Bright, pink, and luminous, Katherine Bradford’s paintings definitely pack a punch. Don’t take it from us! The 77-year-old contemporary artist is featured in collections of notable institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Smith College Museum in Maine, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
But it took some time for Bradford to get where she is today. “Because I am now 77 years old, no longer teach a regular class and am no longer raising a family I can go to the studio every day, all day. It’s heaven,” she shared with Art of Choice.
“Believe it or not the whole time I’ve been an artist I’ve felt extremely excited by every small triumph along the way,” she stresses. “My first solo show was at Corsican Pizza in Brunswick Maine where I lived at the time. It was a thrilling experience to me. Someone bought one of the pieces. She was a friend. I was overjoyed. Basically to have people understand you and embrace what you are doing is deeply satisfying at any level.”
“The art world is relatively speaking a very tiny world and success within it doesn’t count for much outside its perimeters,” she explains. “I remember the many members of my family cowering in the corner of the big gallery space at my opening wondering what the Hell was going on – so many people embracing something that was so foreign to them.”
Nowadays, she divides her time between Brooklyn, NY and Brunswick, ME, sharing her work on her Instagram page which we highly recommend you follow.