Brad Blaze may just be the fastest painter in the world. He has enthralled audiences across Australia, Asia, United Arab Emirates and The United States performing at large gala dinners with guests including government ministers, celebrities and the social elite.
At such events he has painted four prime ministers and some of the world’s leading sportsmen ‘live’ at events including Tiger Woods (PGA Masters), Robert Allenby (golf), Sir Ian Botham (cricket), Shane Warne (cricket), James Hird (AFL), Cameron Smith (NRL), Nico Rosberg (Formula 1 Driver) and celebrities Eric Bana (Movie Star: Black Hawk Down, Hulk).
Who would have thought.. Brad spent the beginnings of his career working his ‘way up the corporate ladder’ of an international finance company. On his way to and from work on the train he honed his skills quickly sketching other passengers without them knowing and over nine years reading every single ‘how to’ art based book ever published.
Although he has had a love for drawing since he was a child, it wasn’t until the year 2000, when he became a caricature artist working at events and having artwork published in magazines and newspapers that he found his calling.
He became highly skilled in caricature art, winning awards and being hired to travel throughout China for companies and Australia for special events. What set him apart from other artists was his talent in drawing and capturing the likeness of a subject extremely fast.
In 2005 he developed his very own unique show and launched it on the very first episode of Australia’s Got Talent. “It was never JUST about the speed painting. I developed the show around ENTERTAINMENT, having fun with the audience and providing a unique experience”. Blaze comments. It certainly shows for this down-to-earth performer who with his paint splattered clothing, may have his audience up dancing or singing whilst he paints.
After only six short years of entertaining audiences with his unique show, Brad was awarded Entertainer of the Year at the Australian Event Awards.