Brad Aldridge: Mormon Artist
Bradley Ethan Aldridge is a pastoral landscape artist whose goal is to create objects of beauty that nourish the viewer on a spiritual level. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Aldridge was born in 1965. He knew he wanted to become a professional artist from the age of four when his mother began taking an art class at a community college. Although he lived in numerous places as a child, ranging from Japan to Arkansas as an “Army brat,” he attended college level art classes at the University of Arkansas while still in junior high school. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in lithography from Brigham Young University. While at BYU, he began exhibiting nationally. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Arkansas. He taught lithography and painting at BYU.
In a departure from his usual landscapes, he painted a cityscape, which won the Juror's First Place Award for his oil painting Winter Afternoon, Salt Lake City at the 2012 Springville Art Museum Spring Salon exhibition.
His focus in painting is not so much articulating a specific place, but rather, a specific feeling that emanates from that place. He designs and handcrafts his frames with a specific painting or series of paintings in mind.
His work is collected by the Pinnfund Corporation, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, and the Springville Museum of Art. His paintings are featured in some of the temples of the Church of Jesus Christ. He painted murals for the Ft. Lauderdale Florida Temple. He and his wife, Julia, live in Moroni, Utah.