Bridget Bidwill’s latest exhibition in the Wairarapa, Reflection and Image, received rave reviews by critics and the general public alike.
Reflection and Image:
‘It’s a fitting title for a series of paintings that have an aura of calm – as much because of their pared down colours and organic shapes, as the timeconsuming process of making. Looking closely, you can see that Bridget has spent many hours working and reworking the surface – scratching, sanding, painting and glazing to arrive at an end point that, she says, is still mysterious after decades of painting.
“One of my primary aims is to use the medium of painting to evoke feeling and thought,”says Bidwill. “Just as instrumental and classical music needs no lyrics to create its atmosphere and meaning, an abstract painting does not need to copy reality to prove its intellectual and aesthetic work.”
Bidwill describes the simplified abstract shapes that have become distinctively hers over the past 28 years of exhibiting as “an alphabet that I keep using . . . there are still a lot more possibilities.”
Recalling vessels, leaf and plant forms, she says they may have come about due to the influence by British modernist painters such as Ben Nicholson, Victor Pasmore, William Scott and the St Ives Group, introduced to her by an art teacher at Woodford House where she boarded as a secondary school student.
There are also echoes of objects she grew up with from her uncle’s shop in Wellington – pottery by Lucie Rie and Bernard Leach.’
To read the full review of the exhibition, which featured in the Wairarapa News on the 1st of January 2014, please click on the link below: Wairarapa News