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, general interests, and artistic influences. My paintings tend to develop directly from imagination and are sometimes later collaged with memory, found imagery, and my own photographs. Using mediums such as oil, acrylic, spray paint, charcoal, and graphite, my paintings take direct elements from history, literature, cultural reference, folklore, mythology, travel through Latin America and Europe, and everyday life and blends them together. There is a definite interest in story telling involved in creating each piece as well as strong clues of symbolic detail.
The pieces display an aggressive linear quality that suggests a fondness of drawing as well as playfulness in how subjects and themes are handled. The images are primarily figurative, but demonstrate abstract qualities such as the wild and vibrant color palettes, use of pattern, and overly exaggerated forms and proportions. My artwork also exhibits aspects of humor, which often mask 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 Many portray isolated figures, vast and exotic landscapes, objects of historical reference, and a sense of solitude.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 through the art of painting, I am developing an overall narrative that relates back to my foundations in storytelling.


  • 2013–Current 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
  • 2016
  • „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
  • „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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