Bradley Emerson

b 1990 Indiana, USA. Lives and works in Düsseldorf.


Fundamentally focused in painting, my works are generally a combination of a variety of personal experiences and cultural interests. My paintings develop from imagination and are later collaged with memories, found imagery, and my own photographs. They take direct elements from history, literature, cultural references, folklore, mythology, travel through Latin America and Europe, and everyday life and blend them together. A visual blending is also shown by the use of a wide array of painting mediums. They exhibit a connection through symbolic detail, narrative, and naïvety.

My pieces display an aggressive linear quality that shows a fondness for drawing as well as a playfulness in how subjects and themes are handled. The images are primarily figurative, but demonstrate abstract qualities such as wild and vibrant color palettes, use of pattern, and overly exaggerated forms and proportions. My artworks incorporate aspects of humor, often masking the darker undertones. Many portray isolated figures, vast and exotic landscapes, objects of historical reference, and a sense of solitude. Through these collected methods in the use of exploration, via the art of painting, an overall narrative that relates back to my foundation in storytelling develops.


  • 2018 Meisterschüler/Master Student of Herbert Brandl  
  • 2013–2018  
  • Student in Klasse Herbert Brandl, Fine Arts/Painting, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany  
  • 2012–2013  
  • Guest Student, Klasse Herbert Brandl, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany  
  • 2009–2012  
  • Study of Fine Arts/Painting, Herron School of Art & Design, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 2019
  • “Kunstauktion des Wiener Tierschutzvereins”, Dorotheum, Vienna, Austria.
  • “Rundgang 2019”, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • “Scholarship Exhibition/Nominiertenausstellung der ‘apoBank’”, Museum K21, Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • 2018
  • “Rundgang 2018”, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • 2017
  • “Art Award Exhibition/Kunstförderpreis of ‘von Rundstedt’”, Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • “Art Award Exhibition/Kunstförderpreis of ‘Hogan Lovells’”, Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • “EY Benefits Auction (Ernst & Young)”, Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • “Rundgang 2017”, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • “50 Contemporary Artists”, Enter Art Foundation, Berlin, Germany.
  • 2016
  • “Art After Work”, Academy Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • „Studentengruppenausstellung“, Kunstakademie Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • „Genius Loci IV: The Kicking Figure“, Setareh Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • „Rundgang 2016“, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • 2015
  • „Secret Santa“, Aktion mit Künstlern der Kunstakademie, Golestani Gallery, Düsseldorf
  • „Noch Neuere Neue Malerei“, Klasse Brandl, NRW Bank. Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • „Rundgang 2015“, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • 2014
  • „Rundgang 2014“, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • 2013
  • „Klasse Brandl Ausstellung“, Werft 77, Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • „Klasse Brandl Ausstellung“, Eller Kultur Bahnhof, Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • „Rundgang 2013“, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • 2012
  • „Everything on Wheels“, Art Sanctuary, Martinsville, Indiana.
  • „Joy“, Herron School of Art & Design, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • 2010
  • „Artesian Alumni Show“, Art Sanctuary, Martinsville, Indiana.
  • „Collective Minds“, Herron School of Art & Design, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Press & Publications
  • “Kunstauktion des Wiener Tierschutzvereins Katalog”, Vienna.  
  • “Maximalismus Rundgangsheft 2019”, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.  
  • “Maximalismus Rundgangsheft 2018”, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.  
  • “50 Contemporary Artists”, Enter Art Foundation Exhibition Catalog Berlin.  
  • “Maximalismus Rundgangsheft 2017”, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.
  • „Genius Loci IV: The Kicking Figure“, Setareh Gallery, Düsseldorf
  • „Maximalismus Rundgangsheft 2016“, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
  • „Noch Neuere Neue Malerei“, Klasse Brandl, NRW Bank Catalog
  • „Klasse Brandl 2013“ Catalog, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
  • „Bradley Emerson: Progression 2009–2012“

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