Eric Bridgeman is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Brisbane, Australia. Born in October 1986, Bridgeman has balanced his life and practice between Australia and his indigenous homeland in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea.
Bridgeman is a photographer, video artist, performance artist, sculptor, painter and installation artist. His practice has been motivated by the interpretation, deconstruction and playful reconstruction of sexual, racial and masculine iconography and ethnography. Using his backgrounds and experiences from Australia and PNG as a premise, he has explored the sometimes controversial and unspoken dialogues of socio-cultural identity.
Bridgeman completed his Bachelor of Photography at the Queensland College of Art in 2008, majoring in Art Practice and spending his final year in Interdisciplinary Sculpture, which saw the beginnings of his works for The Sport and Fair Play of Aussie Rules (2008/09). In 2008, the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane) selected this work for inclusion in The New Fresh Cut, giving Bridgeman the exposure and support to further the two-year long project. From this breakthrough opportunity, Bridgeman’s work attracted support and opportunities from organisations and institutions such as Next Wave Festival (Melbourne), Gallery 4A (Sydney), Australia Council for the Arts, Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney) and the University of Queensland Art Museum (Brisbane).
In 2010 Bridgeman was selected for the Basil Sellers Ian Potter Sports Prize and was awarded the Westpac Redlands Art Prize for his photographic work 'Black Beauty'. In 2011 Bridgeman was given two solo exhibitions in Melbourne; was invited to produce work for the National Artist' Self-Portrait Prize, and the Museum of Contemporary Art's annual exhibition Primavera, which showcases the nations leading young artists under 35.
Currently Bridgeman is artist-in-residence at the Gushul Studio located in Blairmore.