David Bradford, “Recent Paintings”

Bowery Gallery proudly presents the work of David Bradford,  Jan 29 – Feb 23, 2019.  This is Bradford’s fifth solo show at Bowery

Bradford has previously shown landscapes inspired by travels out west and locales on the Eastern Seaboard.  For the current show he focuses on the genre of still life and to stunning effect.  Working in acrylic and burlap on panel he builds complex compositions. There is a dynamic tension between objects articulated through modeling and other objects/ forms that appear flattened in space.  Vertical bands of color  unite the foreground and background suggesting light and shadow but then when you walk over to the next painting something else is happening entirely. There is a wonderful sense of play in this work.

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Origami Still Life, Acrylic and Burlap on Panel, 20” x 24”, 2019

  About the new work Bradford says the following: “These still life paintings may be understood as invented, or imagined, even though I begin by looking at actual objects on a table.  The use of burlap as a pictorial element helps me to reconfigure observed reality in an improvisational way – sometimes by merging objects and space, or by redefining the boundaries of objects, or by breaking up objects entirely.

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Small City,  Acrylic and Burlap on Panel, 14″ x 18″, 2018

Bradford continues: “There is a tension between things observed and the need to improvise, to transform, to invent”.

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Cityscape, Acrylic and Burlap on Panel, 20″ x 24”, 2018

There is a real and organic presence to the paintings especially when viewed up close.  But, this writer spent much time looking at the paintings from the middle of the gallery.  Viewed from this perspective the works are integrated table-top tableaus with forms that offer both soft and sharp edges (achieved by the use of burlap  and paint).   Bradford says this about his process:     “I remind myself often that a painting represents something, but it also is something. It has to have its own living reality. I work until I can feel that the painting has a life of its own”.

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Purple Bands, Acrylic and Burlap on Panel,   20″ x 24″, 2017

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Playground, Acrylic and Burlap on Panel, 16″ x 20″, 2017

The show remains up until Saturday Feb. 23. David Bradford will be there all day to welcome visitors .

David Bradford graduated from Skidmore College in 1988 with a major in Fine Art, and received an MFA in painting from Parsons School of Design in 1991. He has since lived in both New York City and upstate New York. He exhibits his work regularly at the Bowery Gallery in NYC. He has taught painting and drawing at Springfield College, in Springfield, MA, Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, and at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT.

More of Bradford’s work can be seen at www.bradfordpaintings.com

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Bowery Gallery

 530 West 25th street, 4th floor,

NY, NY 10001

Gallery hours are 11am to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, please contact the gallery at 646-230-6655 or info@bowerygallery.org

 

**DIANE DRESCHER

 

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