Kirsty Bruce


Visual Artist
Hi! I’m Kirsty Bruce and I love drawing and painting; my work is very precise and rich in detail. I use acrylic paint and watercolour pencils on paper and (occasionally) on canvas. I especially enjoy the painting process itself. I always produce slowly; drawing the image is the starting point, and next, a considerable amount of time is spent filling in all the features, layering acrylic paint as a base, and then ultimately refining the details using watercolour pencils. I am an avid collector of magazines and books; they are my main source material from which I obtain creative stimulation and ideas. Furthermore, I enjoy spending time outdoors in nature. Observing the natural world around me is also a great source of inspiration for my work. Sometimes, in addition to my paintings and drawings, I enjoy making hand-cut paper collages. I am represented by Milani Gallery in Brisbane, Queensland.


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Education

2011 Bachelor of Fine Art Honours, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane.

2006 Bachelor of Fine Art (with Distinction), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.

2002 Diploma of Visual Art, Southbank TAFE, Brisbane.

Selected Solo Shows

2015 Milani Gallery, Brisbane: New Work

2009 Milani Gallery, Brisbane: Paintings and Paper-cuts

2008 Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand: Fragments

2007 NBC Capital Metro Arts Scholarship, Metro Arts, Brisbane: Unromantic

2006 Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand: La Femme

2006 Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane: Finishing School

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 Griffith University, Brisbane: Drawing International Brisbane Symposium 2015

2012 Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.: Contemporary Australia: Women

2012 Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand: Kirsty Bruce / Sam Mitchell / Erica Van Zon

2011 QUT Art Museum, Brisbane: Remarks on Colour: Australian Watercolours

2010 Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane: Feminism Never Happened

2010 Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand: Metroland

2010 Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria: Beleura National Works on Paper

2010 RMIT University Gallery, Melbourne: Constellations: A Large Number of Small Drawings

2010 Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand: Group

2009 RBS Tower, Sydney: RBS Emerging Artist Award (Finalist Exhibition)

2009 Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney: I Walk The Line: New Australian Drawing

2009 Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane: Temperature 2: New Queensland Art

2008 Milani Gallery, Brisbane: On Paper

2007 Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand: Group

2006 Institute of Modern art, Brisbane: Fresh Cut

2006 Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane: One Night Only

2005 Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane: Hail (Graduate Exhibition)

2004 Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane: Drawing with Paint

Awards

2010 Beleura National Works on Paper (finalist)

2009 RBS Emerging Art Award (finalist)

2007 NBC Capital Metro Arts Scholarship, Metro Arts, Brisbane.

2004 Golden Key International Honour Society (Academic Excellence), QUT, Brisbane.

Selected Bibliography

2013 Rachael Haynes, Reinventing the ‘F-Word’ – It’s Feminism, Eyeline Contemporary Visual Arts, no. 77, pp. 68-71

2012 Zoe De Luca, Kirsty Bruce: cut and paste: Contemporary Australia Women, exhibition catalogue, Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, pp. 64-67

2012 Melissa Miles, Occupy, Redefine, Overcome: Contemporary Australia Women, Artlines: Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, no. 1, pp. 24-27

2011 Emily Wakeling, Troubling Feminist Art, Eyeline Contemporary Visual Arts, no. 73, p. 53

2011 Megan Williams, Remarks On Colour: Australian Watercolours, exhibition catalogue, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane

2010 Robert Leonard, Feminism Never Happened, exhibition catalogue, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

2009 Timothy Morrell, Queensland: the unreal Australia, Temperature 2: new Queensland art, exhibition catalogue, Brisbane City Council, p.12

2009 Anne Lopez, Novel Developments, Australian Art Review, May-July, p. 64

2009 Christine Morrow, I Walk The Line: I Walk The Line / New Australian Drawing, exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, pp. 4-20

2007 Hannah Scott, Unromantic, exhibition catalogue, Metro Arts, Brisbane

2007 Alison Kubler, Queensland Painters: the new breed, Art and Australia, issue 45, no.1, pp. 104-115

2006 Sue Gardiner & Virginia Were, Postcards, Art News New Zealand, issue 26, no. 2, p. 23

Collections

NBC Capital, Brisbane

Artbank, Sydney

Mater Hospital, Brisbane

Gadens Lawyers, Brisbane

Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane

Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Brisbane

Queensland Health

Various Private Collections

Professional Activities

2012 Artist talk at the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, in conjunction with the Contemporary Australia: Women exhibition

2012 Workshop artist instructor at Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (for Gallery Members) in conjunction with the Contemporary Australia: Women exhibition

2012 Workshop artist instructor at Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (for Primary School Teachers) in conjunction with the Contemporary Australia: Women exhibition

2012 Workshop artist instructor at Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (for Teenagers) in conjunction with the Contemporary Australia: Women exhibition

2007 Artist talk at the Metro Arts Galleries, Brisbane, in conjunction with the NBC Capital Metro Arts Scholarship.