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Joshua Bradley

Joshua Bradley was raised in rural Georgia outside Atlanta in the 70s. His extended family lived nearby in a close-knit farming community, where everyone helped on each other's farms most days and Bradley spent much of his time outside in nature. His interest in art began with drawing the intricate farm equipment, then the landscapes behind them. His exploration of art was a way to experience something richer than the normal details of small-town life.


By the time Bradley was 16, nearly all of his free time was spent drawing landscapes. Growing up in a small town, he was not exposed to fine arts until he was 17 and viewed exhibit at the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. After this visit, he knew he wanted to be a painter. It was then that Bradley decided to pursue art at Savannah College of Art and Design, where he focused on painting and sculpture. Bradley was influenced by Dutch Renaissance painters as well as Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Ewan Uglow, and Lucien Freud. His thesis was based on Art and Physics by Leonard Shlain and writings of Robert Motherwell. The new lifestyle living in Savannah surrounded by other artists impacted Joshua's life profoundly. A professor at SCAD took interest in Bradley's work and also imparted wisdom that has stayed with Joshua in his everyday life to this day. Quoting former president Calvin Coolidge, he told Bradley, "Press on: nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."


Bradley returned to his hometown after graduation from Savannah College of Art and Design. He was then able to see his childhood environment with a fresh perspective. His painting style expanded and he began to show his work more often. His work debuted at Art Expo New York 2004 and was received with great praise. His work continues to be collected throughout the world.


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