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.

ANDERTON, Eileen

ANDERTON, Eileen
  Eileen Anderton was born in Bradford in 1924 and lived at Keighley Road, Frizinghall. Her father was a local art teacher and between 1939-44 she is known to...

ACTON, Michael

ACTON, Michael
Michael Acton was born and lived in the Low Moor area of Bradford.  He studied art at Bradford College and is currently developing his creative...

BRADSHAW, Frank

BRADSHAW, Frank
The painter, Frank Bradshaw (1884 – 1969) was born and lived for much of his life in Bradford at 17 Waverley Place, Manningham. He had always enjoyed...

COOKE, Jonathan

COOKE, Jonathan
The stained glass artist, conservator and teacher, Jonathan Cooke, works alongside his wife, Ruth, in their stained glass conservation business, established in 1987 and based in Ilkley: Jonathan...