Come on a journey from the beautiful beaches of East Lothian with the distinctive Bass Rock, across the patterned fields of Aberdeenshire, to the rugged West coastline and the magical islands of Lewis, Harris and Skye.
"Do Australian artists ever lose the antipodean light? The light and attending hope. Maybe not. Even when they paint in gloomier light such as northern Europe or Scotland. Here is Judith Bridgland, an Australian who paints in Scotland"
"Colour is her thing."
"Judith Bridgland’s paintings hit me like a kick in the stomach, which doesn’t sound good, but does at least express a little bit of the punch which someone who handles paint like it springs from the tips of their fingers can give to a viewer through the experience of looking at their work. I am not a great lover of thickly applied paint generally, but when its done like this…I love it."
"Judith I Bridgland's Eastbourne Pier won the Royal Glasgow Institute's House For An Art Lover Prize in 2009. The resulting exhibition, a mix of subject matter and media "stemming from a love of colour and texture", is rooted in the genesis of that evocative oil. It's a snapshot of Bridgland's working process, her trademark vibrancy and textural dexterity worked out in a considerable variety of media and methods, from acrylics to procion dyes, screen prints to charcoals, organic matter and textiles. "Exploring texture and pattern through other media is a very useful starting point," says Bridgland. "Everything can be used to create art." If her Eastbourne subject matter stems from childhood familiarity, elsewhere there are colour-drenched acrylics of London and meaty oils of coastal Suffolk, including some fine, atmospheric and almost - but not quite - monochromatic renditions of Walberswick landing stages."
"...love the thick, textured, expression-filled paintwork"
"Working in oils, bold, vigorous rhythmical strokes of impasto paint reflect nature’s contrasts and harmonies. The ever-changing light illuminates fields, mountains, hedgerows and the sea, with the expanse of the natural forms contrasting with complex abstraction to give a strong sense of place."
To view a 5 minute video made by Scotland on TV of me in my former studio at WASPS talking about my work, click here.
To see my work at the (sadly missed!) Glasgow Art Fair in 2010 with Duncan R Miller, click here for the BBC Reporting Scotland piece. My paintings are approx. 1 minute in.