steven edgar bradbury

photo of artist Steven Edgar Bradbury

I grew up in South Florida, studied art briefly at Cooper Union in the seventies, Chinese painting and calligraphy in Taiwan in the eighties. I then dropped art to become, among other things, a literary translator and literature professor, the latter for almost twenty years. In a leap of faith, I quit my job and returned to Florida in 2015 to pursue art full-time. I settled in Ft. White because it is the home of the Ichetucknee, the longest spring-fed river in the world and one of the most beautiful corners of a beautiful state. It was at the water's edge I honed the "pine noir" style of my graphite drawings, many of which were started near sunset and not completed until it was too dark to see the page, a practice that introduces an element of chance. Though I occasionally work in pastel and other media, I gravitate to graphite, to its rich darks and silvery sheens, which remind me of film noir and moonlit nights.

Solo Exhibits
2019 - Melrose Bay Art Gallery, "Black and White with a Splash of Color," Melrose, FL
2018 - Santa Fe College President's Gallery, "Pine Noir," Gainesville, FL

Group Exhibits
2020 - Liturgical and Sacred Art 2020, Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IN
2020 - 11th Annual Drawing Discourse Exhibition, University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC
2020 - 54th Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show, Del Mar College, Corpus Christie, TX
2019 - Figureworks 2019, Wallack's, St Brigid's Centre for the Arts, Ottawa, Canada
2019 - 311 Gallery Still Life Show, Raleigh, NC
2019 - Works on Paper National Juried Show, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ
2019 - Arizona Aqueous XXXIV, Tubac Center for the Arts, Tubac, AZ
2019 - 29th Annual All Florida Juried Arts Show, The Arts Council, Stuart, FL
2019 - 53rd Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX
2019 - Whatcom Museum, "Water's Edge" National Juried Art Exhibit and Awards, Bellingham, WA
2019 - Harn Museum of Art, "Art of Inquiry," University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2019 - Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery, "Valdosta National 2019", Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA
2018 - Naples Art Association, "National Art Encounter 2018-2019," Naples, FL
2018 - Palatka Arts Council, "Through Bartram's Eyes," Palatka, FL
2018 - Gainesville Fine Arts Association (GFAA), "Open Theme and Media," Gainesville, FL
2018 - GFAA, "The Self Portrait/Body Exhibit," Gainesville, FL
2018 - GFAA, "Local Inspiration," Gainesville, FL
2017 - Lanza Gallery, "Santa Fe Springs Pleinair Paint Out," High Springs, FL
2017 - Thomas Center, "Cross Creek Rising," Gainesville, FL

Art of Distinction Award, for "View Toward Prescott," 11th Annual Drawing Discourse Exhibition, University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC, 2020
Honorable Mention, for "Headsprings at Twilight" and "Ichetucknee Headsprings #6," Valdosta National 2019, Valdosta State University, 2019
First Prize, for "Payne's Prairie No.3," Palatka Arts Council, Palatka, FL, 2018
Best in Show, for "Payne's Prairie Series," GFAA, Gainesville, FL, 2018
Best in Show, for "My Tropic of Cancer," GFAA, Gainesville, FL, 2018
Honorable Mention, for "Payne's Prairie, Off 441," GFAA, Gainesville, FL, 2018



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