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Braldt Bralds

Braldt Bralds



















Braldt Bralds was born in the Netherlands in 1951. As a child he learned of the profession of illustration, and his course was set. His father brought home scraps of paper from a paper mill, and Braldt drew continuously. When twelve he began attending the Grafische School in Rotterdam, where he was instructed in graphic arts and the printing trade. Aside from this training, Braldt is self-taught.

Once out of school, Braldt became a successful illustrator in Holland. In 1978, on his first day's visit to New York, he was commissioned to paint a cover for Time Magazine. Since then Braldt's career has been one success after another.

His work has appeared with Time, Newsweek, Esquire, The Washington Post, Playboy, Der Spiegel, Omni, Rolling Stone, Atlantic Monthly, and National Geographic. Braldt has illustrated book covers for publishers around the world, including M. Zimmer Braldley's The Mists of Avalon. Advertising campaigns include Levi-Strauss, Grand Marnier, Alfa Romeo, Pirelli, IBM, Celestial Seasonings, and Crabtree & Evelyn. He has designed stamp sets for the United Nations' and the United States' postal services.

In 1989 Braldt received the Clio Award for best illustration. He has earned numerous gold and silver medals from art director clubs around the country, along with the Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators in New York City. In 1993 the International Advisory Board of the Art Institute International established a Braldt Bralds Illustration Scholarship. Braldt taught at New York's School of Visual Arts, and has lectured and conducted workshops in cities throughout the world. In 1997 The Dutch Society of Illustrators inducted him into the Hall of Fame for his lifetime achievement in the field of international illustration.

Since 1995 Braldt has continuously created work for the publishing house, The Greenwich Workshop. Greenwich produces limited editions from Braldt's oil originals of feline compositions. Paper editions are lithographs, and canvas editions are printed as giclees.




As his illustration career flourished, Braldt continued to develop his fine art. In 1998 he began a body of work, portrayals of exquisitely detailed stones, which debuted in a one-man show, "Stone Lifes," at the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2003 he joined the 707 Contemporary Gallery in Santa Fe, and had a solo show, "Souvenirs," in August, 2004. Newer work includes a collaboration with ceramic artist Heidi Loewen. After Ms. Loewen constructs, low-fires, then smoke-finishes large, shallow porcelain vessels, Braldt paints trompe l'oeil effects on their surfaces.

In 2004 Braldt joined the Andreeva Portraits Gallery in Santa Fe, and the Calvin Charles Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Andreeva Gallery begins its painting academy in 2005, where Braldt will be conducting a painting workshop in the spring. He is also included in Andreeva Gallery's trompe l'oeil group exhibit in December, 2004.

In November 2004 Braldt was the guest of honor and featured artist for an exhibition produced by Germany's Der Spiegel magazine. "Die Kunst des Der Spiegel," a compilation of their cover art from the last 50 years, toured cities in Europe, eventually reaching New York in 2006.

In January, 2005 Braldt's work was included in the Arcadia Gallery's group exhibit at the Miami Art Fair, and in June he participated in Arcadia’s small works show at their Soho gallery in New York.

Most recently Braldt has joined two distinguished galleries. At the Modern Masters Fine Art Gallery in Palm Desert, California his work is presently included in a group show.

He has also just joined the Meyer Munson Gallery of Santa Fe, New Mexico; his work will begin to be shown there in the spring of 2008.














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