Born in Los Angeles, CA, 1961
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
While growing up in Los Angeles, Mark Bradford used to make signs for his mother’s hair salon. In fact, at one time, he worked as a hairdresser in that salon. As he explained to PBS’s Art21, that upbringing instilled a joy and understanding with working with his hands and the art of making. “My art practice goes back to my childhood, but it’s not an art background. I’ve always been a creator. My mother was a creator; my grandmother was a creator,” Bradford explained. His initial works made use of hair salon products such as hair dyes, foil and hair perm-wave end paper, but eventually he began incorporating found objects such as street flyers, posters, newspapers and billboard ads for evocative and textured large-scale works.