About Kate

Brisbane Contemporary Artist Kate Barry






Kate Barry is a Brisbane based artist with over 25 years graphic design experience in the book publishing industry before returning to the development of her painting practice.

Working as an abstract painter, Kate¹s works are driven by instinctive and emotional responses to landscape and the energy of human interconnection. Her paintings are a physical demonstration of the narration of her imagination and memories. Kate’s works explore feelings of space, pushing and reaching out over the canvas with gestural mark-making. Compositions arise from balancing opposing angles and strokes with the vitality of pattern, colour and layering,

“I get lost in the series of painted marks as they charter a rough course
across the canvas. Painting pulls me between reality and the subconscious.
Visual passages travelled and traces of snatched emotional responses are
left upon the surface. As we pass by we allow ourselves to be drawn in”.

Kate has exhibited her paintings throughout Brisbane, and sold privately and by commission, in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland and Christchurch.

Qualifications - B. Visual Communications, Christchurch NZ


Finalist Brisbane Art Awards, Judith Wright Centre, 420 Brunswick Street, Qld 4006, October 2017

Red Hill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Road, Qld 4059, Gallery representation, August 2017

Modern Furniture Store, New Farm, 69-71 James Street, Qld 4006, Paintings stocked 2017

Side Gallery, 31 Murray Street, Red Hill, QLD 4059. Group Exhibition, Here I Am, December 2016

Side Gallery, 31 Murray Street, Red Hill, QLD 4059. Solo exhibition, Traces in Between, 20 October - 4 November 2016

Awarded Second Prize Royal Queensland Art Society Abstract Exhibition. Judge
Prof. Mostyn Bramley Moore. The Petrie Tce Gallery, Qld 4000. Exhibition June 2016

Finalist Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular Exhibition 2016 and 2017.

In Show and Online Paintings, Central Plaza 1, 345 Queen Street, Qld 4000.

Gallery exhibition finalist Lethbridge 10,000 Art Award 2016 and 2017.
Lethbridge Gallery, 136 Latrobe Tce, Qld 4064.

Finalist Clayton Utz Art Awards 2015 Riparian Plaza, 71 Eagle St, QLD 4000

Brookfield Art Show Exhibitor, Second Prize Winner 2016, Brookfield
Showgrounds, QLD 4069

Wild Canary, 2371 Moggill Road, Brookfield, QLD 4069.
Solo exhibition Elsewhere 29 June ­ 16 Aug 2015

Percolator Gallery 134 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, QLD 4064. Solo
exhibition Ulterior Motif: July 2013 Digital Giclée works on paper, Linen
and canvas, 35 Artworks sold in addition to many commissions.


BLUE ESSENCE FINALIST Brisbane Art Awards 2016 Judith wright Centre August 2016, Brunswick street, Fortitude Valley

TRAVERSING FINALIST Contemporary Art Awards 2016, Queensland Government Initiative 

ROVING FINALIST  Lethbridge 10,000 Small Scale Art Award 2016  11 -19 June 2016 -  Lethbridge Gallery, 136 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington Qld 4064

MOSS FINALIST Lethbridge 10,000 Small Scale Art Award 2016  11 -19 June 2016 -  Lethbridge Gallery, 136 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington Qld 4064

THE JAM FINALIST Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular, In Show 31 May - 3 June 2016, Central Plaza 1, 345 Queen Street, Qld 4000

CONVOLUTION FINALIST & HARVEST FINALIST Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular Online Paintings 31 May - 3 June 2016, Central Plaza 1, 345 Queen Street, Qld 4000

DEFLECTION SECOND PRIZE Royal Queensland Art Society Abstract Exhibition 24 May - 5 June judged by Prof. Mostyn Bramley Moore - The Petrie Tce Gallery, 162 Petrie Tce, Qld 4000

VERVE SECOND PRIZE Brookfield Art Show 2016 - Brookfield Showgrounds, Qld 4069

WILLOWS FINALIST Clayton Utz Art Awards 2015 - Riparian Plaza, 71 Eagle St, Qld 4000




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