Donald Bracken

I have been involved with painting landscapes in one form or another for many years. At one time I had a studio on the 91st floor of the World Trade Center as an artist in residence and painted the city and the clouds above from a lofty perch. For the last year and a half I have been concentrating more on terrestrial themes: the farms, the earth, the soil from which our food springs and on which we build our foundation. Through my “dirt” paintings, I have tried to express the omnipotence of the earth, of nature and the fragility of man.
I have been using dirt from farms in Glastonbury and Cornwall, and other natural substances from the ground such as river sand from the Connecticut River, clay from Cornwall, and limestone from Falls Village. I mix the dirt with heavy-bodied acrylic gel which preserves the integrity and permanence of the material. Rich populations of Native Americans may have been supplanted by settlers from another place, the rivers ebb and flow, but the land continues to sustain its people.
These paintings aren’t about a place, they are of the place. I create large canvases rich in texture, with earth and materials from the land we inhabit so that the viewer can feel they are part of the landscape.

Photo of Donald Bracken




EDUCATION University of California at Berkeley, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1973

2009 Carrie Haddad Gallery,Landscapes’, group show , Hudson ,NY, August
Washington Art Association , Washington Depot ,Ct, July
2008 Bachelier-Cardonski Gallery, In Memory Of Jacques , group show , Kent, Ct

Ct commission for the Arts, Group Show ,Touring Ct Exhibition , Hartford,ct , Nov
New Arts Gallery, Veiw From the Flood Plain, Solo Show Litchfield ,Ct, March
2007 Bantam Cinama , Memoriam , paintings from the WTC , Batam Ct ,Sept
New Arts Gallery , Memoriam , paintings from the WTC , Litchfield , CT, Sept ...
2006 New Arts Gallery, 3 Decades of Painting , Solo Paintings, Litchfield,CT, March
2005 City Lights Gallery, New Landscape , Show with Ira Barkoff & David Colbert,
Bridgeport ,CT, Sept.
Lower Manhatten Cultural Council at CB Richard Ellis, Group Show, NY, NY
2004 New Arts Gallery , “Arbitrary Rivers”, Litchfield,CT, Solo Show, March
2003 Morgan Leman Gallery , Benefit Group Show, Lakeville ,Ct, Sept.
2002 New Arts Gallery, View From the 91st Floor, Litchfield, CT, Sept.
The Starving Artists Galley, Group Show, City Island, NY
Alta Gallery, Solo Show, Rowayton , CT
2001 Alta Gallery, Group Show, Rowayton ,CT
2000 Bachelier-Cardonski Gallery: 3 persons show, Kent, CT
1999 Bachelier-Cardonski Gallery, "Celebrating the New Millenium", Kent,CT
World Trade Center, LMCC "World View Retrospective Exhibition" NY,NY
1998 The Studio School, "Vertigo", NY, NY
1997 The Federal Reserve Bank, NY, NY, May-August
Good News Cafe, "91 Stories Above New York"
Woodbury, CT. September-Decemeber
1996 H. Pelham Curtis Gallery, New Canaan Library, Solo Show,
New Canaan,CT
Bachelier-Cardonski Gallery, Group Show, Kent, CT April
1995 Sound Shore Gallery, Group Show. Cross River, NewYork, March
1994 Good News Cafe, Solo Show, Woodbury, CT. May-August
Sound Shore Gallery at Stamford Music Center, Group Show Stamford,CT
1993 Bachelier-Cardonski, Small Works, Group Show, Kent, CT August
1992 Soundshore Gallery, Group Show, Stamford CT June-July
Mattatuck Musuem, Artists Juried Show, Waterbury, CT August
Paris, New York, and Kent, Artists for the Environment, Group Show,
Mattatuck Musuem, New Worlds, Invitational Exhibit, Waterbury, CT
1993 Paris, New York, and Kent, Food for Thought, Invitational Show, Kent, CT
1991 Clapp and Tuttle Gallery, Group Show, Woodbury, CT December-January
Soundshore Gallery, Group Show, Stamford, CT
Harris Gallery, 2 person show, West Cornwall, CT
Mattatuck Musuem, "Connecticut Artists" Juried Show, Waterbury, CT
1990 Clapp and Tuttle Gallery, "Freedom of Choice", Group Show, Woodbury, CT
Bachelier-Cardonski Gallery, "Rememberance of Things Past", Kent, CT

30th Annual Barnum Arts Festival, Discovery Musuem, Bridgeport, CT
Soundshore Gallery, "Spring Break" Group Show, Stamford , CT
Clapp and Tuttle Gallery, Solo Exhibit, Woodbury, CT January-March

1989 Swartz & Ceirlack, Group Show, Santa Monica ,CA
Jennifer Almquist, "California and Other States", Solo Show. New Preston , CT
P.S. Gallery, Group Show, Goshen, CT July-August
Francine Elman Gallery, "Rising Stars", Group Show, Los Angeles, CA
1987 Stephen Haller Fine Arts, Solo Exhibit, New York,NY January-February
Aldrich Musuem, "State of the Arts", Group Show, Ridgefield , CT
Spring, Invitational Show including Robert Motherwell, Robert Cottingham,
Lester Johnson, Chuck Close, Christo, Paul Cadmus
1986 Wexler Gallery, Group Show, New York , NY
Almquist Gallery, "Winter Dreams," Solo Exhibit, New Preston , CT
P.S. Gallery, "Summer Daze", Solo Exhibit, Torrington, CT
New York-Paris-Kent Gallery, Art for Amnesty, Group Show, Kent, CT
1985 Barruch College, "Art Against Aparthied", Group Show, Brooklyn, NY
Wexler Gallery, Solo Exhibit, New York, N
Connecticut Commission for the Arts, "Face to Face 25 Artists and One
Camera”. Group Show, Hartford, Ct
1984 Le Boit, "Swimmers at Ground Zero , solo show ,new York , NY Sept 11
New York Paris and Kent Gallery, "Face to Face", Group Show, Kent, CT
Attack Gallery, "Swimmers at Ground Zero", Solo Exhibit, Los Angeles
National Juried Annual Arts Exhibition, Group Show, Springfield, MA
ABC No Rio Gallery, "Art Against Apartied", Group Show, New York, NY
Hopkins Vineyard, Solo Exhibit, Warren, CT
Kamakazi Club, "Puerilism", Group Show, New York, NY
1983 Art Expo '83, Group Show, Dallas, TX
Vassar College, Solo Exhibit, Poughkeepsie, NY
1982 Silvermine Guild Center for the Arts, "Art of the Northeast", Juried Show,
New Canaan, CT
Invitational Show, S.C.A. Gallery, Sharon, CT
Hoffman Gallery, "Mother and Child in a Cheap Poughkeepsie Motel",
Solo exhibit, Kent, CT
1981 NCAA Juried Show, Winsted, CT
Fuller Art Musuem, Juried Show, Brockton, MA


Artist in Residence, Lower Manhatten Cultural Council, World Trade Center,
NY, NY 1997
Grant, Robert C. Scull Foundation for the Arts, 1985
Artist in Residence Fellowship, Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony, Feb. 1984
Artist in Residence Fellowship, Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony, Feb. 1982

Julia E.M. Halewicz , “’ Cornwall Artist’s Works at Core of 9/11 Confluence ‘’ ,
Litchfield County Times , September 7 , 2007 , page 1 7 12 , color photo
Tracy O’Shaughnessy , ‘’EvocativeSolitude Shown In Litchfield ‘’,, Waterbury
Republican , April 14 , 2006
Lower Manhatten Cultural Council, ‘’ Site Matters”, LMCC Artist Residency
Program in the World Trade Center, 1997 – 2001, Pub. 2005
Phyllis A.S.Boros , “The New Landscape ’’, City Lights Gallery takes a poetic
look at nature in new exhibit , Connecticut Post , ,arts & travel section pages 1&2
color photo , August , 28 , 2005
Tracey O’Shaunessy , ‘’ForeWarning’’ , Cornwall painter says World Trade Center
Visit sparked apocalyptic vision , Waterbury Republican-American , section D ,
Pages 1& 2 , color photos , September 11 , 2002
‘’Veiw from the 91st Floor , at New Arts Gallery, The Country and Abroad ,
September ,2002
Alister Hight . ‘’Nature Over Powers manhattren in Woodbury Show ‘’, The
Litchfield County Times , pg 18 , photo ,October , 3 1997 ,
Jamaica Kincaid, "In the Garden", The New Yorker, June 21, 1993 (color
William Zimmer, "Local Talent Exercises Freedom of Choice" New York Times

Robert Dahlin, "West Cornwall Artist is Attracted by Ambiguity", Litchfield
County Times, December 8, 1990
Margaret DeMarino, "Water Colors His Vision". The Sunday Republican
Magazine, Waterbury Republican, January 18, 1987
Susan B. Lane, "Around and About", Connecticut Magazine, October, 1985
Joyce Pect, "Summer Daze", Torrington Register Citizen, June 5, 1985
"Swimmers at Ground Zero" Galleries Magazine, November, No.7, 1985
Trisha Wexler, "Don Bracken". Galleries Magazine, October, No.6, 1985
"You ought to be Famous". Television interview show in New York City
(channel J) September, 1985
Peter Clothier, "Art Seen", L.A. Weekly, June-July, 1985
Kristine McKenna, "The Art Galleries", Los Angeles Times, Section VI
June 28, 1984


Federal Reserve Bank , New York, NY
Mr. Paul Wexler, Jersey City, NJ
Mr. And Mrs. Robert Scull, Warren, CT
Mr. And Mrs. Edwin Hochbery, New York, NY
Mr. Jerry Wexler, New York, NY
Mrs. Myron Piker, New York, NY
Mr. and Mrs. William Steig, Kent, CT
Mr. Tuthill, Houston, TX
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Treemont Esq., Bridgeport, CT
Mr. and Mrs. Carr Ferguson Esq., New York, NY
Mr. Juri Jurjevics, Brooklyn, NY
Mr. and Mrs. Hector Prudomme, New York, NY
Carol Peck , Wood bury , Ct
Mr. Tim and Mrs. Prentice, Cornwall, CT
Dr. and Mrs. Ray Jankowich, Stratford, CT
Ms. Trisha Crane Wexler, Beverly Hills, CT
Dr. And Mrs. Corrigan, Philadelphia, PA
Mr. and Mrs. John Martin, Atlanta, CA
Mr. and Mrs. Todd Piker, Cornwall Bridge, CT
Dr. and Mrs. Timothy Rodgers, Santa Barbara, CA
Lisa Jane Persky, Hollywood, CA
Michael Collins, Hollywood, CA
Francine, Ellman, Santa Monica, CA
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Tekosky Esq., Hollywood, CA
Mr. and Mrs. Victor Young, New York, NY
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Terrall, Sharon, CT
Mr. Robert Meyer, Warren, CT
Mr. Martin Bluford and Cara White, New York, NY
Mr. and Mrs. Nelson-Slater, Taconic, New York
Federal Reserve Bank, NYC
Robert Pittman, CT
Mr. Charles Tanhauser, New York, NY
Mrs. Jim Henson, Cornwall, CT
Mrs. Susan Davidson Swatzberg ,NYC
Peter Kauff, Bethlehem , CT
John Green, Cornwall, CT
Marianne O’Hare, Glastonbury, CT
Mark Hewitt , Pittsborough, N. Carolina
Ms. Ann Coffin and Mr. John Coffin, West Cornwall ,CT
Ms. Phyllis Nauts and Mr. Hendon Chubb, West Cornwall, CT
Martha Porter . Lime Rock, CT
Pamala Stockamore, Litchfield, CT
M. Carol McDonald and Mr. Mike McDonald, Esq., Bridgewater, CT

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Branfield, New York City