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Stamp No. 029Katherine Bradford

Katherine is a New York based painter with galleries in Portland, Paris, London, New York, and Berlin. Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Menil Foundation, and the Dallas Museum, among others. She has received a Guggenheim, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, and two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (NYC).


Have you designed a stamp before?

I have never designed a stamp before and hope to do more. 


What was the most interesting or fun aspect of designing a poster stamp? What unique challenges did it present?

These eight “strong woman” portraits were made as place cards for a neighborhood party. Each woman is a friend of mine and we all live by the sea, our road being a long peninsula. When The Portland Stamp Company requested JPEGs of each image I had to confess I’d already given them away as gifts at the party.  


Tell us about the art. Did you create something new for this stamp?

I’m a figurative painter and these women often populate my paintings, usually with full bathing suits, not topless.

My gallery in Portland, OR just had a show of my work titled “Mother Joins the Circus” They published an accompanying book with a small strong man on the cover. I made the place cards after I made the book cover. 


Anything else? 

I shall have a wonderful time with this magnificent collection! My thanks to Portland Stamp!  

The Artist Series

An ongoing collaboration with invited designers, artists, and writers who create original work for an unusual form: the poster stamp. The stamps are printed on lickable, gummed paper and pinhole perforated by hand on our vintage machines. The sheets are signed and numbered by the artist, and released in editions of 100. Suitable for framing. View full series.

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