Katherine Bradford (QuarARTine special episode)

Season 6 continues! Recorded remotely on 3rd April 2020 during lockdown, Russell & Robert chat to leading artist Katherine Bradford, best known for her radiant paintings of swimmers, superheroes, ships and dreamy landscapes that critics describe as simultaneously representational and abstract, luminous, and richly metaphorical.

We explore how Katherine changed her life aged 30 years old to become an artist moving with her twin children from Maine to New York City, making friends with Chris Martin and other passionate intense painters in 1980s Brooklyn: "It was quite a new idea. People were not going to Brooklyn to be artists. So we were in a sense pioneers and we all stuck together, we relied on each other.” We discuss landscape painting, lobsters and Brunswick Maine's cold water coast, the sense of night in her works and how she came to add figurative elements which in turn increased her audience and interest in her paintings. We learn of her admiration for Marsden Hartley’s clouds "logos of the sky", John Marin and Alex Katz who share a direct, simplified language of painting. We explore the influence of folk art and children’s art, the spiritual in art (à la Kandinsky), and how working with the influential CANADA gallery helped her to progress. We find out what success means to her and the themes within her new solo show Adams and Ollman gallery in Portland. We discuss the joy of Instagram and her love of other painter's works including Susan Rothenberg, Rothko, Rose Wylie, Chris Martin, Katherine Bernhardt and Nicole Eisenman.

Follow @KatheBradford on Instagram and please also visit Katherine's galleries @CanadaGallery and @AdamsandOllman and visit their website to view Katherine's current solo exhibition 'Mother Joins The Circus' www.adamsandollman.com. For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. Thank you for listening to Talk Art, we will be back very soon. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com

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