Elizabeth Bradford - Acrylic on Canvas, 2014, 30 x 48 inches
Elizabeth Bradford studied art at Randolph Macon Woman’s College, the University of North Carolina and Davidson College. She recently completed a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, as well as at Skopart on the Greek island of Skopelos. Represented in a number of private and corporate collections, Bradford was included in the United States’ State Department’s Art in Embassies Program, which places representative work by American artists in embassies all over the world. Bradford’s work explores the intricate formal patterns found in nature, revealing a personal experience of color. Her pieces investigate landscape and the idea of the power of place, with an affinity for the Southeast.
Elizabeth Bradford : Time + Terrain will open at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum on January 2. In the exhibit, Bradford gleans images from the rural landscapes around her family’s ancestral farm in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, where she resides. The expanded scope of these works includes impressions of countries she explores and the wilderness where she hikes, camps and kayaks. The complex compositions utilize precise layers of color and mark-making to evoke light, shadow and form. Time + Terrain, which includes 27 paintings of various scale, invites the viewer to study and explore the natural world deeply. The exhibit will be on display through April 28.
Photograph courtesy of Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum