Born and raised in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, Treadwell studied Painting and Sculpture at the State University of New York at Cortland (1995-99). In 2000 he returned to the Philadelphia area to attend graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania (MFA, 2002). Treadwell’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad including New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Boston, South Korea, Vancouver, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas, and Chicago. Publications, artist features, and interviews include Juxtapoz Magazine, Hi-Fructose Magazine, New Contemporary (Gingko Press), Blue Canvas Magazine, New American Paintings, JPEOPLE Magazine, Carne Magazine, Direct Art Magazine, Bizzarre Magazine, DVYZE Magazine, Artkolik Magazine, WOWxWOW magazine, Good Game Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Miami New Times. Mr. Treadwell lives and works in Philadelphia where he is a full-time Associate Professor of Art at Delaware County Community College.
My recent paintings lean toward a series of invented forms, which employ optical deceptions, and often bend the space between ambiguity and certainty. Adopting Op Art tenets, such as shimmering and shifting line and color, and channeling various retro-aesthetics including 80’s nostalgia, sci-fi, futurism, and digital graphics, I experiment by mashing bizarre ingredients together in anticipation of new and unfamiliar interactions.