Brad Spencer is an artist that uses bricks to form his sculptures. A BFA in Painting and Drawing from UNCG and an MFA in Sculpture, Brad has been a working sculptor since 1984. During his undergraduate work in painting, he took sculpture as an elective course and since trying his hand at sculpture he’s never turned back.
Spencer likes to use clay, plaster, cement and bronze as his materials for his sculptures. In 1989 he began to experiment with bas relief sculpture with red bricks. He would carve unfired clay brick material in his Reidsville studio, then deconstruct the sculpture, brick by brick and have it fired.
Brick sculpture can be dated back to ancient Babylon but remains a fresh and interesting enhancement to any building, wall or environment. The brick medium has all the same characteristics of durability and low maintenance as a brick building, blends well in settings where other brick construction is present, looks good with landscaping and has a familiarity which is comforting to people. Brick sculpture adds intrigue and interest to a commonly understood material as viewers try to figure out the techniques by which it was created
Spencer has work in public spaces throughout the Southeast including Charlotte, Greenville, SC, and Asheville.