Liz Gridley was born 1989 in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. In 2011 she received her Bachelor of Visual Art (Hons) from Monash University which concluded with winning the Tolarno Painting Prize and the LaTrobe Regional Gallery Emerging Artist Award.

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 has participated in group shows at Off the Kerb Gallery, Brunswick Street Gallery and Switchback Galleries. She currently has works on display at The Stockroom and is a member of the Ringwood Art Society.

Gridley works out of her Knoxfield studio and will debut her first Melbourne Solo Exhibition Empathy, my witness at Off the Kerb Gallery on the 19th of October 2018.


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 background.  At the core of these portraits, figures and environments are the relationships with the viewer. The visceral imagery and its connection through to the immaterial elements that connects us as people.

The characters come from narrative and personal sources. They have diverse interiors, containing their own emotions, personalities and relationships that grow through the act of being viewed.

My practice continues to challenge the use of the traditional techniques, through new materials and presentation decisions resulting in a growing body of work that is always connected, yet evolving.

Image credit: Kane Hibberd & Unsplash.