Bradley Stevens grew up in Westport, CT and came to Washington, D.C. to attend George Washington University, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1976 and Masters of Fine Arts in 1979. In addition to his art studies, Stevens spent five years copying several hundred Old Master paintings at the National Gallery of Art. In 1982, he was invited to teach drawing and anatomy at his alma mater; and in 1988, he began teaching drawing and portrait painting at Georgetown University. He remained a faculty member of both institutions until 2000.
In his career of over 30 years, Stevens has forged a reputation as one of America’s leading realist painters. His style is contemporary realism––rooted in classical training, yet boldly depicting the modern world with his penetrating eye. Stevens is unique among his contemporaries for his exceptional achievements in three domains of representational art: portraiture, landscapes and figurative cityscapes. He frequently works on commission, and many of the commissioned paintings are on a large scale for public and private spaces.
Stevens has painted the portraits of luminaries and leaders in the fields of education, business, medicine, law, science, philanthropy and politics. His stellar list of patrons includes Governor Mark Warner of Virginia; Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.; the family of Senator John D. Rockefeller, IV.; Glenn L. Martin, co-founder of Martin Marietta; C. Michael Armstrong, chairman of Johns Hopkins University Hospital and Medical School; Senator Jennings Randolph of West Virginia; and Sarah Tomerlin Lee, world-renowned interior designer. In January of 2007, the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, acquired the portrait of Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. for their permanent collection.
“I used to have students come up to me and say they don't know what to paint. I could never understand that. You paint your life. If you are a living, breathing, thinking, feeling person, subjects are everywhere.”
~ Bradley Stevens