Inspiration of the Week – Mark Bradford

Mark Bradford is an abstract painter working in America and is also one of the founders of Art + Practice which is an organisation to encourage engagement into art practice and also to help young people who are coming out of foster care.


The reason that I have decided to look at some of his work is because I am trying to gather a lot of research for my Studio Practice 2 Brief which I am currently planning on looking into maps.

The Tongue in the Middle of the Port

Bradford’s works are normally gridlike and features collage. The way he sets out his paintings reminds me of certain types of maps, and he has used maps in his work before.

'Through Darkest America by Truck and Tank', White Cube Bermondsey - Mark Bradford - 16 October - 22 December 2013 - 74781

I really like these paintings as although the meaning behind them isn’t always clear, they are aesthetically pleasing and interesting to look at and because of his use of colour and the amount of detail he has put into it.

Killing the Goodbye

NB – all photographs here have been taken from these sites which he is featured in:

I do not own any of the pictures on this post.

Although I am not a painter I will definitely be putting Mark Bradford in my sketchbook because of the way he displays his work is just so different to mine, and I will use his work as inspiration to approach my work in a different way.

That’s all for now
Róisín -x

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