New Diver 17
Hand-embellished series of 30, 2021
Signed and numbered by the artist on front
24 7/8 x 20 in
63.18 x 50.80 cm
MEDIUM Acrylic & archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle museum etching paper
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Katherine Bradford awes critics with her deft mark making, direct capture of painted emotion and the materiality of feeling — the distinct voice of her presence rendered in gesture. Bradford builds forms through thin washes of broad brushstrokes, inventing layered colorfields and figures who are almost deity-like in space, alive in the world of creation. Emerging with a glow, they exist as community and as composition.
New Diver is a series of hand-embellished prints exploring situational nuance, producing wide-ranging effects by applying bands of color in various sections of this sparse composition. The results imply many riffs on the solitary diver’s relationship to the horizon, with each print’s overall tone defined by differences in their dynamic atmosphere - whether it’s the color of the sky or the activity in its subtle brush strokes is up to the viewer to receive as they will.
Katherine Bradford has a forthcoming 2022 retrospective at The Portland Museum of Art (Maine). Previous solo exhibitions have been held at CANADA (New York), Campoli Presti (London, Paris), Adams and Ollman (Portland, OR), Galerie Haverkampf (Berlin), The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Texas), and Galleria Monica De Cardenas (Milan) among others. Select group exhibitions include presentations at Timothy Taylor Gallery (London), SHRINE (New York), Drag City Soccer Club Club (Chicago), Pace Gallery (New York), CANADA (New York, NY), Brand New Gallery (Milan), Venus Over LA (Los Angeles), The Journal Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), and Harper's Books (East Hampton, NY). Her work is included in public collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY), and Portland Museum (Portland, ME) among many others. Bradford lives and works in New York, New York.
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