Hope and despair
Mixed medium       51 cm x 48.5 cm      2015


Bridget O'Leary


Bridget O’Leary studied Design at Swinburne University in Australia. She is passionate about education, language, art and multiculturalism. Bridget O’Leary’s art is influenced by Asian culture through her experience of living in Taiwan.  She has been an active participant in the local art scene in Taiwan with over seven years experience in organising educational and artistic events.  Specifically as the Australian Group Manager of Australia-Taiwan: Art Connection, Blossom Spirit.

Bridget O’Leary had a solo exhibition at Dong Men Gallery in Tainan,Taiwan in October 2014.  This exhibition was about her life and emotions in Taiwan.  A video link of the exhibition can be found at: http://youtu.be/GZNCsmk8aGA.  Also an essay about Bridget O’Leary’s artwork Monkey Queen was published in the Modern Art Asia online journal by Min Chih Sun.

She has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions in the following countries: Italy, Taiwan, China, Japan and Australia. She has won awards including the 1998 second prize for the Royal Melbourne Art Show in Australia and 1997 first prize of Royal Overseas League in Australia. Her most recent group exhibition was participating in the Imago Mundi Exhibition 2015 – Luciano Benetton Collection, Looking Down Under: Australian Contemporary Art, Vienna 55th Biennale of Venice, Italy.

Artists Statement:
'This artwork relates to the theme of vision and aspiration for a better quality of human life through a despair of the current situation and hope of a better future, specifically for equality for women and their own control over their lives.'