John Bradford

About his work, Bradford says: “In these paintings, my “nature” is to see almost everything as an artificial reference: a certain sky is more Corot or Freilicher, sunsets are often Claudes, winter trees in front of buildings have the texture of Pissarro, a brown that is scumbled over white is like a Kossoff.  But more crucial is that my paintings are Watteau’s Lorrain, Picasso’s Poussin made over once again after the Americans:  Hicks, Ryder, Hartley, Inness, Eilshemius, Gorky, de Kooning, Guston, Pousette-Dart.  After all… I am trying to find expression for the abiding love I have for my country even as the values that sustain it are seen by many to be evaporating”.

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JOHN BRADFORD

Born 1949, Wilmington, Delaware
Lives and works in New Jersey

Education
1971 BFA, Painting, Cooper Union, New York City
1978 MFA, Painting, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut

Honors and Awards
2011 Arts and Letters Awards in Art, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City
2000 Thomas B. Clarke Award, 175th Annual National Academy of Design
1995 Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Grant
1995 Certificate of Recognition, the Governor’s Excellence in Teaching
Recognition Program, New Jersey Department of Education
1990 Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Grant for Alternate Route Certification
1978 Yale University Scholarship Gift
1977 Yale University Scholarship Gift
1971 Ford Foundation Special Projects Grant, Yale University
1971 Cooper Union Tuition Scholarship
1967 Cooper Union Tuition Scholarship
1967 Cini Foundation Scholarship, Venice, Italy

Solo Exhibitions
2018 Hamilton, History, Lincoln and Paint, Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City
2017 American Tales, Claryville Art Center, Claryville, New York
2017 Over Again After All: Recent Paintings by John Bradford, Bowery Gallery, New York City
2014 Biblical Space: Recent Works by John Bradford, Bowery Gallery, New York City
2010 John Bradford: Painting the Biblical Narrative, Bowery Gallery, New York City
2007 Recent Work, 55 Mercer Gallery, New York City
2006 Smaller Works 1974-2005, 55 Mercer Gallery, New York City
2004 Recent Work, 55 Mercer Gallery, New York City
2003 Large Biblical Paintings from the 90’s, Union Theological Seminary, New York City
2003 The Stolen Blessing: Recent Paintings by John Bradford, Maurice Arlos Fine Arts,
New York City
2002 Recent Work, 55 Mercer Gallery, New York City
2001 Recent Work, 55 Mercer Gallery, New York City
1999 Recent Work, 55 Mercer Gallery, New York City
1999 Current Work, Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota
1999 Paintings, 55 Mercer Gallery, New York City
1994 Biblical Themes, Jersey City State College, Jersey City, New Jersey
1992 Biblical Paintings, Woodstock Art Association Gallery, Woodstock, New York
1986 Biblical Paintings, Garden of Eden Gallery, Wilmington, Delaware
1984 Biblical Subjects, Gallery 120, New York City
1981 Biblical Subjects, Gallery 120, New York City
1976 Recent Work, America West Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
1976 Watercolors, Ware Gallery, Arden, Delaware
1974 Recent Works, Bowery Gallery, New York City
1971 Recent Works, Bowery Gallery, New York City
1969 Recent Works, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Group Exhibitions
2018 New Art – Old Testament (with Richard McBee, Anthony Siani, Jacob Silberman), Claryville Art Center, Claryville, New York
2018 Painting to Survive: 1985-1995, The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists’ Coalition, Brooklyn, New York
2017 East Meets Midwest II: A New Figuration, Andrews Gallery at the William & Mary University, Williamsburg, Virginia
2017 AWKWARD (with Katherine Bradford, Siro Cigusi, Shaun Ellison, William Hawkins,
Paul Housley, Cristina Lama and Tim Stoner), Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City
2014 Bowery Gallery Founding Members, Westbeth Gallery, New York City
2011 Invitational Exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City
2010 The Dura Europus Project, Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2010 Seduced by the Sacred: Forging a Jewish Art, Charter Oak Cultural Center,
Hartford, Connecticut
2010 185th Invitational, National Academy Museum and School, New York City
2009 Tzelem: Likeness and Presence in Jewish Art, Stanton Street Synagogue,
Stanton, New York City
2007 Scenes from the Bible, Synagogue for the Arts, New York City
2007 Contemporary Figurations: A Survey of New York Artists, Westbeth Gallery,
New York City
2005 Bamidbar: Contemporary Paintings of the Biblical Wilderness Narrative,
55 Mercer Gallery, New York City
2004 Loft VII, The Puffin Room, New York City
2001 Five Figurative Painters, Maurice Arlos Fine Art, New York City
2000 Figurative Painting Now, 55 Mercer Gallery, New York City
2000 The Biblical Painters Group, 55 Mercer Gallery, New York City
2000 175th Annual, National Academy Museum and School, New York City
1999 New Members, 55 Mercer Gallery, New York City
1997 Akeida, National Jewish Museum, Washington, DC.
1998 Feast for the Eyes, Educational Alliance, New York City
1997 Loft Pioneer Show, The Puffin Room, New York City
1996 Art About Ideas, The Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey
1996 171st Annual, National Academy Museum and School, New York City
1996 The Quiet Heresy: Biblical Themes in Contemporary Art, Fred Jones Museum,
Norman, Oklahoma
1994 25th Anniversary Show, Bowery Gallery, New York City
1994 Faculty Show, Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock, New York
1994 Woodstock Artists, Mark Gruber Gallery, New Paltz, New York
1993 Studio Scenes, Van Vorst Church Gallery, Jersey City, New Jersey
1990 Figurative Artists, Woodstock Art Association Gallery, Woodstock, New York
1989 Figurative Work Now, Two Worlds Gallery, New York City
1987 Recent Figurative Trends, Rene DuBois Gallery, New York City
1984 Figurative Artists’ Alliance, The Studio School, New York City
1981 Sacred Discontent: Biblical Subjects by Contemporary Figurative Artists,
Gallery 120, New York City
1982 Sacred Discontent II, Gallery 120, New York City
1981 Painted Heads, Gallery 120, New York City
1980 Biblical Themes, Gallery 120, New York City
1980 Drawing Invitational, Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina
1979 Artists in the Biblical Tradition, Hudson Guild Gallery, New York City
1978 Graduate Degree Show, Yale Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
1976 New Painters at Yale, Yale Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
1970 Gallery Members, Bowery Gallery, New York City
1971 New Figurative Directions, State University at Albany, Albany, New York
1970 Opening Group Show, Bowery Gallery, New York City
1969 Painterly Realism, American Federation of Arts, Smith College,
Northampton, Massachusetts