About


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 shown in galleries and museums throughout Southern California, as well as Boston, Italy, Tanzania and Costa Rica. Hankey maintains a studio in downtown Los Angeles. He is represented by Skidmore Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and by Sue Greenwood Fine Art in Laguna Beach, California.

A R T I S T - S T A T E M E N T

My paintings are a direct response to my environment. I see imagery every day that compels me to paint. My work transforms the literal image into a figurative painting, abstracted with color and form, that describes what I felt when I was there.

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.

While subject matter is an important part of my work, the painting process is, for me, ultimately about color. Color is one of my great passions in life and fuels my practice. Much time is spent mixing paint, and every color I choose is deliberate. I use color to convey the emotions I felt when I saw the image, and the passion I feel when I paint. I often contrast flat planes of color with more complicated, mixed colors, and frequently employ glazing – thin, transparent layers of paint that optically blend to form a unique color with light and depth.

In my work, I see memories of places I have been. However, my work isn’t about me – the paintings are a response to California, which continues to provide me with subject matter for my work.

R E S U M E

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019 - Watch The Sunset With Me, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020 - Bradley Hankey: Here With Me, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, California

2019 - Lauren Albrecht, curator. Lost in the Sky, 5/2018 - 8/2019. Los Angeles International Airport, Terminal 7 Gallery, Los Angeles
2019 - Works by Gallery Artists, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
2019 - Laguna College of Art and Design Collector’s Choice Auction, Seven-Degrees, Laguna Beach, California
2019 - California Cool, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California. Exhibit and auction.


2018 - Group Exhibition, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, California
2018 - Laguna College of Art and Design Collector’s Choice Auction, Seven-Degrees, Laguna Beach, California
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 and Design 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

RESIDENCIES
2018 - 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)

EDUCATION
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

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2019 - Shana Nys Dambrot. Meet an Artist Monday: Bradley Hankey, LA Weekly, December 2019, https://www.laweekly.com/meet-an-artist-monday-bradley-hankey/
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.

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