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Art car artist ‘Scrapdaddy’ to wheel into Beeville
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Christina Rowland photo . Some of Bradford's bigger art cars can actually be driven and were driven in the Houston Art Car parade. The peice above was constructed using thousands of spoons.
Christina Rowland photo . Some of Bradford's bigger art cars can actually be driven and were driven in the Houston Art Car parade. The peice above was constructed using thousands of spoons.
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HOUSTON — The Beeville Art Museum will host a solo exhibition of works by Mark David Bradford, aka “Scrapdaddy,” featuring his much-loved motorized art cars, along with his smaller, fixed sculptures. The exhibition opens to the public on Jan. 26, and will remain on view through May 3.

The exhibition will be on view throughout the museum, inside and out, with a performance by one of Scrapdaddy’s wilder creations, “Mr. Green” (also known as The Grinch) at the opening on Saturday, Jan. 26, noon-2 p.m.

Bradford, a sculptor who works primarily in metal, is best known for his giant, robotic, hydraulic creations which have been highlighted at Houston’s Art Car Parade for the past 24 years. Regularly driving off with the “Judges’ Choice” award, Bradford’s first art car was an 18-foot bicycle-looking contraption with four-foot steer horns, dubbed the “Texas Mosquito.” When asked how he got involved with this form of artistic expression, Bradford credits his great-grandfather, an inventor, stating “I always wanted to be like my great-grandfather and invent cool contraptions.”

Mark David Bradford’s work has been shown throughout North and South America and Europe, and has been featured on television shows, including “Battle Bots” and “Junkyard Wars.” In addition, he has hosted a pair of programs on the History Channel and has appeared in Smithsonian magazine.

The Beeville Art Museum, created and operated by the Joe Barnhart Foundation, is first and foremost a teaching museum, providing cultural and educational opportunities for the citizens of Bee County and surrounding areas.

Cited by Texas Monthly magazine as one of the “great small towns for art,” Beeville, with a population of approximately 13,000, is home to one of the most ambitious art and educational programs in Texas.

In addition to exhibiting works by some of Texas’ most renowned artists, as well as selections from private collections and major museums across the state, the Beeville Art Museum provides docent-led tours and art classes for children and adults and workshops for Beeville educators at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
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