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W J Bradley

watercolour, paper
14 x 11 in.  
$ 700 CDN

watercolour, paper
7.5 x 9.5 in.  

$ 400 CDN

oil, board
12 x 16 in.  
$ 1285 CDN

oil, board
14 x 18 in.  
$ 1485 CDN

oil, board
16 x 12 in.  
$ 1285 CDN

oil, board
12 x 16 in.  
$ 1285 CDN

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.

W J Bradley

Rotary Club of Banff
Alpine Club of Canada

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

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


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

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

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
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