Virginia Bradley & Chris Malcomson

2011 Exhibit Dates
Nov 11 To Dec 11

An unlikely alchemy of the natural and the mystical worlds are captured with two-dimensional works by artists Virginia Bradley and Chris Malcomson. After meeting in 2004, the two artists discovered that their seemingly contrasting works complemented each other with a common reliance on the intuitive.

As a traveler, collector, and voyeur, Virginia Bradley collects and documents images from the natural world and observed cultures as source material for her work. Animal imagery, as represented in natural history, is a main theme that represents her intrigue with animal instinct, which she feels correlates to the intuitive process that is active in her paintings. Her use of printmaking and mixed media creates a dialogue between the printed image, the natural handmade mark, and the alchemy of disparate materials. Virginia Bradley is a professor of art at the University of Delaware. She received her MFA in painting from the University of South Florida and a BFA in painting and printmaking from the University of Miami. She resides in Philadelphia and has a studio at the Crane Arts Center.

Chris Malcomson's paintings are studies in form and color that reflect his love of the simple and minimal. They recall "inner landscapes, and thus become invitations to travel internally without a defined destination". He is influenced by Jungian and Transpersonal psychology and the poet Rumi. In his previous career as an engineer, Malcomson's ability to see the essence of a problem was honed; a desire to capture that essence led him to the minimalist style of painting. He attended the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, and maintained a studio at Great Western Studios, London, before immigrating to the United States. He lives and maintains a studio in Philadelphia.

Antrace, Virginia Bradley, 2010, mixed media on Indian paper, 46 in. x 34 in.