Contemporary Art

The Inner Lives of Art and Music

NEW YORK – Art is personal. It certainly is for Brad Hale, the talented musician, writer and producer who spoke at the third of Sotheby’s Cocktails & Conversations series, hosted in our pop-up Baccarat Hotel & Residences lounge on 4 May. Ahead of the event, Hale – who performs electric pop under the name Sombear – was asked to compose a track based on a work from Sotheby's upcoming Contemporary Art Evening Auction. He quickly selected Francis Bacon's Two Studies for a Self-Portrait.

BRAD HALE AT SOTHEBY'S COCKTAILS & CONVERSATION SERIES ON 4 MAY.
PHOTOGRAPH BY COLIN MILLER.

"When I first saw it I thought, 'That's me,'" said Hale. "It spoke to me in a way that's difficult to describe. It's about owning all the parts of your personality, even the parts that aren't traditionally beautiful. I find it relatable that Bacon only painted things that were personally close to him. In a way, as a musician, that's what I know too."

Interviewed by producer, curator and friend John Morrow, Hale also discussed his evolving musical style (jokingly described as "sad-boy electro pop"), his additional projects, such as the band Now, Now and his growing base of fans. One admirer is Beyoncé, who has featured Sombear's single "Love You in the Dark" on her blog.