Heightened colour, expression and flesh. Emphasising the vulnerabilities of figures and remaining vague on the strict details, inviting the audience to connect and empathise. This is a safe space to consider human connection; an invitation to feel.

“I can feel a reaction in my gut when I view an artwork that is enamouring – and it is much more complex than simplistic emotional states like happiness or sadness. The figures play with gesture and bodily discomfort to complicate the viewers role and bring forth questions regarding voyeurism, consent and body confidence.”

Liz Gridley was born 1989 in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. A figurative painter with a passion for creating emotive moments with the viewer, Gridley has been a finalist in a number of awards including the Cliftons Art Prize, the fortyfivedownstairs Emerging Art Prize and Won the Major Prize in 2017s Graeme Hildebrand Foundation Art Prize.

In 2018, Gridley debuted her solo show ‘Empathy, My Witness’ at Off the Kerb Gallery, she currently has works on display at The Stockroom and is a member of the Ringwood Art Society.

Image credit: Runaway Graphics


Born 1989, Melbourne, VIC.
Lives and works in Knoxfield, VIC.

2018 – Empathy, my witness, Off the Kerb Gallery, Collingwood, VIC.
2013 – Tactile perception-experimenting with flesh, arcYinnar, Yinnar, VIC.

2019 – Winter Days – Off the Kerb Gallery, Collingwood, VIC.
2019 – Don’t Blame Pandora – Growing Pains Residency, Burrinja Gallery, Upwey VIC.
2019 – A Portrait of a Painter, Off the Kerb Gallery, Collingwood VIC.
2018 – 12×12, The Stockroom Gallery, Clifton Hill, VIC.
2018 – Unofficial Collaboration 2.0, The Stockroom, Ringwood, VIC.
2018 – Winter Days, Off the Kerb Gallery, Collingwood, VIC.
2018 – Camberwell Rotary Art Show, Swinburne, Hawthorn, VIC.
2018 – Beautiful Banal, Off the Kerb Gallery, Collingwood, VIC.
2017 – Graeme Hildebrand Art Prize, Red Gallery, Fitzroy North, VIC.
2017 – Dark Honey: Curated by Erika Williams, OfftheKerb Gallery, Collingwood, VIC.
2017 – Subjects: Curated by Kathleen Ashby, Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC.
2017 – Brunswick Small Works Art Prize, Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC.
2017 – Emerging Artist Award, fortyfivedownstairs gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2017 – Glorious Gippsland Art Show, Bairnsdale & Districts Art Society,  VIC.
2017 – Peculiar Portraits Art Prize, Union Club Fitzroy, Curated by Erika Williams.
2016 – Bairnsdale & District Arts Society Pre-Xmas Show, Bairnsdale, VIC.
2016 – Truth or Dare, Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC.
2014 – RAW:Communique, Melbourne pavilion, Flemington, VIC.
2012 – Counterfeits: the end/the beginning, Switchback Gallery, Churchill, VIC.
2011 – Monash Graduand Exhibition, Caulfield, VIC.
2010 – Greater Than One, Monash Faculty Gallery, Caulfield, VIC.
2010 – Against My Body, RUNT Space, Caulfield, VIC.

2019 – Finalist, Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize, Monsalvat, Eltham.
2019 – Finalist, INPRNT Traditional Art: Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, USA.
2019 – Finalist, Life Model Society Inaugural Art Prize (Painting & Drawing Division), VIC.
2018 – 2nd ‘A-Distinction’, Ringwood Art Society ‘ABC’ Competition 2018, Ringwood.
2018 – 1st Overall, ‘Forgery’ Art Show at the Ringwood Art Society, Ringwood.
2017 – Winner Major Prize: Body of Work, 2nd: Best Painting, Commended: Drawing.
Graeme Hildebrand Art Prize 2017, Red Gallery, Fitzroy North.
2017 – Finalist, fortyfivedownstairs Emerging Art Prize, Melbourne.
2017 – Winner ‘Most Memorable’ Peculiar Portraits Arts Prize, Union Club Hotel, Fitzroy.
2016 – Winner People’s Choice Award, Bairnsdale & District Arts Society Pre-Xmas Show.
2012 – Highly Commended, Camberwell Rotary Art Show, Camberwell, Melbourne.
2012 – Finalist, Cliftons Art Prize, Cliftons Melbourne.
2011 – Winner LaTrobe Regional Gallery Emerging Artist Award, LaTrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell VIC.
2011 – Finalist, Cliftons Art Prize, Cliftons Melbourne.
2010 – Winner Tolarno Painting Prize 2010, Monash University (Prize: $1000).

2019 – Art Thy Neighbour: “It’s easy to lose yourself, even for one moment, gazing at the raw emotion in Liz Gridley’s paintings”
2018 – Winter Days exhibition at Off the Kerb Gallery: Weekend Notes
2018 – PoseSpace.com: Interview with Liz Gridley
2014 – Archer Magazine: Issue 3.
2014 – RAW: Video Interview ‘Liz Gridley’
2011 – Death Be Kind: Exhibition Book.

2017/18 – Selection of works, The Stockroom, Shop 2, Civic place Ringwood VIC.

2015 – Pro Make-up Artistry Certificate, KRYOLAN Australia, Melbourne, VIC.
2011 – Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours), Monash University, Churchill, VIC.
2010 – Bachelor of Visual Arts, Monash University, Caulfield, VIC.

2018 – Fashion. Ringwood Art Society, Maroondah Federation Estate, Ringwood.
2017 – Fact or Fiction: A portrait competition, Melbourne Polytechnic, Prahran.

2019 – Portrait in Oils. Sherbrooke Art Society, Sherbrooke Art Gallery, Belgrave.
2018 – PanPastel for Life Drawing. Ringwood Art Society, Maroondah Federation Estate.