About Bradford Stewart

Bradford Stewart is an abstract painter living and working in Los Angeles. As a former composer and professional musician, his artwork is inspired by contemporary jazz, ethnic and avant-garde classical music. Stewart’s paintings are specified internationally by  art consultants, designers, and architects, for high-end residential, hospitality and corporate projects. His work is recognized internationally, and is collected by individual and corporate collectors. His paintings are commissioned for specific installations and his work is used extensively in the television and film industry.

Stewart studied art at the San Francisco Art Institute and California College of Arts and Crafts. He has had many solo and group exhibitions over the past 25 years.  Stewart freely admits he has always been a nonconformist. In his first career as a composer, singer and songwriter, he held true to his diverse taste in music genres, composing music for a broad spectrum of artists and styles.  

Today, as an abstract painter, Stewart remains a maverick. While galleries have urged him to stay within a particular style, he refuses to be pigeonholed. “I want the freedom to express myself in a variety of different ways”, asserts the artist. Apparently, his autonomous approach is working. One of the top selling artists in L.A., people typically buy several of Stewart’s pieces at one time because his multi-faceted artwork adds character to a space, giving it a look of continuity without the appearance of one artist.

Stewart continues to pursue his interest in merging the arts, with painting, music, dance, fashion, light and projection. "Ballet In Abstract" is a 5 minute ballet video that can be viewed on the website, the first in a series of multi-disciplinary videos he has planned over the next two years, slated to be shown in museums and special venues. His interest in dance and theatre began while working in San Francisco, where Stewart was commissioned by the Oakland Ballet Company, to collaborate on a large body of work based on the company's 35 year history. 15 large abstract, photographic, collaged paintings were shown at the company's 35 year anniversary celebration. Currently he is planning similar projects with the several major international ballet companies. 

Although Stewart transitioned from composer to painter nearly 25 years ago, music continues to be a major influence in his life.” Painting is a very physical process. To me, it’s very emotional. Music sets that up and keeps me in the right side of the brain,” says Stewart. The artist gets his best inspiration from progressive, Avant Garde jazz. Some of his favorites are the high energy, dissonant sounds of classical composer Ed Bland, musicians Michael Brecker, John McLauglin, Wayne Shorter and the late John Coltrane.

Stewart has a sense of the overall feeling he wants to evoke, although he never knows how each piece is going to turn out. In fact, many of the materials he uses-acrylics, enamels, resins, polyurethane, pearlescent paints- prevent him from having total control of the outcome, leaving room for an organic process to play it's part in the overall process. After dozens of layers, washes, and mixing of materials, Stewarts’ mostly large paintings have an organic, rich, almost 3-dimensional-quality.

Biography

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

                 2012

Bradford Stewart Outdoor Gallery Premiere, Culver City, CA

2011

Culver City Art Walk, Culver City, CA

2010

Cambodian Children's Foundation, Culver City, CA

An Evening of Art & Music, Benefit art and music programs of Venice Lutheran School,

2680 Gallery, Culver City, CA

Culver City Art Walk, Culver City, CA

2009

The Scale of Art, Thomas Moser, Culver City, CA

La Cienega Design Quarter, Lee Stanton, West Hollywood, CA

Culver City Art Walk, Culver City, CA

2008

Culver City Art Walk, Culver City, CA

2007

Art  Walk After Party, LACMA, Los Angeles, Ca

Culver City Art Walk, Culver City, CA

2005

Laurie Frank & Media Rose Gallery opening reception for Bradford Stewart, Santa Monica, CA

2000

The Art of the Dance Celebration of Oakland Ballets 35th Season, Oakland, CA

1997

Art Life Gallery reception, San Francisco, CA

1996

Art Life Gallery reception, San Francisco, CA

1992

Architects & Heroes art reception, San Francisco, CA

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

                  2013

Brent Shapiro Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Awareness, Beverly Hills, CA

Dwell Art & Design Show, LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA 

2012

The Power of Pink, benefits for breast cancer survivors and research, Sony Picture Studios, Culver City, CA

Dwell Art & Design Show, LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

2011

Artworks for the Cure, Santa Monica, CA

Dwell Art & Design Show, LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

2010

Artworks for the Cure, Santa Monica, CA

Dwell Art & Design Show, LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

2009

Artworks for the Cure, Santa Monica, CA

CaBoom, Art & Design Show, LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

Dwell Art & Design Show, LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

2008

CaBoom, Art & Design Show, LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

2007

CaBoom, Art & Design Show, Barker Hanger, Santa Monica, CA

2006

CaBoom, Art & Design Show, Barker Hanger, Santa Monica, CA

2005

CaBoom, Art & Design Show, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA

2004

CaBoom, Art & Design Show, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA

1998

Art Life Gallery reception, San Francisco, CA

1994

Flegel’s Art Show, Menlo Park, CA

FEATURED PUBLICATIONS

2012

LUXE  Interiors + Design , Winter 2012

Tradition Home, July 2012

2011

Madison DE LUXE, Dec. 2011

South Bay, Moon tide Media's Summer 2011

2009

Veranda, Mar. 2009

2007

"Home of the Week." Los Angeles Times, Dec. 2007

Malibu, Sep. 2007

Artworks, Spring 2007

European Homes + Design, 2007

2006

Devine Design, Mar. 2006

2005

California HOME + Design, June 2005

SPACE, May 2005

SPACE LA Edition, May 2005

Architectural Digest, Feb. 2005

2003

California HOME + DESIGN, Aug. 2003

Art in America, Jan. 2003

2001

Monterey Peninsula Herald

 

AUCTIONS

2013

Angels' Night 2013, Beverly Hills, CA

Brent Shapiro Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Awareness, Beverly Hills, CA

2012

Power of Pink, benefits for breast cancer survivors and research, Sony Picture Studios, Culver City, CA

2011

Artworks for the Cure 2011, Santa Monica, CA

2010

Artworks for the Cure 2010, Santa Monica, CA

Cambodian Children's Foundation, Culver City, CA

An Evening of Art & Music, benefits art and music programs for Venice Lutheran School, Culver City, CA

2009

Artworks for the Cure 2009, Santa Monica, CA

 

EDUCATION

1991-1993

California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA

1989-1990

San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

1988-1989

Palo Alto School of Contemporary Art, Palo Alton, CA

1987-1988

UC Berkley Ext., Berkley, CA

1982-1984

Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA

 

LECTURES

Bradford Stewart keynote speaker lecturing on Art, Design, and Copyright Infringement.

2008

Dwell Design Show, Los Angeles, CA

2001

West Week, Los Angeles, CA

2000

NY Design Week, Manhattan, NY

1999

Neocon Show, Chicago, IL

1998

Galleria Design Center, San Francisco, CA

ASID National Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ

 

PAST DEALERS

2013

Blake House, Laguna Niguel, CA

2011

2680 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2010

Bungalow 360, Santa Barbara, CA

David Sutherland, Dallas, TX

Natalie Umbert, Costa Mesa, CA

Thomas Moser, Culver City, CA

2009

Holly Hunt, Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN; Miami, FL

2008

Crossroads Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2006

Dakota Jackson, Los Angeles, CA

2004

LACMA Collector's Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Tadu Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2002

Ocean Avenue Gallery, Carmel, CA

2000

Berkley Square Gallery, Berkley, CA

Michael Thompson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Sloan Miasato, San Francsico, CA

1999

Laurie Ghielmetti, Pleasanton, CA

Oakland Collector's Gallery, Oakland, CA

1998

Martinos, Los Gatos, CA

1995

Gallery House, Palo Alto, CA

Misson Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1994

Flegel's Fine Art, Menlo Park, CA

1992

Architects & Heroes Gallery, San Francisco, Ca