Gina Bruce

G i n a   B r u c e

North Head

Working outdoors and returning to favourite spots time and again is a large part of my art practice. I enjoy all that is involved with planning and working ‘en plein air’ and, on these occasions, usually paint using watercolour, often beginning with compositional pencil sketches. My art practice extends into the studio where I use a variety of mediums such as watercolour, egg tempera, gouache, acrylic or oil, working from my drawings and imagination to create my studio works.

After graduating with a Commerce Degree from the University of Sydney in 1998, Gina Bruce subsequently pursued fine art, completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2001 at the National Art School (NAS), Sydney. Since 2002, she has held nine solo exhibitions at Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney, and participated in numerous group shows throughout Australia and abroad.

Bruce garnered art awards as a student, notably the Gruner Prize for Landscape painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2000) and the Ken Done Prize for Painting, National Art School (2001). As an emerging artist, she won the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award (2002) and the Nokia Art Award (2001), the latter taking her to Thailand as Australian finalist for the Asia Pacific Region Nokia Art Award. In 2004, she was awarded the Denise Hickey Paris Studio residency, which she occupied for four months before returning for a solo exhibition entitled Monuments and Shadows.

Among the national art prize competitions in which she has been a finalist are the Sulman Prize for genre painting; the Dobell Prize for Drawing; the Paddington Art Prize; the Mosman Art Prize; the Kedumba Prize for Drawing and the Portia Geach Memorial Award. In 2011, she won the Waverley Art Prize for her egg tempera diptych, Dreamhouse 2.

Bruce has taught in the public programs of the National Art School, the Waverley Art School and ArtEst Art School in Sydney. In 2015, she completed a Masters of Teaching and has given service to teaching at Randwick Public School and Queenwood Girls School, as well as teaching privately.

Her work is held in public and private collections in Australia and Internationally.

Gina Bruce was elected a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute in 2023.

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