Bio:Karen Bradley is a contemporary figurative realist oil painter based in Savannah, GA. Her paintings focus on portraiture and figurative subject matter. Her inspiration comes primarily from people she encounters, their expressive qualities and patterns of light and shadow that reveal them. Karen’s works are honest visual interpretations of her experiences as she perceives them.
Karen has participated in several solo and group exhibitions, and her figurative paintings have won numerous awards including first place and Best of Show. Her work is featured in numerous private and public collections.
Karen’s artistic career began in Medical Illustration. She served as a Foundations Faculty member for several years at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her passion for the human figure drove her to pursue greater education in figurative painting. Karen studied at the Art Student’s League of New York as well as Studio Incamminati of Philadelphia and has worked with many established artists such as Joseph Todorovitch, Max Ginsberg, and Robert Liberace. She is an active member of the Oil Painters of America and The Portrait Society of America.
My work is about human emotions and conditions. How we express, mask and cope with them and how they came to exist. Expression of the physical body begins to unveil the mystery of how we see ourselves and others and how our own infirmities and brokenness shape these perceptions. I take immense pleasure in studying people and identifying with them. How a person moves her mouth to talk or smile, the subtle lift of a brow or flare of the nostrils before a laugh, how the structure of someones face matches that of an old college roommate, how the translucent skin of a redhead glows, revealing layers of beautiful color. The inherent beauty of human kind demands my attention and captivates my soul. My work is an honest interpretation of humanity as I experience it with subtle implied narratives that encourage viewers to make meanings of their own. My goal is to capture the spirit of my subjects, eloquently and sensitively, offering a naturalistic perspective of who we are.