The Bradford district of West Yorkshire has been, and continues to be, the home and inspiration for professional visual artists. This website celebrates the diversity of artistic talent in the area, past and present.
The city, towns, countryside and people of the district continue to provide inspiration to local artists

The life and work of Bradford artists, past and present.

This website is an illustrated guide to professional artists past and present who were born, work, or have made their home, in what is now known as the Bradford Metropolitan District – including David Hockney.

The aim of this guide is to collate information about local artists for the benefit of art lovers and supporters in the district and elsewhere.

The people included on this site are or have been professional artists, making visual art forms the main focus of their work; more information about inclusion criteria is found here.

The biographical summaries and images have been drawn from a range of online and printed sources in the public domain (see ‘Sources’).

Click on any letter in 'Artists' above to begin your search.

Bradford Artists – and War

Bradford Artists – and War
Artists from Bradford have been Official War Artists, whilst others have responded to their own war experiences through art – or have used art as...

Drowned – in the river he loved to paint

Drowned – in the river he loved to paint
On Friday, September 14th, 1943, the professional watercolour artist, Arthur Reginald Smith, set out early from his home in Grassington, North Yorkshire, to paint the River...

Wharfedale Artists

Wharfedale Artists
Wharfedale, on the border between West and North Yorkshire, offers painters glorious river and landscape scenes at every bend, and particularly along the upper section of the...

Do You Like It?

Do You Like It?
Look at this painting of South Bay, Scarborough, by Yorkshire artist, Arthur Kitching. Do you like it? Yes? So why do you like it? No? What...