Los Angeles

Bennett Bradbury

Paulsen Gallery, Pasadena

This painter has the technical ability to capture the visible moods and aspects of the sea in the format of the 19th-century landscape artists. While his paintings are consistent throughout, no doubt perfectly sincere in their regard for the power and beauty of the sea, and will appeal to the general taste, they are little more than decorations. A sensitive viewer would soon cease to find them challenging, and they would blend into the surrounding decor as nonentities. Mr. Bradbury while competent, cannot be called an innovator, because he uses old and thoroughly developed approaches to his subject. In his best works his realism captures a mood with feeling; other paintings demonstrate a lack of involvement and resolution and become mere formula; but the sea and/or reality has perhaps greater and surely different aspects than the visual to us today.

Barbara Smith