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.

SUNDERLAND, Frances Watson

SUNDERLAND, Frances Watson
Frances Sunderland,  (1866 – 1949) watercolour artist and art teacher, was born in Keighley, the daughter of Wilkinson Watson, a local butcher, and lived all her life...

STEVENS, William Capeling

STEVENS, William Capeling
William is seated, left of picture, next to his step-mother, Martha, and  some of his siblings. His father, Edward, is standing in the back row....

HOCKNEY, David

HOCKNEY, David
David Hockney, born 1937 is Bradford’s most famous visual artist – and one with a worldwide reputation. In 2011, 1000 artists voted Hockney the most influential...

BURHAN, Shy

BURHAN, Shy
 Shy Burhan is a professional photographer, based in Shipley, and her social-documentary work has featured in solo exhibitions in Saltaire during 2015/2016. She was born...