Claire Bridge is contemporary realist painter. Her art explores the human condition and our relationship with the planet and each other. 

About Claire Bridge

Bridge is a figurative realist artist, her sensual and at times erotic paintings evoking a beauty and disquiet that invites a deeper contemplation beyond the painted surface and first reading of the work.

Her art explores our connectedness, the invisible and visible entanglements between each other and between humanity and the natural world. Bridge's recent works traverse contemporary concerns such as climate change and rapid species decline, yet also return constantly to the universal, our yearnings, sorrows, love, impermanence and death through allegorical and symbolic imagery. The subtle nuances of our daily lives, captured in poignant and intimate moments, reveal Bridge's fascination with our shared experience and at its core the essence of the human condition.

Bridge is interested not just in creating images but in the process of the transmission of Presence through her works. Her focus is on the feeling the painting evokes in the viewer.

In 2011, Bridge was a finalist in the prestigious Sulman Prize, has previously twice been selected as a finalist in Australia's richest art prize, the $150,000 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, won the People's Choice Award in both the Portia Geach Portrait Prize and Stan and Maureen Duke Prize's, the latter for which she also won the Living Art award in 2009. Her work is held in public and private collections internationally. Currently living in Melbourne, Australia, Bridge is represented by Tim Olsen Gallery (SYD) Flinders Lane Gallery (MELB) and Anthea Polson Art (QLD).

In 2011, Claire Bridge has been appointed to the role of Visual Arts Advisor for the Cultural Committee of the American Australian Association.


















Exhibition History of Claire Bridge



Professional Appointments 

2011 current  Visual Arts Advisor, American Australian Association



Professional Art Qualifications and Education

2007     Art Study, San Francisco, BACAA Bay Area Classical Art Atelier &

             Bronze Sculpture, Fundere, Melbourne

2006     Art Study: New York, San Francisco

2005     Art Study: throughout Paris, Malta and Italy, including: Milan, Venice, Florence, Sienna and Rome.

1998     Diploma of Arts (Illustration), Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE

1991     Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) Painting Major Monash University


Solo Exhibitions

2013       Alchemy, Flinders Lane Gallery (July 16 – Aug 3)


2010     A Terrible Beauty, Flinders Lane Gallery

2009     Transit Lounge, Maroondah Art Gallery

2008     Beyond Belief, red gallery, Melbourne

2004     Being the Samurai, Linden - St Kilda Centre for Contemporary Arts


Selected Exhibitions

2012    50th Festival of the Fisher's Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre

2012   Triple HappinessCharity auction, Flinders Lane Gallery 

2012   R & M McGivern Prize, Maroondah Art Gallery

2012   The Studio Show, Flinders Lane Gallery

2011   Exchange, Gatakers Artspace, Maryborough, QLD

Safe at Home, CUBE Contemporary Art Projects, SA
2011   Gallery Artists, Tim Olsen Gallery

   About Face, Maroondah Art Gallery

2011    Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW

2011    Visible / Invisible,  Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2010    Portrait Show, Anthea Polson Art, Gold Coast, QLD

2010     Net Work, Art Gallery of Ballarat, curated by Amanda Van Gils

2010     Fresh, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2009     Treasures, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2009      Maroondah Life Drawing Exhibition, Maroondah Art Gallery

2009      Anthea Polson Art - Gallery opening

2009      30x40, United Galleries Sydney

2009      20Plus, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2008      Treasures, Flinders Lane Gallery

2008       Exquisite Palette, St. Lukes, Collingwood

2006       Libby Edwards Galleries, Brisbane, Salon

2005-06  Libby Edwards Galleries, Melbourne, Summer Show

2005     Libby Edwards Galleries, Woollahra, Sydney

2003     "SHE - the Spirit of Life" Walker St Gallery

2001     Annual 9"x 5", IAA, Books Illustrated Gasworks

2000     Annual 9"x 5", IAA, Books Illustrated Gasworks

1998     Copelen Chairs Celebrity Art Auction, Zambesi Collins St Melbourne & Georges, Collins St Melbourne

1998     Articula 98, Chapel off Chapel, Prahran

1998     Graduate Exhibition, Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE

1998     Art works II, Brunswick Mechanics Institute

1995     Performance works Tour by Photographer / Performance Artist, Suzon Fuks, video performance by Claire Bridge

1991     Monash University Graduate Exhibition Caulfield Arts Centre

1991     Lucato Peace Prize Monash University


Prizes and Awards

2012     Finalist, 50th Festival of the Fisher's Ghost Art Award 2012

2012     Finalist, R & M McGivern Prize

2011     Finalist, Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW


2009     Finalist, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

2009     Finalist, R & M McGivern Prize

2009     Winner, Living Art Award, in association with 2008 Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize

2008     Winner, People's Choice Award, Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize

2008     Finalist, Mosman Art Prize

2008     Finalist, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

2008     Finalist, Williamstown Festival Contemporary Art Prize

2007     Winner - People's Choice Award, 2007 Portia Geach Memorial Award

2007     Finalist, The Hutchins Art Prize

2006     Finalist, Portia Geach Memorial Award

2004     Finalist, Conrad Jupiters Art Prize

2003     Winner, Walker St Gallery -Linden Award, presented by Linden - St Kilda Centre for Contemporary Arts

1998     Winner, Dux Freelance Management Dux High Flyers Award

1998     Winner, Deans Art Graduate Illustration Award

1997     Winner, Zurich Insurance Visual Arts Scholarship


Artist Residency

2008-09     Maroondah Art Gallery Studios, Federation Estate



Maroondah Art Gallery, Federation Estate

Holmes á Court and private Collections, throughout Australia and internationally



2011     Jane O’Sullivan, Australian Art Collector, This Art Week,  

2011     Jane O'Sullivan, Australian Art Collector, This Art Week,

   , July 4

2010     Prue Gibson, Australian Art Collector, "50 things Collectors Need to Know", #51, Jan-Mar 2010, p182

2010     The Arts, The Age, Tuesday September 7 p 15

2010     Phe Rawnsley, Essay, "A Terrible Beauty", August

2010     Georgina Lee, Not Quite Critics blog, A Terrible Beauty, 27 Sep,

2009     Damian Smith, Essay "Transit Lounge", Curator, Maroondah Art Gallery, April

2009     Patricia Anderson, Australian Art Review, Editor's Choice, May-July #19, p 74

2009     Jim Thalassoudis, In the Real Art World,

2009     Sadie Valeri, Women painting Women Blog,

2009     Art Monthly, issue #219 May 2009, Art Notes, p64

2009     "Critical list", Maroondah Leader, March 17, p 54

2009     Jeff Makin, Herald Sun, April 6, p45

2009-    Erin Bull, "Natural Talent", Journal, March 17, p 32

2009     Shaun Campbell, "Prank's portrait portent", Maroondah Leader, March 10, p 57

2009     Jane O'Sullivan, Australian Art Collector Magazine, this art week, Artist Milestones, February 10

2008     Jane O'Sullivan, Australian Art Collector Magazine, this art week, Artist Milestones, October 7

2008     Jeff Makin, Herald Sun, Extra 9, Gallery Snapshot, September 29, p 71

2008     National Trust of Australia (NSW), e-news, October 2008 #38,

2008     Danica Harris, Journal Newspapers, Knox, 18 March

2008     Catherine Toffolon, Maroondah Leader, 11 March

2008     OWN Matters, Newsletter of the Older Women's Network New South Wales, Vol.5 No.9 - October

2007     National Trust of Australia (NSW), e-news, 16 November 2007 #27,


2006     The Trust Company, Portia Geach Memorial Art Prize, online exhibition,

2005     Erin O'Dwyer, In the Frame, The Sun Herald, 23 October, Arts S25

2004     Naomi Cass, Art Monthly Australia, Artnotes Vic, October 2004 number 174, pp 45- 46

2004     Mischa Merz, Herald Sun Weekend,, "Martial artist" August 28, pg 13

2004     Nina Spiess, Outline, IAA, September, pp 4 - 6

1999     The Gazette, "Artist takes her first solo plunge" February 17


MEDIA: Radio, Television, Video & Publications

2011     April 5, Telecast Interview with Lee Martin, My Art Room Online. Approx 1 hour

2008     Kulture Vulture, Joy Fm radio, Monday 22 October

2005     Asia Pacific Focus, ABC, Sunday 23 October

1999     Interview: Arts program 3PBS

1998     Good Morning Australia with Bert Newton, Nine Network, chair appeared

1996     Back drop, television series "Sign On", SBS

1995     "Deaf Artists", thesis on which the video "Deaf Artists" was based, La Trobe University DEET


Fine Art Conservation

98-2011   conservation of fine art paintings, ranging from works of Arthur Streeton, Clarice Beckett, Jeffrey Smart, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, to 17th century European works and 12th Century Russian Icons in association with Virginia Dahlenburg Conservation Services. Conservation of the iconic Melbourne landmark, "The Fairy Tree", Fitzroy Gardens with Penny Byrne.


Artist Talks and Professional Appointments

2011    Sunday Spotlight, Presenter, American Australian Association, New York      

2011    Artist's Talk, Industry Forum, Visual Arts Degree and Diploma students, NMIT

2011     Industry Teacher, Illustration Diploma, NMIT

2011     Artist's Talk, Visual Arts Diploma students, CAE

2011     Artist's Floor Talk, Animal Magic, Maroondah Art Gallery, Federation Estate

2010     Artist's Floor Talk, "Fresh" Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2009     Opening Speaker, Maroondah Life Drawing Exhibition, Maroondah Art Gallery

2009     Transit Lounge, artists talk, Maroondah Art Gallery

2006     Guest Speaker, "Discussing Self portraits" Public Program, Portia Geach Memorial Award

2005     Opening Speaker, CCS Art Exhibition

02-03    Tutor, (Painting, Drawing, Mixed Media, Illustration for Children's Books) CAE

2002     Life Drawing Tutor, Mullauna College

2002     Life Drawing Tutor, Monash Gallery of Art