Bridgette McNab is a graphic still life and portrait painter currently living in Melbourne, Australia. Employing a mise-en-scene approach to painting, McNab’s serialized compositions self reflexively examine fantasy, fiction and artifice. Created using a lexicon of appropriationist techniques, McNab forges fictional realities in which her subjects live, exploring the performative nature of contemporary culture. Bridgette McNab is an Australian artist, currently living in Melbourne, who graduated from The National Art School with an Honours Degree in Painting in 2011; the sole recipient of the prestigious Clitheroe Foundation Honours Scholarship. Since then she has exhibited extensively and appeared as a finalist in many well-known art prizes such as The Archibald Prize, The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and the Portia Geach Memorial Award. After years living abroad, Bridgette has returned to Australia to establish her studio practice in Melbourne.
‘There are always flowers for those who want to see them’ – Matisse
“These works were created in the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic. In lockdown and limited to an hour per day outing within a 5km radius of my Melbourne CBD suburb, I searched for a secret garden within the confines of these new-found limitations. I found my garden within the art books in my studio, linen in my cupboard, a daffodil growing in a pot on my verandah and through invented scenarios. Nature is a grounding reminder of the fragility of life, sparking gratitude for the now as nothing is promised and forever, everything is temporary."
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