Ralph Bristow is a visual artist who lives in North East Regional Victoria. He has recently completed a purpose built studio overlooking the Broken River. This space
had allowed him to paint on canvas, expanding and exploring new possibilities. The current body of work is a series of paintings based around the Broken River.
Ralph’s paintings are multidimensional. Arranged in a form of mindful collage combined with complex colour combinations as well as monochromatic palates. He
applies paint spontaneously, synchronising hand and eye with the present moment, streaming consciousness into his work.
Some paintings are resolved relatively promptly, keeping the work fresh and expressive, trying to hold and capture a moment. Other works are more complex in
their resolve, telling a story of going through a process of layering, obliterating, repainting, building up paint that weaves in, out and through his work. Works are
gouache, ink, aquarelle pencil, mediums on paper as well as acrylic on canvas. He is inspired by his experiences of the spirit, science, landscape and present
consciousness. Ralph Bristow is interested in how his paintings are a portable meeting place, a place
where lives mingle, where his work is transformed from his experience into the lives of the viewer. He now invites the viewer to share his journey within each painting.


1989 – 91 BA Fine Art Monash University



2015 Lumen Gallery, Melbourne
2015 Gallery 34, Yea
2014 Mansfield Art Festival
2014 “The beautiful Mush” Gallery 25, Mildura
2013 Mansfield Art Festival
2007 Mansfield Art Festival
2012 “Everything Everywhere” Gallery 34, Yea
2001 Art by Ralph, Fitzroy Galleries
2000 Art by Ralph, Fitzroy Galleries
1999 “Telling” Roar Gallery, Fitzroy
1998 “Clean 2” Westspace, Footscray
1997 “Clean” Westspace, Footscray


2016 King Valley Art Show, King Valley
2016 Beth Hulme Gallery, Melbourne
2016 Mansfield Art Gallery, Mansfield
2016 Lumen Gallery, Melbourne
2014 Mansfield Art Festival
2013 Mansfield Art Festival
2012 Mansfield Art Festival
2009 GreenWood Gallery, Lorne
2008 Mansfield Art Festival
1998 The collection, Westspace
1997 MREAM Artists, Footscray Community Arts Centre


2016 King Valley Art Show, Winner Watercolour and Gouache (acquisitive)
2015 Mansfield Rotary Art Prize, Winner (acquisitive)
1998 Footscray Arts and Culture Grant
1996 Hoechst Art Prize, Winner
1990 National Maritime Art Award
1989 National Maritime Art Award


Paris, France
Edinburgh, Scotland

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