Brad Oldham and Christy Coltrin

Brad Oldham and Christy ColtrinOwners Brad Oldham and Christy Coltrin approach their craft in the same manner as they do their life: in collaboration. There’s a flash of inspiration and they riff on possibility and narrative. Then the artists each seek his or her individual creative path to make it come to fruition. Brad sculpts and shapes clay figures to create a prototype involving intricate molds, welding, and casting waxes ultimately yielding brilliant stainless steel, bronze, aluminum or brass pieces. Christy builds the character of the piece – her medium is vivid imagination – bringing the story to life. What results is a sculpture that takes flight, like their iconic BIRD, to land in homes, neighborhoods, public spaces, and institutions where the rest of the poetic story unfolds.
Brad Oldham
From public community spaces to private homes, sculptor Brad Oldham has earned recognition by elevating many environments worldwide with his site-specific artworks. In 2011, the Texas Society of Architects recognized Oldham with its prestigious Artisan Award and the American Institute for Architects heralded him as the Artist/Craftsman of the Year. In 2010, the Americans for the ArtsBrad Oldham and Christy Coltrin included his $1.4 million installation The Traveling Man in its prestigious Year in Review program. In his large-scale sculptures as well as in the collections of sculptures created for individual retail sales, the viewer will see that Oldham’s meticulous craftsmanship, passion, and creativity are cast into every piece. His quality of work remains strong and constant as he explores his visual aesthetic to communicate stories.
Oldham’s long list of sculptures are viewed around the globe. His public pieces on display include locations such as the Center for Brain Health in Dallas, Texas, his work entitled Whimsy in the city’s Exall Park, and a 28-piece, indoor-outdoor installation at the Lumen Hotel. In 2007, the artist’s work was featured in a month-long installation on Good Morning America. Recent commissions for Oldham’s work include a sculpture for the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., the entrance of Mitchell Park Library in Palo Alto, California, the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre in Brantford, Ontario, the Greensboro Children’s Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Baku Flame Towers in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Christy Coltrin
Brad Oldham and Christy Coltrin bring art, humor, and beauty to life through sculptures and stories. Brad Oldham and Christy ColtrinThe two have collaborated on public art installations and private commissions for more than eight years as business partners, and longer as a husband-wife team. Christy’s career was launched as a market analyst in the commercial real estate market in Washington, D.C. and through the years she transitioned into marketing for esteemed luxury automotive brands, such as Mercedes Benz, Maserati, Volvo, Lexus and Porsche. The fast-paced businesses of real estate and cars proved to be great training to join Brad in leading Brad Oldham Sculpture.
Collaborating with Brad on sculpture concepts and stories powerfully taps into Christy’s passion and creative skills. Her first step is to understand the audience and environment in which the sculpture will live. Her creativity is elevated by Brad’s physical and technical skills throughout the initial exploration. Once the concept is agreed upon, she proceeds to write and to produce the materials that support Brad’s sculpture. Many of the duo’s sculpture collections are accompanied by a book in which Christy demonstrates her creative direction, design eye, and writing mastery.
In 2015, Christy finalized the debut of her first collection of gifts, Tiny Sparks, as well as the accompanying small artworks, high-design packaging and website. Through the years, these talisman-like pieces have been picked up by several outside retailers, and opened new marketing channels for the company. Christy also designed and produced a line of sterling silver pendants inspired by Brad Oldham sculpture. She’s currently working on incorporating Tiny Sparks into their own line of jewelry andDAS functional art. Accessibility is very important to Christy. From larger-than-life-sized urban installations to the perfect dangling charm, Christy looks to inspire engagement, curiosity, and conversation.
In 2014, Christy oversaw the opening of the new Brad Oldham Studio Store in downtown Dallas. The store, event venue, and market testing space provides a new access point to purchase a Brad Oldham sculpture and gift. This business unit complements the public and private commission sculpture work for which the company is known. Providing the smaller-sized editions of public artwork allows people to bring the sculpture into their own homes and offices and to make the story their own.

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