City at Dawn (Brooklyn, New York), 2014
oil on panel, 24 x 36"
Journey at Dusk, 2011
oil on panel, 34 x 59"
Looking Towards the Temple (detail), 2014
oil on panel, 8 1/2 x 6 1/2"
Twilight, East River (detail)
oil on panel
"In these turbulent times, one of the few certainties of life is the beauty that surrounds us. It comforts, reassures, and beckons us forward. Beautiful and poetic landscape is constantly relevant and timeless. Landscape is the outward form or vehicle I've always chosen to convey my personal vision, but in my strongest works, the vision, and not the vehicle, is the true underlying subject.
Elements of my personal iconography include visual journeys from a shadowed and uncertain foreground to an illuminated hopeful horizon, occasionally overseen by a lofty cloud or moon. Cool streams meander past wooded and tangled shores. Farmland is bathed in the last light of day. I hope these journeys are viewed as serious, but joyful, and hopeful reflections on the common human experience.
I believe for art to be a meaningful form of communication, it must be heartfelt and authentic. Great art must be an accurate reflection of the artist's view of the world. The world in which I find myself has elements of danger and longing to be sure, but I see my work as a reflection of my optimistic view that ultimately hope and beauty are always triumphant in the end."
BFA Brigham Young University, Provo
Professional Printer Training Certification, Tamarind Institute of Lithography, University of NM,Albuquerque
MFA University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Fred Jones Jr, Museum of Art, Norman, OK
University of Oklahoma, Norman
Springvale Museum of Art, Utah
America Art Collector, May 2007 Joshua Rose
Fine Art Connoisseur, "Utah: Not What You Might Expect" Martin Crossley and Sarah Farwell, March/ April 2007 Art & Antiques, June 2005
Southwest Living, April 11, 2004
Scottsdale Republic, Friday June 25 2004, Roberta Burnett
Santa Fean, July 2004, Eve Tolpa
Art & Antiques,Summer, 2004, SS86
The Santa Fe New Mexican, Pastiempo, July,16 2004, p.75
Deseret Morning News, Sunday, April 18, 2004 p. E8
Springville Hearald, July 16, 2003 "Brad Aldridge on Display at Art Museum"
The Santa Fe New Mexican, Pasatiempo, "Somber journeys with warm horizons," Robert Nott, June 21, 2002.
The Santa Fean, "Openings and Exhibitions," Wolf Schneider, editor, June 2002.
Southwest Art, "Contemporary Utah Artists", Margaret Brown, editor, January 2002
Utah Art, Utah Artists: 150 Year Survey, publisher Gibbs Smith, Authors: Swanson, Olpin, Poulton, Rogers, 2001
ART-TALK, In the Galleries, Editors, August/September 2001
Southwest Art, "Salt Lake Successes" Norman Kolpas, June 2000
Southwest Art, Best of the West, Margaret Brown, editor, June 2000
Santa Fean, Openings and Exhibitions, Editors, June 2000
Southwest Art, Best of the West, Margaret Brown, editor, July 1999
200 Great Painting Ideas for Artists, North Light Books 1998
The Santa Fe New Mexican, Pasatiempo "Formal Landscape Tradition with American Eyes" Craig Smith, July 24, 1998
Southwest Art, Best of the West, Margaret Brown, editor, July 1998
Pinnfund Powerline, issue #17, Pinnfund Corp. California, May 1998
Albuquerque Journal North, Albuquerque, NM "Genuine Appreciation for the Unexceptional" Wesley Pulkka, July 30, 1998
The Desert Sun, Palm Desert, Sunday Nov. 22, 1998
The Santa Fe New Mexican, Pasatiempo Santa Fe, NM "For Brad Aldridge it's metaphysical landscapes" Kathleen McCloud, Aug. 1, 1997
Aspen Magazine, Summer 1996
The Santa Fe New Mexican, Pasatiempo "Brad Aldridge's easy blend of real, romantic" Michael Koster, Santa Fe, NM Dec. 13, 1996