Bradford Graves

Artist Bio

Born in Dallas, TX in 1939, he came to NY in 1958 and received a Master of Arts from Goddard College. Brad taught at Parsons School of Design and was Professor of Fine Arts at Farleigh Dickinson University. He participated in many solo and group exhibitions, received numerous grants, awards and critical recognition from many admirers who recognized that his art, like his life, was both deeply felt and finely crafted.

An unusual and accomplished artist, Bradford Graves' limestone sculptures are strongly original and imaginative. His work often powerfully invokes elements of nature, history and mystical experience.

Bradford Graves won many awards for his art before he died in 1998. Among them was an Artist Fellowship in Sculpture from the National Endowment on the Arts. His work is in public and private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe including the Rockefeller Center in NYC and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Artist Quote: 'The making of sculpture may be taken as a desire for wholeness: …The material I have chosen to have a working dialogue with is stone. Stone, one of the oldest sculptural materials, not to be confused with its architectural use, has been limited by its outer boundaries, the monolithic block. I have attempted to overcome this by utilizing work methods derived from constructivism, the pitting together of separate blocks allowing space to become an active part of the sculpture. This is a unifying method of working that allows each unit of my sculptures to create its own reasons for its existence.'

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