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Joe Bradley

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About the artist

Joe Bradley

Born in 1975 in Kittery, Maine, Joe Bradley is an artist known for angular abstract paintings and glyph-like drawings.  Bradley attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where he received his BFA in 1999. Bradley’s artistic career is characterized by numerous stylistic shifts, ranging from minimalist geometric works to expressionistic abstract oil paintings to simple drawings and sketches. In 2006, Bradley had his first solo exhibition at MoMA PS1, where he exhibited his iconic monochromatic modular paintings. Bradley arranged geometric formations across the canvas to explore how color exists in relation to each other and the negative space in these works. In these works, he challenges Minimalism by infusing irony and figuration. When these modular paintings began to feel too mechanical in their construction, Bradley decided to start a new body of work known as his Schamgoo Paintings. In these works, he merges his painting practice with his drawing techniques. Bradley exhibits his artistic process through smudges, footprints, and general studio grime in these works. He executed these works in grease pencil and included doodle-like sketches of the Superman logo, a stick figure, a cross, and a fish, among other cartoon-like imagery. This series highlights Bradley’s interest in building damage into the work, which he then uses throughout his career. Bradley often works in series, pivoting between abstraction and figuration. In his recent paintings, he creates gestural works that challenge the legacy of Abstract Expressionism. Bradley’s canvases are filled with overlapping colors and shapes, and he includes footprints and residues from the studio. Bradley is also known for his spontaneous drawings, where he uses unconventional materials, including cardboard scraps, loose paper, and sticky notes. 

Bradley currently lives and works in Avignon, France. Bradley was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. In 2014, he exhibited at The Forever Now, an exhibition of contemporary painting at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Some of his more recent solo exhibitions include Joe Bradley, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts (2017); Joe Bradley, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York (2017); Château de Boisgeloup, and Gisors, France (2017), among others. 

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