Joe Bradley AMERICAN, b. 1975


Joe Bradley’s raw, sparse paintings filter the pared-back rigor of Minimalism through an ironic, tongue-in-cheek lens; his languid canvases often hover between representation and abstraction and feature a rind of humor. Bradley has used nontraditional materials, folding cardboard scraps, loose paper, sticky notes, and other studio debris into his thick impasto surfaces. Throughout his practice—which also spans drawing, sculpture, and mixed-media work—the artist has taken inspiration from the aesthetics of Philip Guston, Roger Brown, comic books, and cave painting. Bradley has exhibited in New York, London, Berlin, Paris, Geneva, Zürich, and Los Angeles. His work has sold for seven figures at auction and belongs in the collections of Saatchi Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art, the de la Cruz Collection, and the Hall Art Foundation.