Brad Durham’s Cumberland Gallery Show Spotlights Fairy Tale Landscapes

Through April 9

Brad Durham comes to Nashville by way of Minnesota with a little side jaunt through the Northwest, though he hails from the Bay Area in California. The painter is showcasing his work at Cumberland Gallery now through April 9 in his second solo show at the venue, and its themes seem redolent of the atmosphere all those regions are known for—verdant forest and rich landscape.

How the Land Talks, 2015, Oil on canvas, 60” x 60” x 2”

How the Land Talks, 2015, Oil on canvas, 60” x 60” x 2”

Durham developed his strong sense of aesthetics in his California youth, studying at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and at Humboldt State for philosophy. He spent a decade teaching at the former school while exploring the philosophical studies at Humboldt. In an artistic career spanning more than 30 years, he’s had no less than 47 solo exhibitions of his works.

He is best known for ethereal landscape images, adding a cool touch to tantalizing visions of tree forms, some with color palettes that evoke a sense of hours or seasons—twilight blues, winter violets, soft honey-gold dawns, vibrant fall reds.

His printmaking likewise incorporates love of images gleaned from the natural world, sometimes with a hint of East Asian style and color. Each and every work calls out viewers from their urban and suburban lives to rediscover the beauty that lies in trees, leaves, and flowers.

This show, How the Land Talks, will run parallel with artist Billy Renkl’s Field Notebook (see page 90) through April 9 at Cumberland Gallery. For more information, visit See more of Brad Durham’s work at


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