Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2006, Bridgland has used a diverse range of materials and working methods to pursue an incisive and often witty exploration of distinctively British sentiments, externalising the underlying sense of loss and nostalgia that permeates our memories. Vignettes of British back-packer’s holidays, old-fashioned bus-tours, and childhood seaside breaks that figure strongly in his visual repertoire are often tinged with this feeling of time having passed too quickly, our memories gradually fading. Twinned with this however, is an upbeat celebration of themes distilled from children’s colouring books, paint-by-numbers kits, old public transport posters and kitsch postcards, which he imbues with the kaleidoscopic richness of carefully chosen and thickly applied primary colours. These everyday, almost mundane subjects are treated with the importance and status of emblems; centred in each work and often encapsulated within related text or target-like circular borders that focus our gaze.
Whether descriptive of change or constancy, Bridgland’s work keys into our desire to remember and relive, and plays upon our tendency to elevate our shared memories with the rose-tinted, wistful spectacles we don when thinking of the past, as well as the future.
2019 SORDIDUM SOMNIUM, CIRCLE, Cornwall
2019 Contents Of My Excitement, The Other One, Essex
2018 I Need This Wilderness, LAF 30th Anniversary, Islington, London. In Collaboration with London Art Fair and TAG Fine Arts
2017 Splice Artist Residency, Old Street, London.
2017 We’re Still Good Friends, Curwen Gallery, London.
2016 Interesting Borings, CP+B London, York Way, London.
2014 Tiny Positives, BETC London, Rathbone Place, London, W1T.
2014 Darbyshire, White Lion Street, London, N1.
2014 Fables, The Poetry Society, 22 Betterson Street, London, WC2H.
2013 Circa, in collaboration with Peacock Visual Arts, various venues, in association with Impact 8 International Print Conference, Dundee, Scotland
2013 TREASURE, curated by Matthew Reeves, The Gallery @ Idea Store, Whitechapel, London.
2012 There’s A Story Here That Might Interest You, South Beach Lookout, Aldeburgh, Suffolk.
2012 Happy, All Smiles, Peacock Visual Arts, Castle Street, Aberdeen.
2011 Wellen, Kolvenburg, Billerbeck, Germany.
PROJECTS + COLLECTIONS
The British Museum Prints and Drawings Collection
The Unilever Collection,
Hoxton Hotel Group
Soho House Group
AEA Investors LLC
The V & A
Kloster Bentlage Germany
University of Cambridge Kettle’s Yard
Addenbrookes Hospital Cambridge
Kolvenburg Billerbeck Germany
Los Angeles Natural History Museum
Aberdeen Art Gallery
UCLH Arts London
Courtauld Institute of the Arts East Wing
The De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill on Sea
The Royal College of Art
Tony Blair’s office
Purdue University Indiana
University of Dundee
The Curwen Studio
Peacock Visual Arts
Norwich University College of the Arts
Louise Clarke, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity
Imperial College Hospital Trust
Jo Brooks PR
Nuffield Trust Cambridge
The Aldeburgh Beach South Lookout Residency Archive
University of Hertfordshire
Guy Chambers and various private collections across Asia, Europe and the United States.