For more than 30 years David Bradley has lived and worked in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the qualities of light and color in his work shows the influence of the thin and dry high desert air. While the decorative color, patterned surfaces, and an overall flatness and linearity of his paintings highlights biting content which he tempers with humor and irony, Bradley’s mixed media works are more visceral ventures into the painful history of Native American lives. [...]
Indian Country: The Art of David Bradley contains approximately 25 paintings, 6 sculptures, and several personal items pertinent to his work. A fully illustrated, four-color companion publication with 77 color images is available. In addition to a statement by the artist and curator is a forward by Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee), an advocate for American Indian rights, poet, writer, lecturer, curator, and policy advocate, who was named by President Obama on November 10, 2014 as a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian honor.
Bradley has received numerous awards and fellowships, including recognition as the only artist to win the top awards in both the Fine Art categories of painting and sculpture at the Santa Fe Indian Market. He was also awarded the Southwestern Association of Indian Art Fellowship in 1980 and the Minnesota Chippewa Art Award for Merit in Art in 1979, among several others. He has exhibited his work throughout the nation, including the Plains Indian Museum in Wyoming, the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Plains Art Museum in Fargo, the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Armory for the Arts in Santa Fe, the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles, the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the American Indian Art Invitational in Lima, Peru, and many others. His work is in the permanent collections of various museums throughout the United States.