Reminiscent of the early 20th century action painters, Bridie Gillman’s mark making is an intuitive response to the memories and emotions evoked from her cross-cultural experiences. Initially inspired by her childhood in Indonesia, the now Brisbane-based Gillman’s practice has evolved to consider more broadly concepts of place,her reactions to the environments through which she has travelled, her connection to land as a non-Indigenous Australian, and the intangibility of memory.
Spontaneous and physical, Gillman’s compositions capture the tension between reminiscence and experience, wanderlust and belonging – combining instinctive use of colour and gesture with literal, though poetic, titles that hint at the sentiments beyond.
Bridie Gillman is an alumna of Queensland College of Art, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art (First Class Honours) in 2013. In 2019 she was a finalist of the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship with the Art Gallery of New South Wales, winner of the Moreton Bay Art Award and finalist of the Fisher's Ghost Award at Campbelltownn Art Centre. She is a past finalist of the Redland Art Award, the MAMA National Photography Prize, Murray Art Museum Albury, and PRIZENOPRIZE, Gold Coast (all 2016), as well as the 2013 GAS Graduate Art Show, Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and internationally, including Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane; Metro Arts, Brisbane; The Walls, Gold Coast; Blindside, Melbourne and Run Amok, George Town, Malaysia, and she has undertaken residencies at Rimbun Dahan, George Town, Malaysia, in 2015 and Ketjil Bergerak, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in 2014. In addition to her own art practice, Gillman is co-director of STABLE, a contemporary art space in Brisbane.