Martin Bradley

Born in 1931 - United Kingdom


Martin Bradley is an autodidact, born in 1931 in Richmond, Surrey, England. At the age of fourteen he shipped as ordinary seaman on the South America route. In the years at sea he started drawing and painting.

Five years later he returned to London. Martin Bradley´s principal interest was now painting and in 1954 this led up to a one-man-show in Gimpel Fils Gallery in London.

In 1958 he went to Paris where he met Rudolphe Augustinci, who ran Galerie Rive Gauche where among others Max Ernst, Tanguy and Magritte exhibited. Other artists launched at this gallery were Dubuffet, Asger Jorn and Corneille. In 1960 Martin Bradley had a one-man-show at Galerie Rive Gauche and his career seemed to be granted.

In 1962 he left Paris to travel around the world for ten years. In Japan he met his wife Tatsuko and they settled down in Italy to start with. Nowadays they live and work in Japan.

Martin Bradley has found his own way of expression in his colourful, imaginative painting. The thoughts go to Miró, COBRA and Paul Klee which he doesn’t deny, though he is mainly influenced and inspired by prehistoric rock carvings or paintings, as well as by Chinese and Japanese calligraphy.

Throughout the years the list of Martin Bradley´s exhibitions has become very comprehensive. He is represented at a lot of museums, among others at the MOMA in New York.

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Martin Bradley - Crane Kalman Gallery, London
Martin Bradley - Galerie Samy Kinge, Paris
Martin Bradley - Galleria del Cavallino, Venice


20th Century British Art, Spring 2012 - Paisnel Gallery, London
20th Century British Art - Paisnel Gallery, London
Modern British Paintings: A Gallery Selection - Austin/Desmond Fine Art, London
Aspects Of Modern British Art 2010 - Austin/Desmond Fine Art, London
20th Century British Art 2010 - Paisnel Gallery, London
Que du Papier. - L.A.C. - Lieu d'Art Contemporaine, Sigean
Autumn Exhibition - Redfern Gallery, London
Mediation Biennale 08 - Biennale Office: Centrum Kultury Zamek, Poznan
Summer Exhibitio 2008 - England & Co, London
FACING 1200° C. Glasskulpturen der Berengo Collection, Venezia - MMKK, Klagenfurt
The Modern British Artist As Printmaker 1919-2003 - Austin/Desmond Fine Art, London
Against the Trend - Crane Kalman Gallery, London
British and American Art - Crane Kalman Gallery, London
The Gregory Collection: a Selected Exhibition from the Collection of the late E.C. Gregory - Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

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