ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kristi Bridgeman was born and raised on the west coast of Canada to a family of artists and gardeners. The artist was largely self taught, and has been immersed in the arts her whole life. Kristi is known for her sepia tones and glowing lines, likened to cloisonnism, or stain glass. After discovering quill pen and sepia ink (an alternative to disposable fountain pens) she fell in love with the ethereal west coast effect, and the medium became her trademark.
Kristi's fine art paintings have been featured and awarded in many solo and group shows at venues such as the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Winchester Galleries, Sidney Fine Arts, Robert Bateman Centre, Dales Gallery, Martin Batchelor Gallery, Gordon Smith Gallery, and the Sun Yat Sen Gallery. Recent projects include exhibits in Jasper Region Museum and Musee Heritage in St. Albert, Alberta
The artist has created over 26 childrens books and has been shortlisted for Governor Generals Award as well as several dozen book awards. Her signature sepia toned pieces can be found in card and print series, environmental works, eastern inspired mandalas and massive canvas landscapes.
Orca Books, Oolichan Books, Extasis Editions, Oxford University Press, University of Victoria, C.A.O.T, Best Fairy Books, Wyatt and Sons and Parks Canada.
Provincial and Federal Government, Parks Canada, Ministry of Health, Fort Langley Historic site, the District of Saanich, C.A.O.T, several B.C. Childrens Hospitals, and many social and environmental groups such as the Friends of Bow Pond, Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society and the Stream of Dreams Society,
AUTHORS and PARTNERS
Kristi has created three books with author-poet P.K Page, and worked with many other wonderful authors such as Charles Ghigna, Fiona Tin Wei Lam, Rachel Wyatt, Bobbie Hinman and Paulette Bourgeois. Uirapuru by P.K. Page was shortlisted for the 2010 Governor Generals Award for Book Illustration and won the Victoria Book Awards, Bolen Books Childrens Book Prize.
2015 Kirkus Star, "A Carnival of Cats",
2010 Governour Generals Illustration Shortlist for "Uirapuru"
2010 Bolen Books Childrens Book Prize,
C.O.A.T. Award of Excellence,
Monday Magazine Peoples Choice,
Community Arts Coucil of Greater Victoria's '150 Top Women Artists past and present'
Several awards through the Federation of Canadian Artists, Victoria Chapter.
The Island Illustrators Society,
Federation of Canadian Artists,
CANSCAIP, SCBWI West, CCBC, CARFAC/CARCC
Métis Nation Greater Victoria and British Columbia
Selected ARTICLE and FEATURES
2018 Feature Article, St. Albert Gazette
2017 Feature Article, The Jasper Local
2016 Island Parent Magazine, Book Nook with Sara Cassidy https://islandparent.ca/index.php?kic_article_action=display&kic_article_id=1478
2015 Kirkus Star, "A Carnival of Cats" https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/charles-ghigna/a-carnival-of-cats/
2015 49th Shelf, Kerry Clare, Illustrator Review "A Carnival of Cats" https://49thshelf.com/Blog/2015/10/29/Illustrator-Gallery-Kristi-Bridgeman-and-A-Carnival-of-Cats
2012 Feature article by Judee Fong, Senior Living Magazine https://issuu.com/barbara.risto/docs/senior_living_may12_web/30
2010, Exhibit V with Efren Quiroz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy5fa0wGJ1A
2008 "Painting for Peace and Light" by Poet Linda Rogers, Focus Magazine ( PDF Download here Pgs 18-21 ) 2007 Times Colonist - Book Review by Liz Pogue,
2003 Saanich News, Thomas Winterhoff "Local Artist Draws on the Child Within"
2003 Jenny Manichuck, ‘Artist Studio Interview’ CHEK T.V, Victoria BC ,
2001 Volume 15, Issue 3, The Illustrator: "Flowers, Fairies and Fine Art"
Also features and articles in Baltimore Sun, Faerie Magazine, Midwest Book Review, Children's Book Sense, Independent Publishers book review, Bronze IPPY Award.