KATHERINE BRADFORD-SELECTED PAINTINGS
APRIL 30th-JUNE 11th, 2011
Brick Walk Fine Art is pleased to announce our next exhibition which features the paintings of Katherine Bradford. Bradford's personal and quirky pictures express predicaments, accidents, and the solitary person aspiring to grace. Many images involve bathers or swimmers and the painterly surfaces are perfectly balanced with a dream-like quality in the implied narratives.
Of her work Bradford has observed "I’ve spent years learning which brush to use for which mark, and just how much paint I need on the brush and how much medium to combine with the paint. I’ve done it over and over again until I felt very at home with how my hand and the brush interact. The paintings evolve very slowly because there are often a lot of other paintings beneath each image. I have to kind of nudge them into existence...I think we’re trying to speak a language, a visual language, and it takes a long time to develop a very personal vocabulary. It certainly took me years and years to find my own voice. And I wouldn’t say it has anything to do with age; it had to do with sticking to it, and doing it a lot, like an athlete. At the same time, it doesn’t mean that you know what you are doing—you just have to trust in being the blind mole."
Katherine Bradford teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and Manhattan's Fashion Institute of Technology. She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant award and a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in New York, Chicago, Boston, and Maine, and is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum and the Portland Museum of Art.