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The Art of the Book - Kay Bradner


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There is an unmistakable quality to Kay Bradner’s work. Crisply incised lines define the shapes of the central objects, while abstracted fields of color deepen the space around them. She often uses several media in a single work to achieve the effect she wants. Rich abstracted fields of color using a monotype-like technique contrast with the sharp intaglio line drawn into the surface. Many of these recent works are created on aluminum. The surface is one that as a printmaker, Bradner is very comfortable with. The evolution of painting and incorporating the many techniques she had mastered is uniquely hers.

Bradner is highly respected in the Bay Area and beyond for her extraordinary skills as a printmaker. Few artists are as accomplished in the art of intaglio printmaking. Bradner has been essential in helping many artists achieve remarkable works in that medium. They include Joseph Goldyne, Gary Bukovnik, Mark Adams, Beth Van Hoesen, Michael Mazur and Matt Phillips. In 1974, Bradner established Katherine Lincoln Press in San Francisco. The press was named for her grandmother whom she admired greatly.

Bradner was born in Foxboro, Massachusetts. She attended Oregon State University where she studied geology. She soon realized that it was not just the “logic” of landscapes that engaged her, but the beauty of them – in her words, “Beauty informed by logic.” She turned her focus to making art. She received her Masters in Fine Art from the CCAC (California College of Arts and Crafts) in 1975. Bradner has taught at at CCAC, UC Davis and The San Francisco Art Institute.

Kay Bradner

1947 Walpole, Massachusetts

1972 BA Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
1975 MFA California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA

1998 Moulin de Pilande Basse, Plaissance, France

Solo Exhibitions:
2009 Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CA “Tender Observations”
2008 Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CA “Unfurle
2006 Institute of Health & Healing, SF, CA “one painter, one poet” with Kathy Evans, poet
2005 CFA Gallery, San Angelo, CA “Afloat”
2005 Women’s Health Resource Center, San Francisco, CA
“Boats as metaphors for healing”
2004 Atrium Gallery, Marin General Hospital, Corte Madera, CA
“Water & Boats, Memories & Metaphors”
2001 Institute of Health & Healing, San Francisco, CA “visualizing”
1999 Bradford-Smock gallery, San Francisco, CA “What kind of Fractal is a Duck?”
1997 Emmie Smock gallery, San Francisco, CA “Paintings”
1995 Le Petit Cafe, San Francisco, CA
1991 Syd Entel Gallery, Safety Harbor, FL
1990 Harvard Coop, Cambridge, MA
1988 Nancy Teague Gallery, Seattle, WA
1975 Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland, CA
1973 Burnet Gallery, Amherst, MA “color studies”

Group Exhibitions:
2005 Charles Campbell Gallery, SF, CA “Introductions”
2005 Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA “looking back, stepping forward”
2003 Women’s Cancer Resource Center, Oakland, CA “animal art”
2000 Maxwell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1999 Gallery Concord, Concord, CA “Print Variations on a Musical Theme”
1998 Atrium Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Home Front” 2 person with Christine Hanlon

1994 Le Petit Cafe, San Francisco, CA “Impromptu” featuring collaborative book project with Headlands group: Me, Charles Hobson, Kathy Evans & Tom Centolella
1993 Edith Caldwell Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Artists’ Self Portraits in Black & White”
1992 West Side Gallery, Berkeley, CA
1985 Euphrat Gallery, Cupertino, CA “Face to Face”
1985 Pratt, New York City, NY “Pratt Annual Printmaking Competition”
1984 The Print Club, Philadelphia, PA “60th Annual Print Show”
1983 Euphrat Gallery, Cupertino, CA “Printers as Artists”
1974 SFMOMA, (group show)”six printmakers”, San Francisco, CA 1974 Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR “Oregon Artists under 35”
1974 Silvermine Artists Guild, New Canaan, CT “10th National Print Exhibition

Museum Collections:
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Artist Book Collections:
University of Illinois, Urbana
Stanford University Library
University of Rochester Library
UC Davis Library
Huntington Library
Bancroft Library
Columbia University Library
USF Gleeson Library

Katherine Lincoln Press a.k.a. Kay Bradner Art and Art services - specializing in etching, monotype, photogravure and artists books

1991-1997 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA -etching
1995 Urban School, San Francisco, CA high school - etching & drawing
1976-1979 California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA - etching & photo etching.
1979 University of California at Davis, Davis, CA - graphic arts photography.


La Pilande Basse
La Pilande Basse
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The Present
The Present
handmade artist book, gravure, etching   2014
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Kay Bradner Allens Ducklings is an artist book showing at Seager Gray Gallery located in Mill Valley San Francisco Bay Area
Allen's Ducklings
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The Present
The Present
  2014  Sold
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