Indian Country: The Art of David Bradley

January 25, 2017 - September 2, 2017 Fred J. Donath Memorial Gallery, General Exhibition


Extended through September 2, 2017

David Bradley portrays human conditions, sociopolitical critiques, and personal relationships with a sense of humor, giving his paintings an immediate and commanding impact. For every viewer of David Bradley’s work, understanding resides in their personal, social, and cultural histories as well as a willingness to question closely held assumptions. Bradley’s work constructs seemingly chaotic narratives that leave us to ponder how all the elements relate to define one another. His compositions ask for equal attention as they resist focal points, inviting viewers to wander the canvas following lines, shapes, colors, and patterns.

Bradley spent most of his childhood in Minneapolis and on the White Earth Ojibwe Reservation in Chippewa, Minnesota. He attended the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota before joining the Peace Corps and lived in Guatemala with Mayan Indians. After returning from the Peace Corps, he attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, where he graduated first in his class with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. He also studied at the University of Arizona and the College of Santa Fe.

This exhibition was curated by Valerie Verzuh from the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, Santa Fe, NM and is being circulated through GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions.

David Bradley, El Farol, Canyon Road Cantina, 2000, Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 60 in. Gift of James and Margie Krebs, New Mexico Museum of Art, 2004.2.7, Courtesy Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Adult Class: Figure Study Session in the Gallery
Saturday, August 19, 10 AM – 1 PM
Free for Native Artists • $10 per session• $5 university students with valid ID