The works in the current show include landscape paintings done in Montana, California and upstate New York, where he currently lives. Bradford writes, "While the main focus of my work over the last 15 years or so has been the landscape and still life, I have always been drawn to abstraction and its expressive possibilities. My love for the immediacy of cubist and abstract painting has certainly informed what I do when I paint from nature."
"My subjects are usually things and places in my immediate environment, and I decide to paint them after a long process of looking, drawing, thinking, imagining, and more drawing. I want to translate the motif into a new, structural language of color and space – one which is, in a sense, more real, because it is reality filtered, distilled, and concentrated."
David Bradford graduated from Skidmore College in 1988 with a major in Fine Art, and received his MFA in painting from Parsons School of Design in 1991. He has since lived in both New York City and Northampton, MA. He exhibits his work regularly at the Bowery Gallery in NYC, and the Oxbow Gallery in Northampton.
He has taught painting at Springfield College, in Springfield, MA, and has taught at the summer art program at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY since 2000. Bradford's work can be seen online at www.bradfordpaintings.com.