- Long Pond 4, 2017
- Catena 1, 2019
- Catena 5, 2019
- St Croix 8, 2019
- Catena 1, 2020
- Catena 2, 2020
- Yellowstone 12, 2020
- Yellowstone 13, 2020
- Yellowstone 14, 2020
- Yellowstone 16, 2020
- Yellowstone 2, 2020
- Yellowstone #8, 2021
- Yellowstone #5, 2021
- Yellowstone #6, 2021
- Yellowstone #7, 2021
- Playa Santa #8, 2021
- Playa Santa #5b, 2021
- Playa Santa #3a, 2021
- Playa Santa #22, 2021
- Playa Santa #20, 2021
- Playa Santa #1b, 2021
- Playa Santa #1a, 2021
Alchemy and the performative process of painting are the foundation of my painting process. I am a maker and the studio is my laboratory.
Alchemy and the performative process of painting are the foundation of my painting process. I am a maker and the studio is my laboratory. The alchemical process in the work is activated by the physical activity of pouring, sanding, drawing, building and subtracting into and onto the painting surfaces in many layers. Transparent film and silk are used as a foundation for the works and their natures correlate to the underlying theme of water in the research. The studio becomes the athanor or an oven for the interaction of diverse materials, painting mediums and paint to coalesce into realized images. The final paintings question the history, origin, meaning and authenticity of the image and, hopefully, offer alternative perceptions to certainty. -- Virginia Bradley
Like an alchemist, she transforms the work through the use of diverse materials and physical acts.
Virginia Bradley is a distinguished American contemporary, abstract painter. Her research into natural phenomena, and geological and oceanographic formations serves as a starting point for her abstract works. Like an alchemist, she transforms the work through the use of diverse materials and physical acts. Virginia adds and subtracts into the painting surface by pouring paint, sanding, drawing, and printing while simultaneously experimenting with chemical reactions to the surface. Thus her studio becomes a laboratory for experimentation, an athanor for the interaction of diverse materials.
She repeats these processes until the piece evolves into a finished state of multiple luminous layers, referring to water, the richness of the air, the unknown, and attaining a higher level of physicality and contemplation.
Throughout her career, Virginia has received prestigious painting fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, Arts Midwest NEA, Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Lighton International Artists Exchange Program.
She has been honored to be a fellow throughout the world including at ACME Studios in East London, the London Zoological Society, Yaddo, Sanskrit Kendra in New Delhi, India, Fundacion Valparaiso in Mojacare, Spain, Ragdale, ant the Virginia Center of Creative Arts.
Her paintings have been widely exhibited nationally and internationally at venues like the Delaware Contemporary Museum, Blue Star Center for the Arts, Hoyt Institute of Art, Freedman Gallery (Albright College), Abington Art Center (Philadelphia), the Minneapolis Institutes of Arts, the Soap Factory, and the Florence Biennale (Firenza, Italy).
Her painting are included in many public and private collections. Prior to moving to the bucolic Berkshires, where her home and studio laboratory are located, she served as Professor of Art, teaching painting and drawing at the University of Delaware.
Virginia Bradley in Discussion with Stephanie KouloganisVirginia Bradley and the Catena Series January 9, 2022This is the first in a series of studio interviews where Stephanie Kouloganis and Virginia Bradley are talking about Virginia's studio practice, inspiration, different painting...
Virginia Bradley: Pouring Molten PewterVirginia Bradley Studio Series January 9, 2022Abstract painter Virginia Bradley invites us into her studio to share some of the alchemical processes of her painting practice and a more detailed look...
Virginia BradleyYellowstone Print Edition Transformation and Development January 9, 2022Virginia experimented with her Yellowstone 5, 6, 7 and 8 pieces. The originals are oil on Duralar, but she wanted to acheive more depth with...