Peter Bradley

Spring 2017 Artist in Residence

Squire Foundation Artist in Residence, Spring 2017

Click here to visit Peter's AIR Project page.

New York Artist Peter A. Bradley is an artist of abstractions in life and color. He visually views through a different lens and applies color to canvas with unyielding power and imagination. Bradley is known to have had a direct affect on the “New New Painters” movement, a group of nine core artists that developed in 1978 coincident with the invention of acrylic gel paint with chemist Sam Golden. Bradley’s work is held in permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City Museum of Arts, African American Museum (Dallas), to name a few. Bradley grew up with Jazz Legends Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Thelonious Monk, Jimmy Cobb, Roy Haynes, Curtis Fuller, Ira Jackson and Allan Foster influencing his art with raw energy.


MARCH 4, 2017 12:00–2:00PM
SB Jazz Fest Redux
Second Line Procession & Fete
Special guest artist: Peter Bradley Meet & Greet
SBCAST, Studio E, 513 Garden Street, Santa Barbara
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MARCH 8, 2017 3:00–5:00PM
Studio Tour and Group Session for the UCSB Art Studio Graduate Students
UCSB Harder Stadium Studios, Building 580, Stadium Road, Santa Barbara

MARCH 10, 11, 12* 2017
Abstract Art Workshop with Peter Bradley *pre-registration needed

MARCH 12, 2017 2:00–5:00PM
Workshop Art Critique & Open House 0pen to the community
CAW (Creative Arts Workshop), 631 Garden Street, Santa Barbara

MARCH 16, 2017 5:30–8:30PM
Creative Resource Arts Villa (CRAV) presents: Artful Improvisations
A night of blended art forms as paint, music and poetry collide.
Proceeds go to support the Squire Artist in Residence program.
4515 Via Maria, Santa Barbara
Tickets available at

MARCH 23, 2017 6:45–8:00PM
Peter Bradley Art exhibit and Meet and Greet
Lobero Theater, 33 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara

MARCH 31, 2017 5:00–8:00PM
Art Exhibit and Reception
Gray Space Gallery, 219 Gray Avenue, Santa Barbara


Articles and Press:

How Black Modern Artists Defied a Singular Narrative in 1971

Excerpt from the article:

1971: A Year in the Life of Color studies two exhibitions essential to the ongoing relationship between black American artists and modernism. 

“There is a lot of history that this history sits on,” Melvin Edwards chimed in from the audience of Darby English’s book talk at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The history Edwards was speaking of was The Deluxe Show, a little-known exhibition that appeared in August of 1971 at the dilapidated DeLuxe Theater in the Fifth Ward of Houston, Texas. Edwards is a sculptor and master metalworker who also grew up in Fifth Ward, one of the first black communities in the city where this extraordinary exhibition occurred. English is an art historian, and his new book, 1971: A Year in the Life of Color, is the first to discuss Deluxe in depth. 

With the support of powerful art collectors Dominique and John de Menil, artist Peter Bradley wrestled his artist buddies in from New York and they descended upon the poor black neighborhood to bring art to the people.  (click here to read the rest of the article)