‘Glaze’ by Liz Gridley
Artist: Liz Gridley
Medium: Oil on aluminium composite panel
Dimensions: 11.7″ x 8.3″
Year of Creation: 2023
About the Artwork:
“Painting the juxtaposition of figures and their inner turmoil pushes my paint to realist and surreal places, however with this piece the required push of narrative was refusing to surface. ‘Glaze’ embodies the passion and thrill of a sudden decision, impulsivity & whimsy. Magenta pigment engulfs the figure and she is cut by a beam of light going towards her chest, this surreal form speaking to her heart. Glossy coatings of colour, gives her confidence and push her out of the clouds.” – Liz Gridley
About the Artist:
From an artistic interest spurred through Life Drawing sessions, Gridley’s work centres on her emotional experiences of the human body, internal stresses, and how a painted human subject can affect the emotional state of the viewer.
“I can feel a reaction in my gut when I view an artwork that is enamouring – and it is much more complex than simplistic emotional states, like happiness or sadness. The figures play with gesture and bodily discomfort to complicate the viewer’s role and bring forth questions regarding voyeurism, consent and body confidence.”
Gridley had her debut solo exhibition ‘Empathy, My Witness’ in 2018 at Off The Kerb Gallery following her Major Prize win at the Graeme Hildebrand Art Prize in 2017. Gridley has been a Finalist in a number of awards including the Cliftons Art Prize, the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine Art Prize (USA), fortyfive downstairs Emerging Art Prize, Kennedy Art Prize, and was awarded a commendation by judge Prudence Flint for her piece in the 2019 Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize. Gridley was also a resident of the ‘Growing Pains Initiative’ Artists Residency at Burrinja Gallery in Upwey in 2019, creating oil paintings that spread organically across the gallery walls before demolition.
Gridley is currently working from her studio in Naarm (Melbourne, Australia).