Katherine Bradford's art is rooted in American traditions and her own expansive realm of thought. "I want to make paintings the way Frank O’Hara wrote his poems, his Lunch Poems, where he’d just walk outside and matter of factly make a poem out of what happened to him." - she says. Ranging from the whimsical to the biblical themes, Bradford places her subjects against layered, illuminated from within color-field backdrops, often utilising a recognisable palette of bright magenta based pinks and deep hues of blue.
Katherine Bradford's breakthrough show "Desire for Transport" at Edward Thorp Gallery in New York City (2007) happened over a decade ago and gave the artist an opportunity to explore new themes and to further experiment with the technique (e.g. to work in acrylic on raw canvas); and her painterly style has been evolving ever since. She now lives in New York City and has a painting studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The personages of Katherine Bradford's works have become representative of different sides of humanity - while the oblique manner in which she chooses to refer to her subjects, the abstract quality of composition and impromptu color accents firmly established themselves as the key pillars of her painterly style.
Through time, she explored in her work the themes of human relationships, unconstrained practice, reclaiming power, diversity, exposure, fragility and others. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011 and was a recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 2012. Katherine Bradford's recent exhibitions include a solo show at The Modern Museum of Fort Worth, TX (2017), participation in the New Orleans Biennial, Prospect 4 (2017), and solo shows at CANADA (2016)(2018) and Sperone Westwater (2017). In 2018-19 she exhibited her work at Pace Gallery (NYC), Campoli Presti Gallery (London) and Philip Haverkampf Gallery (Berlin), as well as the traveling exhibition Men of Steel, Woman of Wonder organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR and in Pulse at the Nerman Museum in Kansas City, Kansas.
Katherine Bradford's work is held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Menil Collection, Houston Texas, and the Portland Museum of Art in Maine. She is represented by CANADA in New York City, Campoli Presti Gallery in London/Paris, and Philip Haverkampf in Berlin as well as Adams and Ollmanin Portland, OR.