Liz Gridley was born 1989 in eastern suburbs Melbourne. In 2011 she received her Honours, Bachelor of Visual Art from Monash University which concluded with winning the Tolarno Painting Prize and the LaTrobe Regional Gallery Emerging Artist Award.
Gridley won her first solo exhibition Tactile perception-experimenting with flesh at arcYinnar gallery and has since exhibited at RAW:Communiqué 2014 at the Melbourne Pavillion Flemington and in group shows at Off the Kerb, Brunswick Street Gallery and Switchback Galleries. She currently has works on display at The Stockroom.
Gridley and has recently moved back to Melbourne and works out of her Knoxfield studio.
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My use of paint is focused on variation of colour, stroke and finish. I labour over soft blends of oil, layers as flesh, and experiment with strong, rough painted or omitted background. At the core of these portraits, figures and environment is the relationship with the viewer, the visceral imagery and its connection through to the immaterial elements that connects us as people.
The characters come from narrative, experimental and personal sources. They own their lie of human impersonation and have diverse interiors, containing their own emotions, personalities and relationships that grow through the colours, layers and chosen disturbances.
My practice continues to challenge the language of the traditional media, through technical and purposeful decisions resulting in a growing body of work that is always connected, yet evolving.