018, mixed media on canvas, all by Mr Mark Bradford