W J Bradley

LAKE LOUISE, FROM THE BRIDGE
LAKE LOUISE, FROM THE BRIDGE
WB048
watercolour, paper
14 x 11 in.
$700 CAD


LAKE VICTORIA
LAKE VICTORIA
WB046
watercolour, paper
7.5 x 9.5 in.
$400 CAD


MORAINE, SUMMER AFTERNOON
MORAINE, SUMMER AFTERNOON
WB045
oil, board
12 x 16 in.
$1,285 CAD


CASTLE MTN, AFTER RAIN
CASTLE MTN, AFTER RAIN
WB043
oil, board
14 x 18 in.
$1,485 CAD


CANMORE, WINTER SKETCH 1
CANMORE, WINTER SKETCH 1
WB038
oil, board
16 x 12 in.
$1,285 CAD


RUNDLE, SECOND VERMILION LAKE
RUNDLE, SECOND VERMILION LAKE
WB034
oil, board
12 x 16 in.
$1,285 CAD


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W J Bradley

Born and raised in Banff, Alberta, Canada in the heart of the Canadian Rockies in Banff National Park, I continue to be as enamoured with their majestic beauty as my family has been for four generations. Woven into the fabric of my life are recollections of inspiring people and their stories – heroes and heroines usually involving horseback riding, skiing, hiking and Banff Indian Days. This strong sense of history and belonging was nurtured by my grandfather, Chuck Millar, who was a trail guide and packer. These exhilarating mountain landscapes find expression in every aspect of my life.

In the spontaneity of painting 'en plein air' or in the precision of developing studio work with layers of transparent glazes, my paintings resonate with a passion for capturing the moment. My passion is painting en plein air in watercolours and oils. This passion has taken me to glaciers, lakes, mountain hillsides, forests and meadows here in the Bow Valley and beyond to oceans and old growth forests. Some of my favorite backcountry studios are at Lake O’Hara, Mt. Assiniboine, Bow Lake, the Queen Charlottes, Northern BC and the Yukon.

I have hiked, climbed, snow-shoed and arrived by helicopter to find a place to stand or sit with my pochade and paints. I paint regardless of the weather, in daylight or moonlight hours and in temperatures to –16 degrees. A painting kit accompanies me on every adventure and I have painted en plein air in Europe and the United States and then using these smaller sketches for the basis of studio paintings.

Building on a legacy of appreciation for pristine wilderness, natural environs and mountain culture, my journeys continue to carry me into new horizons to explore and to paint.

. Nationality is Canadian

Exhibitions

Solo Shows:

2014 W J Bradley: Seasons, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
2013 W J Bradley: Journeys, The Heron, Victoria, BC
2012 Artistic Journeys with W J Bradley, Bison Courtyard, Banff, AB
2011 W J Bradley: A Sense of Place, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
2009 Light Up the Night, Neumann Gallery, Okotoks, AB
2007 Artistic Journeys with W J Bradley, Harmony Lane, Banff, AB
2003 Artistic Journeys, Banff Television Festival, Canmore, AB
1996 Summer Gardens, Pinky’s, Calgary, AB

Group Shows:

2016 JOY, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2008 Group Show – August 2008, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
2007 Diversity & Women, Banff Public Library, Banff, AB, in honour of International Women’s Day
2006 Homegrown, Town of Banff, Banff, AB
2005 The Art of History, Num-Ti-Jah Lodge Art Show, Bow Lake, AB, in honour of Alberta’s Centennial
2003 Source, Num-Ti-Jah Lodge Art Show, Bow Lake, AB, in honour of the United Nations International Year of Fresh Water
2002 Local Colour, Wild Elements Gallery, Banff, AB, in honour of the United Nations International Year of Mountains
1999-2001 From the Heart’, Canmore Hospital Art Shows, Canmore, AB
1999-2001 CAAG (Canmore Artists & Artisans Guild), Various Shows, Canmore, AB
1998-1999 Twin Peaks, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
1996 Ginger Tea Room, Okotoks, AB

Collections

Num-Ti-Jah Lodge, Bow Lake, AB
CODA (Calgary Olympic Development Association), Bill Warren Training Centre, Canmore, AB
CBC/Radio-Canada, Executive Office, Canada
CTV, Executive Office, Canada
A&E Network, USA
Global Television, Executive Office, Canada
NHK (Japan Public Broadcasting), Executive Office, Japan
RTE, Executive Office, Ireland
BBC, Executive Office, United Kingdom
SATEL, Executive Office, Austria
ABC, Executive Office, Australia
MDA, Executive Office, Singapore
Discovery Networks, Executive Office, USA

Awards

2007 ‘Guest Artist’, Canada Day, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
2006 ‘Artist-In-House’, The Juniper, Banff, AB
2005 ‘Guest Artist’, Canada Day, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
2005 ‘Best Heritage Related Experience’, Banff Heritage Tourism Award, Banff, AB, watercolour paintings for Museo Packs, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
2003 ‘Artist-In-Retreat’, Atlin Art Centre, Atlin, BC
2002-Present ‘Artist-In-Residence’, Num-Ti-Jah Lodge, Bow Lake, AB
2002-Present ‘Guest Artist’, Culture Walk/Plein Air Painting, Whyte Museum of the Canadian
Rockies, Banff, AB
2002 ‘Artist-In-Residence’, CODA (Calgary Olympic Development Association), Haig Glacier, Kananaskis Country, AB
1997-1998 ‘Guest Artist’, (PAPA) Plein Air Painters of Alberta

Publications

2011 “Bow Lake, Images in Art’, by Jane Lytton Gooch, reproduction of ‘Blue Notes’ 16 x 20 oil plein air painting
2007 ‘Mount Assiniboine, Images in Art’, by Jane Lytton Gooch, reproduction of ‘Early Morning at Mount Assiniboine’ 11 x 14 watercolour
2003-2007 ‘The Local Lowdown’, Cover, YWCA of Banff, Banff, AB, reproduction of ‘Banff Avenue’ 30 x 40 oil painting
2006 ‘Artistic Odyssey’, Experience Life Magazine, Published by Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA, reproduction of photos & article
2006 ‘The Calendar of Events’, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB, featured Plein Air artist
1999 ‘Painting Peaks’, The Alpine Club of Canada Gazette, Canmore, AB, article

Affiliations

Rotary Club of Banff
Alpine Club of Canada

Credits

LOGO & SET DESIGN & ARCHITECTURAL RENDERINGS

2001 Mountain Homes for Humanity, Canmore, AB
1996 Grace Community Alliance Church, Calgary, AB
1995 Red Deer Christian School, Red Deer, AB
1994-96 Southview Alliance Church, Calgary, AB