Introducing Melbourne Artist: Bridgette Mcnab

Name, occupation / What you do for a living? / What you do creatively?

Bridgette McNab, artist. For a reliable income I work as a florist 3 days a week.  Artistically, I am represented by Robin Gibson Gallery in Sydney.  My painting practice is centred around portraiture and the floral still life. 



Where do you live at the moment? / Where do you call home? / Where do you dream to live?

I moved to Melbourne about 2 years ago. Home is a sleepy little seaside town called Urunga on the mid north coast of NSW. I left when I was 18 but my mum and cat are still there.

My friends and I often discuss buying a big bit of land to all escape to when the world goes to shit!  This dream scape takes place somewhere warm, out in the bush, with a well-lit studio, large garden and many pets.



What is it that interests you about art?

I am a massive fan of anything to do with fantasy.  Art is the ultimate imagined world. It’s through the imaginary that we discover the real.

What are you working on at the moment & how long have you worked on this project ?

I’ve been busy making work for 2 solo shows.  The first ‘Red, Yellow, Blue’ will be exhibited at Boom Gallery in Geelong from the 11th October – 3rd November. This will be my first show with them.  The second, ‘A Kiss from a Rose’ will be my 2nd solo show with Robin Gibson Gallery in Sydney, running from the 24th November- 22nd December. I’ve been working on them for about 8-9 months.



What was the inspo behind this work ?

My main source of inspiration, both visually and theoretically, is the French New Wave movement.  I approach a series of paintings as though I were creating a film; a make believe film, created from a lexicon of appropriationist techniques. I find a lot of portraiture can get unbearably sentimental – I love the New Waves approach to storytelling and their characters as they are romantic without being sentimental.



Whose work are you inspired by ?

There’s a huge list, but top 5 living artists atm : Anna Bjerger, Karen Kilimnik, Chantal Joffe,  Caroline Walker,  Henry Taylor.



Whose instagram is your favorite atm ?

richieculve, minyoung._.choi, artlexachung , alanthewhippet.

Ongoing show: Red, Yellow, Blue at Boom Gallery, 11 Oct- 3rd November 2018

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