Paintings by Virginia Bradley Art seen at Massachusetts - St. Croix 9 - Beach
Paintings by Virginia Bradley Art seen at Massachusetts - St. Croix 9 - Beach
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Item St. Croix 9 - Beach
As seen in Massachusetts, MA, MA

St. Croix 9 - Beach

Paintings by Virginia Bradley Art, as seen in Massachusetts, MA, MA


Item Details
In February of 2020 Virginia Bradley was invited to St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands to be an artist in residence at the Caribbean Museum for the Arts in Frederiksted.
Upon arrival in St. Croix, Virginia was immediately inspired by the lush landscape and its interplay with the ever-changing Caribbean Sea.
During the residency she was also teaching an Abstract Painting Workshop and met many talented "Cruzan" artists, which deepened her understanding and connection to the island even more. Simultaneously Virginia watched huge cruise ships dock in the harbor, as the Covid pandemic emerged. The ships were like a foreboding and unknown entity landing in this idyllic paradise.
The St. Croix series commenced during the residency and consists of 8 paintings inspired by the St. Croix landscape and the emerging pandemic. After completing the 6 -week residency she traveled with the paintings to Playa Santa, Puerto Rico, where her Winter studio is located. Playa Santa was suffering from severe aftershocks from the 6.4 January 2020 earthquake, which added yet another layer of the complexity to the paintings' process.
After travel restrictions began, Virginia realized it was time to return home to Great Barrington. Once again the paintings were packed and boarded a plane to the Northeast. She arrived at the snow-covered landscape of the Berkshires, with the Covid-19 pandemic in its' full, deadly swinging all the strict, isolating safety precautions in effect.
Throughout this time Virginia continued to work on all eight 20"x 20" paintings as a group, switching between then. During these 12 weeks the character of the works continued to change as they developed in social isolation.
With the St. Croix series Virginia is inscribing, like a seismograph all the physical and emotional happenings of this pertinent period deep into the complex layers of the canvas and thus transforms them into a meditative vision of this century-defining time.

Meet the Creator

Virginia Bradley Art

Virginia Bradley Art

Great Barrington, MA

"The alchemical and physical processes of painting are the foundation of my creative practice. The studio becomes a laboratory for experimentation and the interaction of diverse materials. This process enables me to continually arrive at new destinations until the paintings attain a higher level of physicality and contemplation.”

Virginia Bradley is a distinguished American contemporary, abstract painter.
Bradley's research into natural phenomena, geological and oceanographic formation 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 and the unknown and attaining a higher level of physicality and contemplation.

Throughout her career Virginia Bradley 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 ACME Studios in East London, the London Zoological Society, Yaddo, Sanskriti Kendra in New Delhi, India, Fundacion Valparaiso in Mojacar, Spain, Ragdale, and 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 (Firenze, Italy). Her paintings are included in many public and private collections.
Prior to moving to the bucolic Berkshires, where her home and studio laboratory is located, she served as Professor of Art, teaching painting and drawing at the University of Delaware.

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