About Kate





Brisbane Contemporary Artist Kate BarryDegree in Visual Communications
Christchurch Polytechnic, New Zealand
Illustration, Printmaking and Graphic Design

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, Kate's works are driven by instinctive and emotional responses to landscape and the energy of human interconnection. Losing herself in a dense subtropical environment and immersing the viewer in the rich and fecund terrain of her paintings, a synchronicity between nature and organic movement, encourages a connection and emotional reaction to her art. Kate's paintings are a physical demonstration of her imagination, memories and conversations. Works explore feelings of space, manipulation and the chance of built-up layers finding a voice on the canvas. Compositions arise from balancing opposing angles and strokes with the vitality of gestural mark-making, colour and texture.

“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. She is
represented by The RedHill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Rd, Q 4059 and her paintings are sold through The Modern Furniture Store, 69/71 James St, Fortitude Valley, Q 4006



Midmodoz, Shop 3, 2 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach, Qld 4573 Painting stocked February 2017

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 – Present

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

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, October 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.

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

Finalist Clayton Utz Art Awards 2015 Riparian Plaza, 71 Eagle St, QLD 4000. Sept 2015 - Sept 2016

Featured Solo Artist, Virgin Airlines, Inflight Entertainment Art Show video and magazine, Nov 2015 - Jan 2016

Brookfield Art Show Exhibitor, Second Prize Winner 2016, Brookfield show grounds, QLD 4069, 12 May - 16 May 2016

Brisbane Grammar School Art Show, 2015, 2016, 2017

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

Six 45cm square paintings selected second prize People’s Choice Award for Petite Pieces Competition Exhibition, Aspire Gallery, 53 Kennedy Tce, Paddington, QLD 4064 .Feb 2015

Art installation of twelve giclée prints at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Kangaroo Point, QLD 4169. Sept 2014 – Jan 2015

Seven paintings sold at private soirée/pre Christmas exhibition, Emerson Street, Toowong, QLD 4066. Dec 2014

Giclée Prints exhibited and online at Brisbane Modern Art Gallery, 483 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006. 2014

Paintings stocked and sold at The Robe, Barracks, Petrie Tce, QLD 4000, 2013 – Present

Large scale commissioned artworks by Interior Design companies: 2013 –2014
Roberta Treffene Interiors, 3 Couldrey Street, Bardon, QLD 4065 - 20 artworks installed Domain Resort, North Stradbroke Island, QLD 4183

Commissioned artwork Deb Studio, Interior Design, PO Box 2446 Ascot, QLD 4007. 2015, 2017

Artwork sold at the inaugural Art Auction by the Red Hill Community Group.
One of nine artists invited to exhibit at 
The Substation Gallery and Studio, Enoggera Terrace, Paddington, QLD 4064, November 2014

Artworks sold in New Zealand, Melbourne and In The Picture Gallery, Hornsby, Sydney, NSW 2077, July 2013

Customised and commissioned artworks installed in refurbished Seahaven Resort, 15 Hastings Street, Noosa, QLD 4567, November – December 2013

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. July 2013

One of ten Artisans selected to exhibit works and participate in the artisan pavilion at the Brisbane French Festival, South Bank, QLD 4101, July 2012

Artworks sold and installed through The Brisbane Housing Company 35 Astor Tce, Spring Hill QLD 4000, 2011

Of Educational Institution exhibitions and art shows I have been included in are:
St Ita’s Primary School Artshow, Dutton Park, QLD 2013
Brisbane Boys’ Grammar Artshow, QLD 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016
Hillsdon Kindergarten Artshow, QLD 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017


Lifelong distance runner. Married with three teenage sons and a daughter.



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




  • Seahaven Resort, Noosa
  • Domain Resort, North Stradbroke
  • Courtice Legal, Brisbane
  • Brisbane Housing Company, Brisbane