Helen McCullagh

Nick Dridan

Nick Dridan approaches painting first and foremost in a purely aesthetic sense, concerned with the various design elements of a subject- line, shape, tone, colour etc, and how these can be arranged on the picture plane. More often then not, this way of working carries a painting to finish.
 

These works continue my investigation into motifs and themes of my immediate surroundings. They are based on direct observation, memory and imagination.  I enjoy the play of tone, shape, colour and other design elements that can be found throughout nature. Narrative can sometimes be felt in my work, but it isn’t a primary concern of mine and I prefer a more open ended feeling.

Nick Dridan   

 

b. 1988

 

Exhibitions

 

2019:  “Liminal Spaces”, Solo show, Falkner Gallery, Castlemaine, VIC.

 

            Exhibiting Artist at Lucy McEachern Studio Gallery for Golden Plains Art Trail.

 

           “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         

             Gallery, Maryborough.

         

             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.

 

Education

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.

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