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 Bennett Schroeder Bradbury  (1914 - 1991)

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Lived/Active: California/Massachusetts      Known for: coastal scene-seascape and landscape painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Bennett Bradbury was born in Wrentham, Massachusetts on February 23, 1914.  He was the offspring of one of the more musical families of America at that time.  His mother Elfrida Schroeder, was a grand opera star of the Boston Opera Company, and his maternal grandfather was Alwin Schroeder, acclaimed as a cellist.

Being raised and educated with such prestigious surroundings - Rachmaninoff, Kriesler, Paderewski, Horowitz and other famous personalities, Bradbury found many avenues within which to express his own natural and somewhat precocious talents.  At age 15, he won a scholarship in painting and drawing with the Bostom Museum of Fine Arts, but with his inherent and overpowering love of the sea. he dropped his formal studies and joined the Navy in 1931.

Bradbury's subsequent travels gave him ample opportunity to enjoy, observe and study the fascinating and ever-changing moods of the sea and its shores.  He joined Walt Disney Studios and became assistant director after his Navy duty and later decided to devote himself entirely to painting, which of course, was the sea.

During the following years, Bradbury achieved much attention for his art career, one that spanned 50 years.

Bennett Bradbury died in his beloved Carmel, California at age of 77.

The view that Bradbury is considered a leading artist of his time is reinforced by  Mr. Erwin Barrie, manager of Grand Central Galleries, for over a half a century. He said that Bradbury is "the greatest living painter of the seas.    . . . No one since Winslow Homer and Fredrick J. Waugh has been able to portray on canvas the majesty and power and dignity of the ocean as does Bennett Bradbury, and I consider him to be the greatest living marine painter today."

Submitted by Marshia Searle Brown, Jonesport, Maine. She writes: "Mr. Bradbury was a personal friend and business associate.  I arranged and managed his workshops and seminars for over 20 years."

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Wrentham, MA on February 23, 1914, Bennett Bradbury studied briefly at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1929, and in 1931 joined the U.S. Navy.  After the Navy he established a studio in Laguna Beach and became active with the local art colony.  For a brief period he worked at Disney Studios before opting to devote full time to fine art.

For eight years he had a studio in Honolulu in the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.  Returning to Laguna, he maintained a studio-home there while teaching art seminars on the Monterey Peninsula. Bradbury settled there in the 1970s and lived in Carmel until his demise on Jan. 11, 1991. 

His love of the sea is evident in most of his paintings.  He was the brother of author Ray Bradbury.

Southwest Art Association
Laguna Beach Art Association
Santa Cruz Art Association

Metcalf Gallery (Pasadena), 1945
Laguna Beach Art Gallery, 1948
Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1947
Athletic Club (Hollywood), 1947
Grand Central Gallery (NYC), 1951-63
Zantman Gallery (LA), 1990 (solo). I

Mayo Clinic
St Louis Museum
Boston Museum
Cleveland Museum
Monterey Peninsula Museum
Bowers Museum (Santa Ana)
Orange Co. (CA) Museum
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Death record.
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Note from Norm Davies, Torrance, CA:

This Painter of mostly coastal scenes is strongly affiliated with California.  He is listed in the Southwest Art Magazine's Index, and there was an article on him in Art News magazine, March 1966.

Biography from Zantman Art Galleries:
Among the serious collectors of Bradbury’s paintings are such notables as the late Shah of Iran, Huntington Hartford, Joan Fontaine, Paul Getty Jr., Prince Ahmed Bin Salman Al Saud of Saudio Arabia, and opera star Dorothy Kirsten.

His paintings are in boardrooms, executive offices, and lobbies of some of America’s largest corporations including American Airlines, Pan American Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Lockheed Corporation and Atlantic Richfield.

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Cleveland Museum of Fine Arts, and the St. Louis Museum of Art are among the museums which include Bradbury’s works in their permanent collections.

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