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Katherine Bradford, 1942

New York-based Katherine Bradford (b.1942, New York) is an American artist. Bradford is known for her emotionally charged color-field paintings, which blend the abstract and the representational in their radiant depictions of people and ships. Bradford paints in multi-layered washes of acrylic painting, lending her paintings a luminous, backlit quality.

Bradford began painting at the age of 30 while living in Maine and was among the first wave of artists to move to Williamsburg, Brooklyn in the 1980s. She showed in New York for many years before presenting her first solo exhibition, Fear of Waves, with Canada in 2016. Bradford has exhibited widely at institutions such as MoMA P.S.1, The Brooklyn Museum, both in New York; the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, in Bentonville, AR. Upcoming exhibitions include The Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore University (fall 2020), and Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University (autumn 2020). Her work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Brooklyn Museum; the Dallas Museum of Art; the Menil Collection in Houston Texas, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, KS and the Portland Museum of Art in Maine. Bradford is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Joan Mitchell Grant. She has taught at institutions such as the Yale School of Art, Skowhegan, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. A recent monograph, Katherine Bradford: Paintings, was published by Canada in 2018. In 2022, Bradford will be the subject of a touring retrospective organized by the Portland Museum of Art, Maine.


Head Touch, 2019, Acrylic on canvas


Katherine Bradford – Timothy Taylor