Reunited with Abstract Artist Friend

On a recent trip to New York City I reconnected

with an old friend and fellow abstract artist, Peter

A. Bradley. We had not seen each other for over

thirty years.

Peter and I first met in Guatemala, where I was

serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He and his

Basenji dog Kota appeared at my door step lost,

looking for lodging. A Peace Corps colleague told

Reunited with Abstract Artist Friend

Michael and Peter Bradley in the Village, NYC
Michael and Peter Bradley in the Village, NYC

him to look for an artist named Michael living

in the town of Mixco, just outside of Guatemala

City. Peter ended up traveling with my black

Labrador Mars and me for three months,

throughout Guatemala. I learned that

Peter was an extraordinarily well-know

member of the arts scene in New York

City and an accomplished abstract artist.

He was a member of the color field

school. I also learned that his father was

Miles Davis.

Peter has done well as artist. On one

occasion he traded one of his paintings for

a brand new custom-made Ferrari. His

biography is impressive. Here is a link to

his web site: www.peterabradley.com

Our recent reunion was joyous. Peter

credits me with having saved him from

wandering aimlessly in the jungles of

Central America. On our most recent

vist we spent time at his East Village

apartment and then we travelled north

along the Hudson River to his studio and home

in Saugerties, near Rhinebeck, New York.

Peter Bradley in his studio in Saugaties, NY
Peter Bradley in his studio in Saugaties, NY

There I was able to view his recent work, as well as

some of his earlier pieces, including several

sculptures. It was inspirational experience.

Peter and I are committed to staying in touch.

We talked about him visiting Santa Barbara

and the possibility of Peter teaching an artist’s

workshop while he’s here. Perhaps organized by

the Abstract Art Collective.

Peter Bradley showing his studio
Peter Bradley showing his studio
Peter and a recent work in his viewing room.
Peter and a recent work in his viewing room.
A recent painting by Peter Bradley
A recent painting by Peter Bradley

Last chance to visit the Abstract Artist Collective’s “SB Abstract Open” show at the Faulkner Main Gallery

Do you appreciate abstract art? Then take a moment  and visit the Faulkner Gallery at the downtown library here in Santa Barbara to see one of the best art shows on the South Coast.  I  am happy to report have two pieces in this juried show.  Hurry over. The show comes down this Friday, October 31st at 10 AM.

“Excogitation to the 3rd Power”, 2013, framed triptic; acrylic & mixed media on board & canvas; framed, 16”x36”; © A. Michael Marzolla $2,500.00
“Excogitation to the 3rd Power”, 2013, framed triptic; acrylic & mixed media on board & canvas; framed, 16”x36”; © A. Michael Marzolla $2,500.00
Two of my works hanging in the AAC Abstract Open
Two of my works hanging in the AAC Abstract Open

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A panoramic of the AAC show at the Faulkner
A panoramic of the AAC show at the Faulkner