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ARTISTS | Eric Bridgeman


Eric Bridgeman is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Australia and Papua New Guinea. The dominant focus of his work involves the discussion of social-cultural issues and often involves the depiction of a solitary figure among the detritus of a particular cultural domain.

More recently, Bridgeman has developed a series of collaborative projects which are carried out with and among his people in PNG’s Chimbu province. These projects focus on the crafting and design of traditional shield designs from his family’s region in a bid to preserve cultural practices among his people.

Eric Bridgeman, Kuman, 2018, pigment print, 115x95cm, edition of 6


Shield Paintings, 2018

Shields, 2017

The Trade: A Selection, 2016

In the Project, 2012

Photographs from the Kokwara Trail, 2010

The Sport and Fair Play of Aussie Rules, 2008-2009


Eric Bridgeman, Kuman, 2018, pigment print, 115x95cm, edition of 6

My Brother and the Beast | Eric Bridgeman

A large series of hand painted shields coupled with photographs, paintings and installation will feature in this expansive exhibition which explores Bridgeman's Papua New Guinean heritage. The shield has always been associated with conflict, used in times of battle as personal armour and as potent symbol of power to attackers. In PNG culture, battles between tribes are a common means of dealing with disputes and maintaining social order. Here, the shield plays an important role in displaying status and power.
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Born Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia. Lives between Sydney and Papua New Guinea.


2008    Bachelor of Photography, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Major: Photographic Art Practice


2018    My Brother and the Beast, Gallerysmith

2016    The Trade, Gallerysmith

2013    In the Project, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2011    Yuri Yal Ton (Bad Man of the Yuri), Diane Tanzer Gallery + Projects

   The Sport and Fair Play of Aussie Rules, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2010    Gallery 4A Presents Eric Bridgeman “Baby Boom” and “The Fight”, Gallery 4A, Sydney

             Big League Balls, as part of Next Wave Festival 2010, Blindside Gallery, Melbourne

             New Photographs From Kokwara Trail, QCP, Brisbane, Gallery 4A, and Sullivan & Strumpf, Sydney

             Triple X Bitter, The Cube, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra

2007    Blue Collar Picture, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane


2017    Australians in PNG (with Stephen du Pont and Sonia Payes), Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne

2016    Gushal (with Bianca Beetson, Vicki Couzens and Kirsten Lyttle), RMIT Gallery, Melbourne

2013    PhotoQuai Bienale, Paris

             TABOO (curated by Brook Andrew), Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

             Towards the Morning Sun, Campbelltown Arts Centre

             Facepaint, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne

2012    Bravo pour le Clown Noir, Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne

2011    Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW

2010    Last Words, Gallery 4A, Sydney

             Synchronicity, Queensland Contemporary Photography, Redcliffe City Art Gallery, Brisbane

            The State We’re In: Contemporary Queensland Photography, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

            The Sport and Fair Play of Aussie Rules, as part of ‘Mind Games’ ACP, Sydney

2009  Royal Brisbane Hospital Platform – Curated by Museum of Brisbane and Brisbane City Council

            Gayer Than All The Rest, Next Wave Festival, Federation Square, Melbourne

            Pacific Storms, Waterfront Place, Brisbane QLD, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, QLD
23 Degrees – Curator: The Wandering Room, Wooloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane

           New Skin: Contemporary Queensland Photography, QCP, Brisbane

2008   The New Fresh Cut 2008, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane QLD


2014    Prudential Eye Art Award, Singapore (shortlisted)

2013    Substation Contemporary Art Award, Melbourne (winner)

2012    Liverpool University artist residency

2011    National Artist Self-Portrait Prize (invited artist), University of Queensland Art Museum

Artist in Residence, Gushul Studio, Lethbridge University, Alberta, Canada in assoc- with RMIT University, Melbourne

2010   Basil Sellers Art Prize (shortlisted), Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne

Redlands Westpac Art Prize (shortlisted)

2009    New Work Emerging Artist Grant, Australia Council for the Arts.


2016     The Wondrous Art of Eric Bridgeman; Briefly, Broadsheet Journal, Pedro di Almeida

2013     Towards the Morning Sun, Review, Andrew Frost, The Guardian

An Artist in the Project, Veronica Gilbert, Melbourne Review, April 2013

2012    Cover, Art Almanac, March 2013

2011    Anxious and Horny, Sharne Wolff, The Art Life, September


Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art

University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne

National and international private collection

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