Alex Bridge is an Australian visual artist working mostly in the mediums of acrylic paint/oil paint/wax on canvas and board. She also designs and creates paper pulp Relic Bowls.
Alex has been involved in the Arts (visual arts, community arts, art education, theatre, music festivals and music) as an artist and a performer for the past 35 years or so. She began formal visual art studies in the NT as a mature age student after two quite disparate careers, firstly in the beauty industry as a salon stylist, secondly in science as a technician in various laboratories.
Although, trained primarily as a printmaker, Alex has since worked across several mediums including assemblage, illustration, mixed-media, collage, acrylic and oil, encaustic, cold wax, polymer clay jewellery and large-scale cane and paper sculptures. Her preferred medium for some years now has been painting with acrylic/oil/wax on canvas and board.
Alex’s style can range from abstracted to illustrative, but all her work is bound together in an over-arching theme of magic un-realism. Alex’s art depicts animals, plants, the land, and the sky; it evokes things of the natural world and primal ancient worlds, rather than the modern built environments and rationalised constructs of 21st century humans. It features creatures earthly and un-earthly; it explores the arcane mysteries of nature and of primitive human mark-making and spirituality.
That theme, which encompasses those magic worlds, is what Alex is always taken back to when painting and making, drawn in both willingly and unwillingly.
Alex says that having become older and wiser, she has finally realised that it has always defined her work and who she is as an artist, despite her attempts over the years to be a different sort of artist.
As both an artist and a viewer of art Alex often looks to the work of artists past and present for inspiration. When she looks at an artwork she likes mysteries to be revealed, yet remain veiled and obscured; Alex also likes to see and feel things that are familiar, yet perhaps slightly disquieting or uncertain. She likes to look at an artwork and feel inexplicably moved and feel a particular kind of indefinable yearning stir inside her heart. Alex loves it when that happens and that is the effect she aspires to have on viewers of her own work.