Peter Bradley in the May Abstract Art Collective Newsletter

Friend of A. Michael Marzolla and Artist in Residence at the Squire Foundation, Peter A. Bradley is featured in Bomb Magazine this month: “Artists in Conversation — Peter Bradley” by Steve Cannon, bombmagazine. org/article/8233125/peter-bradley. He is also a subject in the recent book 1971: A Year in the Life of Color by Darby English. (You can find it on Amazon.com.)

 a. Michael Marzolla and new York artist Peter a. bradley: Friends since 1974, Peter Bradley was recently Artist-in-Residence at the Squire Foundation. Michael was instrumental in arranging it.

 a. Michael Marzolla and new York artist Peter a. bradley: Friends since 1974, Peter Bradley was recently Artist-in-Residence at the Squire Foundation. Michael was instrumental in arranging it.

The book describes Bradley’s role as the curator of the groundbreaking DeLuxe Show in Houston, Texas in 1971 that brought together racially diverse abstract artists.

Michael’s friendship with Peter began in 1974 in Guatemala, where Michael was serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Peter had come to Guatemala to look for orchids, one of his passions. They ended up traveling together throughout Guatemala. For Michael, as a fellow artist, it was an opportunity to learn from someone first-hand who had successfully been involved in the New York art scene, and whose peer group included people like Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Jasper Johns, Norman Lewis, Larry Poons, and Clement Greenberg. To top it off, Peter’s connection with jazz greats Miles Davis and Gill Evans, among others, was heaven for Michael, who was also a jazz aficionado.

It took Michael over two years to make the connection for Peter at The Squire Foundation, on a recommendation by local artist Nancy Gifford. Thanks to The Squire, Peter was able to spend the month of March in their residency program, located here in Santa Barbara. His time here included leading a three-day painting workshop and a special arts event evening at The Squire campus. Peter was also a special guest at two Santa Barbara Jazz Festival events. His final show is up at GraySpace Gallery on Gray Avenue in the Funk Zone until May 14th.

For more information on The Squire Foundation, their mission, and their residency program, please visit thesquirefoundation.org. For more information on Peter Bradley, visit his website at peterabradley.com, or visit his wiki page at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_ Bradley_(artist).

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