Solo Exhibitions

2014      The Road Not Taken, The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman
2005      Clear Horizons, The Westin Casuarina Resort, Grand Cayman

Two Person Exhibitions

2017      Bridgeman - Saunders, The Framers Gallery, Windmill St. London, UK
2005      Anchored in Landscapes, with Chris Mann, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman.
2003      Island Connections, Bridgeman & Wright, Tolbooth Art Centre, Kirkcudbright, Scotland.
1996      Bridgeman & Wright-Off the Wall II, Harquail Studio, Grand Cayman.
1994      Bridgeman & Wright-Off the Wall, Harquail Studio, Grand Cayman.

Selected Group Exhibitions
 

2017       Upon The Seas, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman
2016      
Speak To Me, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman
2015      
Tidal Shift, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman
2015      
All Access, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman    
2014       
C4X1 Company Four, Camana Bay, Grand Cayman.

2014       Metamorphoses, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman
2014       Public Art - Sculpture Competition Display, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman
2013       Our Story of Art, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman
2013       Art of Assemblage, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman
2011       The Persistence of Memory, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman
2010       21st Century Cayman,  National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman
2008       Carifesta X, Georgtown, Guyana
2007       Cayman: an ever-changing landscape, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman
              Arreckly: towards a cultural identity, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman
2005      Watermarks, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman.
              Emergence, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman.
2004      Portrait of an Artist, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman.
1999       Sculptures in the Park, Pedro St. James, Grand Cayman.
1994       2nd Biennial of Painting in the Caribbean & Central America,
              Museo de Arte   Moderno, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
              The Works Arts & Culture Festival, Edmonton, Canada.
              Royal Over-Seas League Open Exhibition, London, Short listed. Juried by Sonya Lawson RA, John Hoyland RA, Andrew Brown, Anthony Whishaw     RA.
1994-1996  Carib Art:  traveling exhibition in five places.
                  International Trade Centre, Willemstad, Curacao, Antilhas Holendesas.
                  Centro Caiquetio, Aruba, Antilhas Holendesas.
                  Harquail Cultural Centre, George Town, Cayman Islands,
                  Bermuda National Gallery, Hamilton, Bermudas.
                  UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France.

Relevant Experience

2006- 2008    Education officer, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman.
2006- 2008    Guest curator, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman.
2007             Screens, Greens and Washing Machines – The Life and Work of Margaret Barwick
2007             Joanne Sibley
2007             Arreckly – Towards A Cultural Identity
2006             The Art of Stamps

Teaching

2016 - 2017    Pines Retirement Home, Grand Cayman
2016-2017     Walker’s Art Club Primary, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman.
2015-2016     Adult Special Needs Programme, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman.
2014-2017    Children with Special Educational Needs, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman.
2011             Walker’s Art Club, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman.

Professional Development

2009       Etching: Non-Toxic Printmaking with Alfons Bytautas, Edinburgh Printmakers, Scotland.
2007       On-Line Museum Classes, Exhibition Fundamentals: Ideas to Installation.

Awards
2016       Gold Star Award medal for Creativity in the Arts, Cayman National Cultural Foundation  
2014       Certificate of Excellence, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands
2003       Artistic Achievement Award for Art and Art Education, Cayman National Cultural Foundation

January 6th  2017   Bridgeman set for London art debut, Cayman Reporter

August 4th  2016     Bridgeman's Art Bridges the gap between Cayman and UK, Cayman Compass

January-December, 2016   Destination Cayman, In-Flight Magazine

January-December, 2015   Destination Cayman, In-Flight Magazine

11th September, 2015  Cayman’s past, present examined in tIDal Shift, Cayman Compass

10th July, 2015   ‘All Access’ goes behind the scenes at National Gallery, Cayman Compass


19th January, 2015 National Gallery of the Cayman Islands presents ‘The road not taken’, ARC magazine


4th June, 2014  ‘Metamorphoses’ changes the way we view Goya, The Cayman    Islands Journal


23rd May , 2014 New art collective exhibits at Camana Bay, Cayman Compass


17th May, 2014 Art Exhibition: C4 – First show for new Cayman Art Group, ARC Magazine


5th February, 2014 Art Basel Miami affirms artists are on the right track, The Cayman Islands Journal


15 November, 2013 A Day In The Life: Artist David Bridgeman, Cayman Compass


1st November, 2013 Auction taps Cayman Artwork, Cayman Compass


13th August, 2013 New artwork by David Bridgeman donated to the National Gallery’s Permanent Collection, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands


13th August, 2013 Artist Bridgeman adds to Gallery’s permanent collection, Cayman News Service

31st October , 2011 Artists tour Nat. Gallery, The Cayman Compass

4th May, 2011  The Persistence of Memory, The Cayman Islands Journal

6th April, 2011  Space allows artist to think big, The Cayman Islands Journal

8th February , 2011 Artists Expressions:  David Bridgeman  Cayman27 Daybreak

3rd December , 2009 Bold new artwork from David Bridgeman, Cayman Compass

16th June , 2009 Artists Expressions: David Bridgeman, Cayman 27 Daybreak

7thJanuary , 2009 Exciting new direction for local artist, The Cayman Islands Journal

14th July , 2008 Artistic visions return to Ms Lassie’s House, Cayman Compass

 

 The Copse
 Installation view at Butterfield Bank Board room, Grand Cayman
 Oil, Acrylic, ink on canvas 64 x 192 in (162.6 x 487.7 cm)
 2008
 

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David Bridgeman (b. 1959)

 

 

My work is strongly autobiographical, containing elements from early childhood and teenage years, sometimes linked to a relationship of a life on a Caribbean island that was only ever intended to last two years.  Now as a British Caymanian, my works have strong emotional ties to the landscape, both past and present and contain images and symbols that bridge the gap between the Caribbean and my country of birth.  I work in a variety of media to convey these feelings.  My works take the form of painting, drawing, printmaking, 3D and installation.

I have previously been concerned with how I could record memory of both positive and negative experiences. I did this by using the marks and scars found in landscapes which show evidence of human involvement and existence. I like maps and the codes used for identifying the land, sea and air. I like the shapes and structure of these landscapes and the powerful emotions they evoke.

Now I find myself drawn to a more personal story; one involving a family history which I have never understood; a mystical family background full of secrets and regrets. There is a reason why I position myself constantly with the landscape, seemingly trying hard to make it my own and many questions arise as result. My work is driven by a desire to find what is missing; unblocking some things to discover others. I find the whole creative process takes me to different places of discovery every time I start a new piece of work.

Pegasus – my imaginary flying machine – is my vehicle which aids this process. It has been created from objects of my past using materials I was familiar with as a child. 

I spent a lot of time immersed in the landscape as a child and teenager.  Pegasus is my link to the past and enables me to connect with landscapes from an emotional as well as physical standpoint. I can zoom into the minutest detail of a flower or observe an entire landscape spanning decades.

I have great memories of many creative activities in primary school. As a shy boy lacking in confidence I took comfort in the success of making things; paintings with easels and non-spill pots of primary colour paints; a model of Stonehenge after a school trip; a large Loch Ness monster from chicken wire and papier-mache; balsa wood projects and woodcarving; all this together with the recognition I received for art projects.  I carried this passion into my middle school years where I was influenced strongly by my art teacher and artist, John Hopwood.  I continued to be inspired by visits to his studio and his exhibitions in and around Oxford.  My teenage years in a comprehensive school were difficult but soothed by continued success in art.  This time my interest was enhanced with the help of art teacher and artist Mike Chalwin.  Visits to the London galleries were regular.  At an exhibition of Frank Stella's work in the 1970’s, my teacher bought me the catalogue for the show. This small act was some kind of affirmation for me that I was perhaps on the right track; that maybe this was something I was good at and felt truly passionate about. I maybe harboured all these feelings for a number of years but didn't act on them.  Art classes as a child and teenager were a form of escapism that I wouldn’t return to until much later in life.

 I was born in Oxford, England in 1959 and grew up in the market town of Abingdon, on the outskirts of West Oxford.  My last years at a difficult comprehensive school were chaotic and I left not knowing what I wanted to do. I drifted from Business Studies, to Environmental Science and teaching, enjoying more the freedom of being away from home and feeling independent.  It was teaching in the Caribbean that rekindled my interest and desire to make art again, together with the fact that I met a number of artists there in 1987 when I arrived to take up a government teaching post.

Without the background of an art degree I have taken many workshops over the years in areas in which I have a particular interest.  For painting I have studied with artists such as Bendel Hydes, James Isaiah Boodhoo, Karl Jerry Craig and Lys Hansen; John Salvest for mixed media and installations and Alfons Bytautas for printmaking.

In 2005 I left teaching to begin working as an artist full time.  Career highlights to date include selection for part of a large traveling exhibition, Carib Art, culminating in a showing at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. I was also shortlisted for the Royal Commonwealth Exhibition in London, juried by artists such as Sonya Lawson RA, John Hoyland RA and Anthony Whishaw RA. More recently I have produced and curated my own solo exhibition at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands.

I have formed an art collective, C4, with three other artists.  The group thrives on the sharing of ideas, collaboration and mutual support.  It also shares a common desire to give voice to our personal and unique expressions.

I work from my studio – Studio 3 - in George Town, Grand Cayman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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