KatHerine Bradford (b. 1942)

Ice at Sea, Red Boat, 2004
oil on canvas
Gift of Jean LeMire Payne '53 Museum Fund



A native of New York, Bradford received an MFA from SUNY Purchase College in New York and a BA from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.

She lived in Maine year round in the 1970's and now returns each summer to her home in Brunswick. Bradford shows her work at Sarah Bowen Gallery in New York and at Aucocisco and Icon Galleries in Maine. She has been selected for three consecutive Portland Museum Biennials and has received awards from the Pollock Krasner Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Museum of Art and the Portland Museum of Art as well as the museums at Bowdoin College, Bates College and Smith College.

"My paintings are invented landscapes. They show transparent seas, day-glo clouds and skies alive with light and pattern. Ice at Sea, Red Boat shows a single boat in icy waters facing a glowing sky of transparent colored circles. This image and others like it celebrate the ecstatic, the celestial and the fantastic. I wish to capture a moment when nature bursts beyond our expectations. I wish to present nature as a majestic force, vast, rhythmic, and rife with mythic potential."

-Katherine Bradford



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