Katherine Bradford’s paintings hover in the realm between the real and the imagined. Poetic, poignant, delightfully unselfconscious, her paintings defy categorization and seem to embrace their own internal light. She has said, “When I’m actively painting, I try to get in a kind of zone where my rational brain doesn’t take over.”
Bradford attended Bryn Mawr College and holds an M.F.A. from SUNY Purchase. Her work is held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, the Smith College Art Museum, and the Farnsworth Art Museum. She divides her time between studios in New York City and Brunswick, Maine. Bradford is on the graduate M.F.A. faculty at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and teaches a course on non-traditional painting at the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 2009 she was a resident faculty member at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her recent solo exhibition at the Edward Thorp Gallery in New York City received favorable reviews by Ken Johnson of The New York Times and John Yau for Hyperallergic. Her work is represented in Maine by Aucocisco Galleries in Portland. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011.