Bradley Wester

art@bradleywester.com
new york/rhode island
917.405.8109

Bio
Bradley Wester recently moved his studio from Brooklyn NY to Bristol RI, about 30 minutes southeast of Providence and North of Newport. His 990SF studio is located in the old Byfield schoolhouse on the town green, complete with old slate chalkboards. He spends his time between Rhode Island and New York.

Born
New Orleans, LA

Teaching
Rhode Island School of Design 2013, Critic in the Department of Painting, Providence RI, winter 2013
California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) 2011, Design-Installation Art; Valencia CA
Ringling College of Art and Design, Visiting Artist/Full-Time Professor 2007-2010; Sarasota, FL
Sint Lucas Antwerpen 2009, Painting-Drawing; Antwerp Belgium

Visiting Artist, Lecturer
Tulane University
Dartmouth College
University of Southern Florida, Tampa
School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York, NY
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia CA
Kyoto University of Art & Design, Japan
New College, Sarasota FL
University of Southeastern Louisiana, Hammond LA
American Academy in Rome
University of Louisiana, Lafayette
Art Workshop International, Assisi Italy

Education
MFA Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts; New Brunswick, NJ
BFA Louisiana State University; Lafayette, LA

Solo Exhibitions
2017 DISCOurse #3 Velvet Rope, Yellow Peril Gallery, Providence RI
2015 DISCOurse #2 SHINE, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York NY
2014 DISCOurse #1 Pinup, Yellow Peril Gallery, Providence RI
2009 Bradley Wester, Margalef & Gipponi Contemporary Art; Antwerp, Belgium
2009 Next Post… Bradley Wester, Rupert Ravens Contemporary; Newark, NJ
2008 Bradley Wester, TRAVERSE KUMUKUMU Gallery; New York, NY
2007 Paper or Plastic: 7 Years, Mack B Gallery; Sarasota, FL
2007 Everyday Inside Out, SPACE Gallery; Portland, ME
2004 Bradley Wester: When In Rome, Bruno Marina Gallery; Brooklyn, NY
2003 Bradley Wester: HELLO my name is, lyonswiergallery; New York, NY
2000 Bradley Wester, New Gallery; Houston, TX
1997 Bradley Wester Recent Work, New Jersey State Museum; Trenton, NJ
1993 Paintings and Works on Paper: 1991-1993, Michael Walls Gallery; New York, NY
Still Sitting, Artists Space; New York, NY
1990 Seven Works, Michael Walls Gallery; New York, NY
New Paintings and Drawing on Paper, Aaron Hastings Gallery; New Orleans, LA

Selected Group Exhibitions
2011-14 Remix: Selections from the International Collage Center, The Daum Museum; Bates College Museum, etc
2011 ABSTRACT Edge Zones Art Center; Miami, FL
2010 Legwork Performance 1: Adoption (participatory photography), Basso; Berlin Germany
2009 Office Space ROCA (Rockland Center for the Creative Arts); Nyack, NY
2008 Digital Art in the Post-Digital Age Polk Museum of Art Lakeland, FL
2007 Squared (curated by David Gibson of the Earnest Rubenstein Gallery) The Educational Alliance New York, NY
2007 Mapping the Terrain (catalogue) Contemporary Art Gallery, Southeastern Louisiana University; Hammond, LA
2006 Undergrowth: Bates, Cauwenbergh, Lee, Wester, Gallery Sakiko, New York, NY
The New Collage, Pavel Zoubok Gallery; New York, NY
2004 Meat Market, lyonswiergallery, New York, NY
Controlled Chaos,lyonswiergallery, New York, NY
-scope fairs (lyonswiergallery) New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL
-scope fair (lyonswiergallery), Hotel Gansevoort, New York, NY
2003 Summer Group Show Bruno Marina Gallery; Brooklyn, NY
Postcards From The Edge (Visual AIDS Benefit), Galerie Lelong, New York, NY
-scope, Los Angeles (lyonswiergallery), The Standard, New York, NY
-scope, New York (lyonswiergallery), dylan hotel, New York, NY
2002 The Affordable Art Fair (lyonswiergallery), Pier 92, New York, NY
Postcards From The Edge (Visual AIDS Benefit) Sperone Westwater, New York, NY
25th Anniversary Selections Exhibition The Drawing Center, New York, NY
anXious D.u.m.b.o. Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY
Selections: New American Paintings #38 Open Studios Press Gallery, Boston, MA
2001 Pierogi 2000 Flat File (ongoing) Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn, NY
Winter Paper Catherine Moore Fine Art, NY
2000 Yard Sale/Downtown Arts Festival ’00 NYC Lab School-Chelsea, NY;
Out Side In Catherine Moore Fine Art, NY
1999 Size Matters Mike Wiess, curator Gale Gates Gallery, Brooklyn NY;
The Passion/Passions of Art Richard Anderson Gallery, NY;
Queer Vision Mason Gross Gallery, Rutgers University, NJ;
Calm and Commotion Mississippi Museum of Art; Jackson, MS
1998 Little Jeffrey Coploff Fine Art; New York, NY
1997 Thin Skin: Weiss, Suter, Wester Newark Museum; Newark, NJ;
Recent Acquisitions: A Selection Mississippi Museum of Art; Jackson, MS;
Intimate Universe (re-visited) Robert Steele Gallery; New York, NY;
1996 Bradley Wester & Jaqueline Humphries Galerie Simonne Stern; New Orleans, LA;
NJ State Council Fellowship Exhibition The Noyes Museum; Oceanville, NJ
1995 The Small Painting O’Hara Gallery; New York, NY;
A Romantic Impulse: 17 American Artists O’Hara Gallery; New York, NY;
New York Abstract Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
1994 Fifty Nifty Pictures + Objects AHI Gallery; New York, NY
1993 Regarding Beauty Halsey Gallery; Charleston, SC;
Intimate Universe Nina Fruedenheim Gallery; Buffalo, NY;
New Jersey Arts Annual The Newark Museum; Newark, NJ
1992 Intimate Universe Michael Walls Gallery; New York, NY;
Freedom of Expression ’92 Metro Pictures Gallery; New York, NY
1991 Entr’acte Michael Walls Gallery; New York, NY
1990 The Environs of Elegance Michael Walls Gallery; New York, NY;
Intimate Inventions/Gestural Abstractions Madison Art Center; Madison, WI;
In timate Inventions/Gestural Abstractions Wriston Art Center; Appleton, WI
1989 The Collective Spirit Artists Alliance Gallery; Lafayette, LA;
Five Painters Michael Walls Gallery; New York, NY;
Selections 43 The Drawing Center; New York, NY

Awards/Fellowships
2012 SUMMER FORUM for inquiry + exchange New Harmony, IN
2011 A.I.R. Antwerpen International Artist Residency Award Antwerp, Belgium
2011–12 The Hermitage Artist Retreat Residency Award Manasota Key, FL
2008 Fulbright Senior Specialist in Art – Kyoto University of Art and Design Kyoto, Japan
2007 The MacDowell Artist Colony Painting Fellowship Peterborough, NH
2006 New American Painters, NE edition #62 – Juror: Bill Arning, Curator at the MIT List Center for Visual Arts
2005 Chashama (AREA) Studio Residency, 40 Worth Street New York, NY
2004 Visual Art Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Sweet Briar, VA
2003-2004 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
American Academy of Rome, Visiting Artist Rome, Italy
2003 Visual Art Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Sweet Briar, VA
2002 New American Painters, NE edition #38
Juror: Lilian Tone, Assistant Curator, Museum of Modern Art
2001 The MacDowell Artist Colony Painting Fellowship Peterborough, NH
1994 Fellowship Award for Painting New Jersey State Council on the Arts
1992 Change Inc. New York, NY (Established by Robert Rauschenberg)
1991 Edward F. Albee Foundation, Visual Arts Fellowship Montauk, NY

Collections
Museum: Mississippi State Museum Jackson, MS
Corporate: The Maslow Collection Wilkes-Barre, PA
The Prudential Insurance Company Newark, NJ
Selected Private: Ross Bleckner New York, NY;
Edward Albee New York, NY;
Estelle Dodge Bay Harbor Islands, FL;
Vera List New York, NY;
Richard & Margaret Matthews-Berenson New York, NY

Bibliography & Publications
2015 “New York: Bradley Wester – Pavel Zoubok Gallery,” Ann Albritton; Sculpture Magazine, December
2015 “Dance With Me In The Disco Heat: Disco Memories In Bradley Wester’s ‘DISCOurse #2: Shine’,” Emily Colucci; filthy dreams
2014 “Razzle-dazzle and bedazzled,” Greg Cook; The Providence Phoenix, May
2010 “My Summer in Berlin: The In-Between Place of Contemporary Art” by Bradley Wester; PulseBerlin
2005 “For Artists, Cheap Studios…,” Lisa Chamberlain; The New York Times, 8 May
2004 “Summer Art Guide,” Alan Lockwood; New York Press, 25 May
2004 “When In Rome, Bruno Marina Gallery,” Benjamin La Rocco; The Brooklyn Rail (NY), June
2000 “Out Side In @ Catherine Moore,” Stefano Pasquini; NY Arts Magazine, July/August
1999 “Brooklyn Spice,” Paul Laster; artnet.com, Reviews, Fall
1998 “Artist Presses Emotion into Service,” Philadelphia Inquirer (PA), 10 August
1997 “Thin Skin,” Robert M. Murdock; Review Magazine (New York, NY), July/August
“Beauty in the Bottom of a Barrel,” Princeton Packet-Time Off, 11-20 July
1996 “Beyond the Modern and Back Again,” D. Eric Bookhart; New Orleans Gambit, May
1995 “Some New York Hedonists” by Terrrington Calas; New Orleans Art Review, May/June
“Bradley Wester” by Miyako Yoshinaga; Nikkei Art (Tokyo, Japan), August
1994 “Theatre Review: Junk Bonds,” Alexis Greene; Theatre Week, 12 December
” ‘Word of Mouth’ prompts plenty of smiles,” by Michael Lasser; The Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, NY), 23 October
1993 “Art of Social Awareness,” by Eileen Watkins; The Star Ledger (Newark, NJ), 17 March
1990 “Inventions/Abstractions Deserves a Browse,” Bill Moore; Wisconsin State Journal, 26 May

Theatrical Design
Bradley Wester has designed Theatre works for Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, and in Los Angeles, and New Orleans, by producers such as Mike Nichols and Elaine May, Fox Television, The Promenade Theatre-NY, LaMama-NY, Music Theatre Group-NY, Here Theatre-NY, and The Court Theatre-LA. Wester has designed plays of noted playwrights such as Eve Ensler, David Greenspan, Lucy Wang, and James Lecesne. In the 80’s Wester worked with world renown experimental theatre artist Robert Wilson, as a performer and personal assistant. Wester also wrote, designed, and performed his own performance/theatre work, which was presented in venues such as The Kitchen Center-NY, Danspace St. Marks Church-NY, PS1-Queens, New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, Sarah Lawrence College, and the New Jersey State Museum.