Brad Kahlhamer is an artist who lives and works in New York City. He was born in Tucson, Arizona in 1956 and received a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Brad Kahlhamer fuses an exuberant embrace of expressionist painting with the visionary tradition of Native American art. Drawing from country western and the Native American rock music scene, the artist’s visionary landscapes swirl with an atavistic energy; the paintings seem to have a sound that accompanies their visual rhythm. The great American bald eagle sweeps though the paintings almost as a surrogate for the artist, representing his immersion into his personal American landscape. Kahlhamer has created his own world in these paintings mixing representations of the real into a visionary “third place,” as the artist describes it.
His work has been collected by institutions such as: the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Brad Kahlhamer works in a range of media from painting and sculpture to performance art and music. Abstract Expressionism and Native American Art both have influenced Brad Kahlhamer's work. The artist has also contributed album artwork for musical groups such as The Kills, and Man Man. Brad Kahlhamer's combines his experience in the music and art worlds and also has created videos that utilize his visual and audio work. Kahlhamer is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery.Artist website: www.bradkahlhamer.net