Bevin Bradley, "City Park," 2014, acrylic and varnish on panel, 2' x 3'.
Contrasts in the urban environment fascinate Bevin Bradley. She focuses on geometric shapes and layers in her work, reflecting the qualities of change and physical containment inherent in the city. But she also explores how people in cities bustle about in groups yet often remain isolated and lonely. “I’m really looking at things from a lot of different angles,” she says.
"Cloudy Cityscape # 2"
Bevin Bradley, "Cloudy Cityscape # 2," 2014, acrylic and varnish on panel, 4' x 4'.
Bradley evokes the city – whether the grid of office towers or the linear squares of cars lining the street – more than describing it literally, leaving room for the viewer’s mind to roam. She uses her own photos as references, combining layers of acrylic paint, chalk pastel and varnish in works that owe a debt to abstract expressionism, yet sometimes veer into representational tropes.
"Dark Night # 2"
Bevin Bradley, "Dark Night # 2," 2014, acrylic and varnish on panel, 3' x 4'.
Bradley, who grew up in Saskatoon and earned a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan in 2001, is also co-owner of the Stall Gallery, where she promotes Saskatchewan artists with work she describes as “a little bit more edgy or meaningful.” She has also worked on art projects with students and youth at risk.
Bevin Bradley is represented by the Stall Gallery in Saskatoon and the Latitude Art Gallery in Calgary. Her art sells for $800 to $3,000.