David Bridgeman (b.1959) was born in Oxford, England. Holding an Honours degree in Education and Biological Sciences he moved to the Caribbean in 1987 where he taught in several Government schools.
Meeting with a number of artists in the Cayman Islands, he took up and developed his love for the visual arts. Although self-taught, he has studied painting with artists such as Bendel Hydes-Grand Cayman, James Isaiah Boodhoo-Trinidad, Karl Jerry Craig-Jamaica and Lys Hansen-Scotland. He also spent 3 years studying with the TurpsBanana Art School mentoring programme in London, UK. Mentors included Adam Hennesy, Katie Pratt, Luke Dowd, Bernice Donszelmann and Stuart Elliot. He has also attended a number of etching workshops with, amongst others, Alfons Bytautas at the Edinburgh Printmakers, Scotland.
He curated his own solo exhibition at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands in 2014 as well as other group shows such as Arreckly-Towards A Cultural Identity in 2007. He also exhibited at the Framers Gallery in Windmill Street, London, England in 2017 as well as the Oxo tower in the same year. Other regional exhibitions include the Carib Art travelling exhibition and the 2nd Biennial of Painting in the Caribbean & Central America, Museo de Arte Moderno in the Dominican Republic.
His works form part of the Deutsche Bank Global Art Collection in New York and the permanent collection of the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands.
Not unlike a scientific experiment, Bridgeman tests and experiments with materials, constantly revising and reworking his imagery. Everything remains in a constant state of flux.
His work is influenced by a number of elements from early childhood and teenage years to experiences such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which plagued the artist’s life for a number of years. The works often bridge the gap between the Caribbean and his country of birth, linked to a relationship with a life on a Caribbean island that was only ever intended to last two years. He works in a variety of media to convey these feelings, taking the form of painting, sculpture and printmaking.
David is represented by Black Pony Gallery, https://www.artsy.net/blackponygallery
He lives in West Bay, Grand Cayman and works from his studio in George Town.