Nick Dridan lives on a farm in Central Victoria. These works continue his interest into motifs and themes of his immediate surroundings. They are based on direct observation, memory and imagination. He enjoys the play of tone, shape, colour and other design elements that can be found around him. Sometimes narrative can be felt in his work, but his primary concern is for the immediate visual play of design elements in the picture. He has a preference for a more open ended feeling, rather than a concrete story.
2020: Exhibiting Artist at Lucy McEachern Studio Gallery (subsequently held online), for GP Art Trail.
2019: “Short Stories”, Group Show, AK Bellinger Gallery, Inverell, NSW.
“Liminal Spaces”, Solo show, Falkner Gallery, Castlemaine, VIC.
“The Witness”, Solo show, Wishart Gallery, Port Fairy, VIC.
2018: “A Cat Amongst the Pigeons”, Group Show, Possum Gulley Gallery, Maryborough, VIC.
“Formed on the Plains”, Group Show, Studio 11, Owen Dixon Chambers East, Melbourne.
“Medley”, Solo Show, Boom Gallery, Geelong.
“Big Country”, Group Show, A.K. Bellinger Gallery, Inverell, NSW.
Exhibiting Artist at Lucy McEachern Studio Gallery for Golden Plains Art Trail.
Pyrenees Unearthed Art Show, Winner of Acquisitive Prize, Avoca.
2017: “Landscape into Art”, Group Show, Possum Gulley Gallery, Adelaide Lead.
“Half the Story”, Solo show, Boom Gallery, Geelong.
Artist in residence at Federation University, Ballarat.
Surfcoast Arts Trail, Exhibiting artist at Harley Manifold Studio.
St Patricks College Flanagan Art Prize, Finalist, Ballarat.
Golden Plains Arts Trail, Exhibiting artist at Lucy Mceachern Studio Gallery.
Wyndham Art Prize, Finalist, Wyndham Cultural Centre, Werribee.
“Whispers”, group show with Shaun Tan and Harley Manifold, The Lost Ones Gallery, Ballarat.
2016: A.M.E Bale artist travel award, Finalist, works on paper and works in oil/acrylic
“The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse”, Joint show with Harley Manifold, Central Goldfields
Avoca Art Show, Winner, Best in Show.
St Patrick’s College Flanagan Art Prize, Finalist.
M Collection Award, Finalist, Gallery Smith, North Melbourne.
2015: Golden Plains Art trail, participating artist.
A.M.E Bale artist travel award, Finalist, works on paper.
2014: “Paddock Dwellers”, Recent works, Possum Gulley Art Gallery, Maryborough.
Gallery on Sturt, Ballarat, Recent works.
Small Treasures, Big Ideas, Group Show, Maryborough Art Gallery
2013: Castlemaine Art Gallery, Len Fox Painting Award, Finalist.
Chapman and Bailey Art Award, Chapman and Bailey, Melbourne.
Senses Gallery Amphitheatre, Recent works.
2012: St Patricks College Flanagan Art Prize, Finalist.
2010: Chapman and Bailey Art Award, Chapman and Bailey, Brisbane.
EYE: Arts Academy Graduating Students, Mining Exchange, Ballarat.
Awards and Prizes
2018: Acquisitive Prize, Pyrenees Unearthed Art show.
2017: Best Watercolour, Pyrenees Unearthed Art show.
2016: Best in show, Pyrenees Unearthed Art show.
2013: Best landscape, Donald Art Show.
2009: Best Artist under 21, Pyrenees Art Exhibition and Sale.
Adrienne Guy award, for academic achievement, University of Ballarat Arts Academy.
2010: Bachelor of Visual Arts (Fine Arts) Honours, Arts Academy, University of Ballarat.
2009: Bachelor of Visual Arts (Fine Arts), Arts Academy, University of Ballarat.