Leigh Bridges

Canadian artist Leigh Bridges lives and works in Winnipeg and holds a Master’s degree in Fine Art from the University of Victoria. Bridges was based in Berlin from 2005 to 2007. While in Germany, her exploration of collage vis-à-vis painting developed in dialogue with the “Leipzig School”, with a particular emphasis on aspects of the sublime in landscape depictions. Bridges' most recent work both expands and complicates these established directions, intersecting modernist forms, schema for do-it-yourself sustainable technology, and landscape.

Leigh Bridges has exhibited across Canada, in the United States and overseas, most recently in Toronto, Montreal, Berlin, Vancouver, Melbourne, Seattle and Skien, Norway. Her work is part of several corporate collections, including Bank of Montreal, Toronto Dominion Bank, and Global Affairs Canada. Bridges holds a position of Assistant Professor of Art and Design at the University of Manitoba.

General Artist Statement

"Broadly, my work explores the subject of provisional living and the sublime pastoral. To me, these subjects suggest conditions of wonder, uncertainty, anxiety as well as openness to possibilities. This paradox motivates my work. Sources are varied, ranging from survivalist manuals, do-it-yourself backyard fort building, animation, folk tales, and 19th century romantic landscape paintings.

I am motivated by an interest in narrative, combined with what may seem to be the opposite impulse: a materialist approach. I look for moments of surprise, often the result of a competition between form and narrative. One painting can contain various senses of time, both as the suggestion of a moment in a narrative sequence, and in the layering and material evidence of the painting’s construction.

My work has been influenced by my experience living for extended periods in Edmonton, Vancouver and Berlin. In 2007, I returned from working for two years in Berlin, where I researched contemporary exhibitions as well as German Romantic painters such as Caspar David Friedrich and Philipp Otto Runge. Another strong motivational interest has been colour field abstraction and its phenomenological aspect, due in part to developmental time spent in Edmonton. Geographic locations have yielded physical and cultural landscapes which inform my work."

Leigh Bridges' Website

Selected Solo Exhibitions
  • Layabout, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
  • Outpost, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto.
  • Hinterland, Bjornson Kajiwara Gallery, Vancouver
  • Canada Landscape People, Leif Magne Tangens Gallery, Skien, Norway Curated by Jan Christensen
  • Roughing It, Main Gallery, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada
Selected Group Exhibitions
  • Rusted Sky, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • Need Time, School of Art Gallery, Winnipeg
  • Lieux Échafaudé, Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal
  • Group Exhibition, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • International Contemporary Art Fair, Vancouver, with Deluge Contemporary Art
  • 7th Annual C Magazine Benefit Auction, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, (MOCCA), Toronto, Canada
  • Making Scenes, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • 6th Annual C Magazine Benefit Auction, Redbull Projects, Toronto
  • Spring Fling 5, C Magazine Fundraiser, Birch Libralto Gallery, Toronto
  • Faculty Show, Concourse Gallery, Vancouver
  • North South East West, Paul Petro Contemporary, Toronto
  • F**k the Little Man, National Museum, Berlin Germany
  • Christmas Spice, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • Toronto International Art Fair with Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • Spring Fling 4 C Magazine Fundraiser, Birch Libralto Gallery, Toronto
  • Somewhere Else, Peter Wilde Gallery, Berlin, Germany
  • Christmas Spice Paul Petro Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
  • Toronto International Art Fair Paul Petro Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
  • Rapt Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) Fundraiser, Vancouver Canada
  • Spring Fling 3, C Magazine Fundraiser, Georgia Scherman Projects Toronto, Canada. Curated by Rosemary Heather
  • Nine Site Specific Landscapes, PROGRAM Gallery, Berlin, Germany Curated by Carson Chan
  • Winter Celebration, Bjornson Kajiwara Gallery. Vancouver, Canada
  • Toronto International Art Fair, Bjornson Kajiwara Gallery. Toronto, Canada
  • Selecta 2006, WestSpace, Melbourne, Australia
  • False Start, AEDC Project Space, Berlin, Germany
  • Plus+, Bjornson Kajiwara Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
  • On Climate and Metabolism, Two person show, Production Studio Exhibitions, Vancouver, Canada. Curated by Lucy Pullen
  • Institutionalized Rogue Art Gallery, Victoria, Canada
  • Please Everyone, SOIL Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Hurry Slowly Or Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
  • Master of Fine Arts, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • Professional Development Courses Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver, Canada
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada
  • Canadian Art Magazine, Art Hop Auction, September 2011
  • Carte Blanche Vol.2 Painting Magenta Foundation
  • Rapt - Contemporary Art Gallery Fundraiser Catalogue Preview Magazine - Review of Hinterland. Winter 2007/08
  • Selecta 2006 Catalogue
  • d'Or (Goin' Solo) Catalogue, Sydney Hermant
  • On Climate and Metabolism Essay Catalogue, Lucy Pullen
  • Small Wonder Review in Monday Magazine, Wendy Welch
  • Please Everybody Essay Catalogue, Sarah Massecar
  • Creative Works Grant, University of Manitoba
  • UVic Graduate Fellowship University of Victoria
  • Travel Grant, University of Victoria
  • UVic Graduate Fellowship University of Victoria
  • Travel Grant, University of Victoria
Professional Activities
2014 - Present
  • University of Manitoba — Associate Professor, Graphic Design and Art
  • University of Manitoba — Sessional Instructor, Drawing and Visual Language
  • University of Victoria—Sessional Instructor, Drawing 101
  • Development of curriculum, presentation of demonstrations and short lectures, facilitation of group discussions, group critiques, research field trips, etc.
Volunteer Activities
  • www.indexproject.com. Online gallery/presentation space
  • Production Studio Exhibitions. Vancouver, Canada
  • Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG). Vancouver, Canada
  • Artropolis 2003. CBC Studios, Vancouver, Canada
  • Act Locally Calendar. Vancouver, Canada