Painter working in River Studios


Bridgette McNab is a graphic still life and portrait painter currently living and working in Melbourne, Australia. Employing a mise-en-scene approach to painting, McNab’s work explores the relationships that exist between colour and narrative; cinema and painting. Created using a lexicon of appropriationist techniques, McNab forges fictional realities that combine art historical tradition with contemporary popular culture

Originally from Noosa, Queensland, McNab graduated from The National Art School with Honours in 2011; the sole recipient of the prestigious Clitheroe Foundation honours Scholarship. Since then she has exhibited extensively and appeared as a finalist in well-known art prizes such as The Archibald Prize, The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and the Portia Geach Memorial Award. Bridgette has been represented by Robin Gibson Gallery in Sydney since 2016 and Boom Gallery 2018. 

What attracted you to the space and what makes your studio suitable for your practice?

I have been living and working in West Melbourne since relocating here two years ago and absolutely love being part of the inner west community. River Studios are professional and well maintained, with a diverse range of artists which is what attracts me most.

The communal areas provide a comfortable space for connecting with the other artists and taking a break.
The individual studios are affordable and safe, with a good amount of space, great lighting and ventilation for my painting practice