B I O G R A P H Y
Bradley Hankey studied art at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting in 2007. Hankey is a realist painter whose current work reflects his interest in the light and landscape of Southern California. His work has been show in galleries and museums throughout Southern California, as well as Boston, Italy, Tanzania and Costa Rica. Hankey maintains a studio in downtown Los Angeles and is represented by Skidmore Contemporary Art.
A R T I S T - S T A T E M E N T
My work begins as an emotional response to my environment. I see imagery in the world around me that compels me to paint. The painting process is my way of expressing the beauty that I see every day.
I capture these images with my phone. Photography is akin to sketching for me, as I’m able to quickly reference moments that might become paintings. Back in my studio, I prepare wood panels for painting, and produce a drawing on the panel using the reference image. The paintings come together over time, with each painting consisting of many layers. The bottom layers often contain thick, opaque applications of paint, with the final layers being thin, transparent glazes. I spend a lot of time mixing paint, as color is one of the most important parts of my work. I use color to convey the emotions I felt when I saw the image, and the passion I feel when I paint.
I have been thinking of this body of work for many years, and the images have been compiled over time. The title of this body of work, “Shadows of Paradise,” loosely refers to Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave.”
In the allegory, there is a group of prisoners who have lived in a cave their entire lives. They are bound with chains, so that they can only see a blank wall directly in front of them. Behind the prisoners, and out of their view, a fire burns, and people walk past the fire carrying objects that project shadows onto the wall. The prisoners see the different shapes, and delight in their knowledge of the forms, thinking the shadows are real objects. Eventually, a prisoner breaks free, and makes his way outside the cave. At first, he is blinded by the sun, but his eyes eventually adjust, and he learns that the forms from the cave are mere representations of actual objects. They are only shadows. Excited to share his newfound knowledge, he returns to the cave, but he is blinded again, this time by the darkness. The prisoners think the outside world has harmed him, and they disregard his words, happy to remain in the cave.
I feel like the prisoner who escaped in the allegory. Take my hand as we exit the cave. I want to show you the truth that lies behind the shadows.
R E S U M E
2017 - Shadows of Paradise, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
2016 - California Now, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
2015 - California, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
2014 - #instalite #losangeles, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
2018 - California Cool, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California. Exhibit and auction.
2017 - Spring Fling, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
2017 - California Cool, Featured Artist, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California. Exhibit and auction.
2016 - Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Palm Springs, California
2016 - California Cool, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California. Exhibit and auction.
2016 - Group Exhibition, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
2015 Laguna College of Art Collector’s Choice Auction, Montage Resort, Laguna Beach, California
2015 - Gallery Artists: A Work In Progress, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
2015 - California Cool, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California. Exhibit and auction.
2015 - California Dreaming: An International Portrait of Southern California, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, California, and Oceanside Art Museum, Oceanside, California
2014 - California Dreaming: An International Portrait of Southern California, Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone, Frosinone, Italy
2014 - Summer, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
2014 - Palette to Palate, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California. Exhibit and auction with work by ten artists.
2013 - Still Summer, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
2013 - Summertime, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
2011 - The Lights of Los Angeles, One Cog Gallery, Los Angeles
2010 - Weho@25, Temporary Space, West Hollywood, California. Juried by Howard N. Fox, Curator Emeritus of Contemporary Art, LACMA
2008 - Faces and Places, Gallery Sister Sorel, Boston, Massachusetts
2007 - Art in Embassies, United States Embassy, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
2007 - Paint, LynnArts - Time Warner Gallery, Lynn, Massachusetts
2007 - Open Studios, The Julia and David White Artist's Colony, Costa Rica
2017 - Warm Heart Art, Tanzania (one month)
2009 - Conceptos Artisticos, Costa Rica (one month)
2007 - The Julia and David White Artist's Colony, Costa Rica (one month)
2007 - Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, Massachusetts. Degree: Bachelor of Fine Art, Painting
2002 - Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon. Studied art and environmental issues
2014 - California Dreaming: An International Portrait of Southern California, Exhibition catalog, pg. 27, published by Oceanside Museum of Art
2011 - Studio Visit, Volume Sixteen, Boston. Publisher: The Open Studio Press / Steven T. Zevitas. pg. 78-79
2008 - Art In Ebassies, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Exhibition catalog, cover credit and essay, pg. 4-5, published by the U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.