Lives and works in Chicago, IL
Brad Stumpf is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist from St. Louis, Missouri. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2015. Stumpf captures and reorganizes moments of ephemeral intimacy, isolating and elevating the inconspicuous objects and interactions that make up our lives. Painted from observation and depicting handmade assemblages within his home, Stumpf's paintings function like miniature stage sets, offering a fleeting glimpse through a cracked door to a quiet room or a still photo of a play halfway through. Renderings of tape, pins, string, and the crumpled corners of paper scraps all draw attention to the intentionality of his artifice as he collages disparate fragments into emotionally cohesive vignettes. In his paintings Stumpf explores the adoration and hope found in the mundane, in everyday moments shared between lovers and friends, between solitary figures and the indefinite spaces they inhabit.