E. Ross Bradley
A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and the University of Guelph, Ross Bradley has exhibited nationally and internationally for more than 40 years. Upon arrival in Alberta in the late 1970s , like many before him, he focused on the prairie and mountain landscape. But his early interest in the figure soon took over and the human form took over. For the past 35 his studio practice has focused on working in the studio with the model in drawing, sculpture and photography.
For 36 years he worked as a curator and arts development Consultant with the Alberta Government and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. He has taught adult education programs, including figure drawing over the past 20 years at the Kootenay School of the Arts, Medicine Hat Cultural Centre, EPCOR Center for the Arts and Harcourt House Arts Center. He is a life member of the Alberta Society of Artists and Harcourt House Artist Run Center and has served on the Alberta and Canadian Craft Council.
In grade three I was asked to draw a picture of myself as a grownup and I drew a picture of a painter at an easel painting on a mountain sunset. Much to my parents’ dismay, my strength in High School was in the art, not engineering, law or medicine. At Art College and University I first encountered working with a live model, in both drawing and sculpture, and somehow that experience has influenced my art making ever since.
For a few years after my studies I worked primarily in landscape painting, with a very strong focus on the abstract design elements of the subject. But I soon found the human figure invading the landscape until the body became the landscape. Up to this point I was working with photographic references, so I had to return to the studio to rediscover the wonders and challenges of working directly with the model, Since then my practice , regardless of the media, has continued this exploration.