One of the central themes of Kathy's work is the Australian landscape and in recent years she has been portraying the beauty and power of coastal landscapes. Karen exhibits regularly both at home and abroad.
Kathy is a Melbourne based artist and her practice includes oil and acrylic paintings, hand painted collages and artist books. One of the central motifs of her work is the Australian landscape and the natural world in which she lives. Kathy exhibits regularly both at home and abroad.
Kathy’s paintings and collages celebrate the very act of making art – colour, line, brush strokes and surface. Her landscapes and collages are as much about negative space, movement and layering as they are about birds, trees and skies. They are not photo-representative but rather an artist’s interpretation of the landscape, slightly abstracted and expressive but still recognisable glimpses of the natural world.
Kathy’s collages are created using hand painted paper which is either cut or torn and re-assemmbled into a new artwork. The collages are in essence paintings relying as they do on the painted surface and the use of colour in their composition. They are depictions of landscapes or elements of the landscape such as trees, flowers and birds at any one special moment in time. A wave crashes upon the shore and then retreats, a bird lands and in an instant takes off again, a flower blooms and in a heartbeat the petals are blown away by a gust of wind. Nothing in nature stays the same so these glimpses of place and space are precious in an endlessly changing world.
2019: Artist in Residence, Police Point, Mornington Peninsula Regional Galley
2016 – 2017: St Vincent’s Hospital Artist in Residence, Caritas Christi Hospice
2016: Artist in Residence, Ginestrelle, Italy 2014: Artist in Residence, Vallauris, France
2012: Artist in Residence Northcote Pottery, Brunswick 2011: Artist in Residence Galeri Art Point, Penang
2000: Artist in Residence Box Hill Community Arts Centre Collections and Awards Luciano Benetton Collection, Milan Italy St Vincent's Hospital Art Collection, Melbourne Artist in Residence Collection, Vallauris, France
2014 Box Hill Community Arts Centre Collection Manly Library, Artist Book Award, Artist Book Collection
2011 City of Whitehorse Art Collection Merit Award, Books...beyond words, East Gippsland Art Gallery
2011 Award Winner, Acquisitive Ceramic Award, Whitehorse Art Space 2013
Recent Solo Exhibitions:
2017: Upon Reflection, Tacit Gallery, Abbotsford, Melbourne
2017: Landscapes, St Vincent's Gallery, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne
2015: Complementary, Quadrant Gallery, Hawthorn
2014: Display Hutches, City Library, Melbourne
2013: After Rain, Louey & Lane Gallery, Glen Huntly, Melbourne
2011: Modern World, Glass Gallery, Northcote Town Hall, Northcote, Melbourne
2011: Penang and Back, Hand Held Gallery, Melbourne Recent Selected Group Exhibitions:
2021: Home, Geelong Art Space, Geelong
2020: The Thankyou Posters: Expressions of heartfelt thanks from our arts community to the staff of St Vincent’s, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne
2020: Doing it Differently, Geelong Art Space, Geelong 2020: Metamorph, online, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne
2020: Door to Door (Art in the time of Covid 19) online, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne
2019: WRAP, Small Art Works, East Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria
2019: Finalist Manly Library Artists' Book Award, Manly Library Sydney
2019: disCover, Amegilla Gallery, Bruthen, Victoria
2019: Motherhood-Hope of the World, Central House of Art Workers, Moscow
2018: Residency, St Vincent’s Gallery, Melbourne
2018: Poetry of Place, Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn, Melbourne
2018: Women in the Whitehorse Art Collection, Whitehorse Art Space, Box Hill
2017: 90 X 90: 90 artworks from 90 years of collecting, Whitehorse Artspace, Melbourne
2016: Artestudio Ginestrelle, Art Gallery Le Logge, Assisi UNESCO, 2016: Legacy of the Impressionists, Whitehorse Art Space, Melbourne
2015: Finalist, Artists Book Award 2015, Manly Library Sydney
2014: Exposition, Artist in Residence Program, Vallauris, France
2014: Her Presence in Colours XI, Mongolian National Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
2014: Prints 25, Art Space, City of Whitehorse 2014: Vessel, Ceramics Victoria, Herring Island
2013: Acquisitive Ceramic Award, Decal Award, Award winner, Whitehorse Art Space.
2013: Finalist, 2013 Libris Awards, Artspace Mackay
2013: Finalist Borough of Queenscliffe 150 Anniversary Art Awards, Salt Gallery, Queenscliff,
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