Articles in Category: John Bradford

Biblical Space: Recent Works by John Bradford

Written on February 10, 2014

Bradford - Finding Moses
John Bradford is back with a dozen masterful paintings that deliver a powerful reassessment of Biblical narratives, served up in a revolutionary new painterly format.   Last seen in these pages in November 2010, Bradford’s new work, “Biblical Space” at the Bowery Gallery until February 22, is a transformation of how he treats the surface of the painting, a game-changing reassessment he has been working towards most of his long artistic career.

Bradford’s Borders Revisited

Written on February 01, 2013

Judah and Tamar (2012) 40 x 30 oil on canvas by John Bradford Courtesy the artist
John Bradford’s paintings span over 40 years of intensive exploration of the joys of the biblical narrative.  He has explicated its myriad passionate moments from almost every narrative in Genesis, Exodus, Bemidbar to the stories of Tanach such as Ruth and Naomi, David and Bathsheba and Mordechai and Esther.

John Bradford: Painting the Biblical Narrative

Written on November 15, 2010

Judah and Tamar (2008), 18 x 24 oil on canvas by John Bradford Courtesy the artist

Upon entering Lloyd Bloom’s exhibition at the Chassidic Art Institute one is confronted by a sweet beautiful image of a lamb skipping through the air in a puffy cloud landscape.  Right next to it is an image of a goat kid cuddled up in the lap of a young shepherd.  Further down the wall we see paintings depicting a young man leining from the Torah, then women lighting Shabbos candles and finally a father and son at the seder table, all candidates to be the most emblematic scene of Jewish life imaginable.  So too an emotional scene showing a crowd of traditional Jews embracing each other sweeps us away in a wave of familiar emotions.  All true until one picks up the gallery list of paintings with each work’s title.  Little by little the façade falls away and a much more serious and tragic patina adjusts the meaning of these intriguing artworks.

Reflections of Biblical Texts Bradford

Written on December 24, 2002

Twelfth Amidah Theme: Punish Heresy: Jepthah (2002)

A Painting by John Dubrow

From 1997 to 1998 John Dubrow got to know the World Trade Center fairly well. He made many paintings from a high vantage point on the 91st floor in a temporary studio granted him by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. His heavily worked cityscapes built solid compositions out of urban structure, color and space and define an important body of his work at that time. After September 11, 2001 he was, like most New Yorkers, devastated by the attacks and the destruction of the World Trade Center. He wondered how he could return to cityscapes after his city had been so violated and his artistic milieu shattered. In the wake of the smoke, ash and collapse he groped for an artist's response to this mass murder.

Biblical Paintings by John Bradford

Written on December 17, 2001

I'm Here

Biblical Paintings - American Identity
An Appreciation

“And though I cannot attain to much herein, yet I am refreshed to have seen some glimpse thereof (as Moses saw the Land of Canaan afar off.) My aim and desire is to see how the words and phrases lie in the holy text; and to discern somewhat of the same for my own account.”