|Biography from Aucocisco Galleries:|
|Katherine Bradford was born in New York City in 1942, graduated from
Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, and received an MFA from SUNY
Purchase College in New York.|
In the 70’s, Katherine Bradford
was living year round in Maine and began to make paintings that were
abstract and took their inspiration from nature. Gradually she
introduced images and symbols into her work so that at present her
paintings exist in the area between abstraction and
representation. Typically they show invented scenes, many of them
of ritualistic gatherings involving boats, swimmers and animals.
Bradford hopes to capture the spirit of a quest, of community, and
conversely, of quiet isolation. Bradford comtemplates the play between
intimate and heroic, mark and image, familiar and otherworldly and hope
that the results come across as intuitive, sometimes absurd, humorous
comments on the poetics of life and of the natural world. Writers
have variously described her paintings as “blunt,” “ruggedly made,” and
Katherine Bradford lives and works in New York
City and spends summers in Brunswick, Maine. She considers
herself a long-standing member of both the Williamsburg Brooklyn and
Maine art communities. One person shows include New York City,
Brooklyn, Chicago, Boston, California and Maine. She has
participated in exhibits at P.S. 1, the Brooklyn Museum and the
Portland Museum. Awards have come from the American Academy of
Arts and Letters (2005) and the Pollock Krasner Foundation (2000).
Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, and The New Yorker.
A catalog was published for my spring 2007 one person show at at a
gallery in New York. This contains a review by John Yau, which
appeared in the June 2007 issue of The Brooklyn Rail and an interview with Chris Martin and Peter Acheson, which appeared in the May 2007 issue of the Brooklyn Rail.
that hold her works are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn
Museum, the Portland Museum, Farnsworth Museum, Bowdoin College Art
Museum, Bates College Art Museum, and the Smith College Art Museum.
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