Jess Bradford is a Singaporean-born and Sydney-based artist, working across painting, ceramics, video and installation. Bradford’s work explores her mixed race heritage by questioning representations of cultural or national identity. She destabilizes concepts of an original, authentic cultural identity by working with reproductions, copies and self-reflexive forms.
Bradford holds an MFA by Research from Sydney College of the Arts, and was a recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Award. She has been a finalist in the Ramsay Art Prize, John Fries Memorial Prize, the Tim Olsen Drawing Prize, and the Jenny Birt Award. Bradford has participated in solo and group exhibitions across various Artist Run Initiatives and Regional Galleries, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 2019; MOP, 2016; Archive Space, 2014; Firstdraft Gallery, 2013; Penrith Regional Gallery, 2013; and Fairfield City Museum and Gallery, 2014. Bradford has been awarded the Blacktown City Art Prize for watercolour in 2012 and 2013. She is in Judith Neilson’s private collection and under the public acquisition of the Ford Land Company.