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Aisha Bridgman photography in the studio 2022

In the studio, 2022

BIO

Aisha Bridgman is known for her acrylic paintings, which oscillate between non-representational, imagined landscapes and figurative abstraction.  Originally from Portsmouth, she now lives and works in Surrey, UK. 

In recent years, Aisha reignited her painting career and in 2023, she completed a year of mentoring from Turps Art School.  She was later selected by Tracey Emin to join TKE Studios as a professional studio member, but was unable to proceed.

 

Recent exhibitions include Blue Shop Gallery in London, Studio Cennen in Wales, The Lido Stores in Margate and through Art & People at Hollywood Road Gallery in London, where her paintings sold out.  Aisha's paintings have been secured in numerous private collections within the UK, Europe, Asia and the US.

Will Gompertz and Aisha Bridgman at the Turner Prize, Tate Britain

With Will Gompertz, at a private view of the Turner Prize, Tate Britain, 2018

ARTIST STATEMENT 

 

My approach to painting is heartfelt, supported by my deepening relationship with colour.  

 

Laying down a coloured ground with lines of ink, provides a starting point.  Decisions concerning materials, layering and surface are partly planned, however the imagery and compositional direction change, when emotional responses to personal experience, memory or place arise.  

 

Solitary figures are still or transparent, reflecting transience, the shifts experienced, when processing and working through emotions, both on and off the canvas.  I am increasingly drawn to nocturnal scenes.  They offer a stillness, an introspection and deep emotive connection.  

 

My intention is for both myself and the viewer to escape into and explore these otherworldly landscapes, with their linear structures and off-kilter habitats.

CV

 

b. Portsmouth, England

Lives and works in Surrey, UK

 

Education

  

Turps Art School, Correspondence Course, 2022-2023                  

Chelsea College of Art, Digital Pattern Design & Print, 2013 

University of Portsmouth, B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, 2.1, 2000-2003

10,000 word dissertation: The Importance of Abstract Expressionism, 2.1

 

Selected Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions

2021 

Abstract paintings, Well & Good, Godalming, UK

 

Group Exhibitions

 

2023

Works on Paper 5, Blue Shop Gallery, online 

The Wild Thought, The Lido Stores, Margate, UK

 

2022                

Precious Postcards, Hollywood Road Gallery, London, UK

Tree of Life, Studio Cennen, Wales, UK

2021                

Affordable Art, Laura Long Contemporary, online

2020                

Lockdown, Fronteer Art, online

2007                

Charity silent auction, Christie’s, London, UK

2003                

Graduate show, Portsmouth, UK

2001                

Half Way House, shortlisted by Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK

Achievements

2023

Selected by Tracey Emin from an international open call, to join TKE Studios as a professional studio member

 

 

Charitable Donations

2022

Donated 25% of painting sales to FoodCycle, through Art & People

Donated 100% of painting sales to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

 

2020 

Donated 100% from a painting sale to BLAM, Black Learning Achievement and Mental Health

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