About Kate

Brisbane Contemporary Artist Kate Barry

 

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Degree in Visual Communications
Christchurch Polytechnic, New Zealand
Illustration, Printmaking and Graphic Design

 

Practice Overview

I returned to my abstract painting practice after 25 years Graphic Design experience in the book publishing industry. My painting is driven by instinctive and emotional responses to landscape and the energy of human interconnection. Losing myself in a dense subtropical environment and immersing the viewer in the rich and fecund terrain of my paintings, a synchronicity between nature and organic movement encourages a connection and almost primitive emotional reaction to my art. As we pass by we allow ourselves to be drawn in.

My paintings are a physical demonstration of my imagination, memories and conversations. Painting pulls me between reality and the subconscious, as I get lost in the series of painted marks chartering a rough course across the canvas. Visual passages travelled and traces of snatched emotional responses are left upon the surface. 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 have exhibited my paintings throughout Brisbane and sold privately and by commission, in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland and Christchurch. I am represented by The Red Hill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Rd, Qld 4059, Traffic Jam Galleries, 41 Military Road, Neutral Bay, Sydney NSW 2089 and 2/ 803 Military Road, Mosman, Sydney NSW 2088, The Gallery Peregian Beach, 12 Grebe Street Qld 4573 and my paintings are sold through The Modern Furniture Store, 69/71 James St, Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006, and their store in, Bowral, NSW 2576.

“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”.

 

EXHIBITIONS AND HIGHLIGHTS

The Third Quarter Gallery, 194 Petrie Terrace QLD 4000. One of 13 local, national and international Artists invited to exhibit in the Gallery launch and inaugural group exhibition On The Brink October 5th 2018

BCM Partnership Crucible Gallery and office space Solo Exhibition, Out Of Bounds, Level 3/47 Warner Street, Fortitude Valley Qld 4006 September 8th - 27th October 2018

Traffic Jam Galleries, 41 Military Road, Neutral Bay, Sydney NSW 2089 and 2/ 803 Military Road, Mosman, Sydney NSW 2088 Gallery representation, October 2018 – Present

Antiques and Art Dealers Australia Fair, White Bay Cruise Terminal, Sydney 4 Paintings exhibited with The Find Antiques of Noosa Qld 16th – 19th August 2018

The Gallery Peregian Beach, 12 Grebe Street Qld 4573, Solo Exhibition Outside The Lines July 9th – 29th 2018

Red Hill Gallery 61 Musgrave Road, Qld 4059, Exhibition Canvas of Colour (with Nick Olsen and Loretta Blake), May 11th – 27th 2018

AVEO, Sydney and Brisbane. Two large commissioned paintings through Red Hill Gallery Corporate Art Division

ABC Television Series, popular locally filmed Harrow, starring Ioan Grufudd, premiered 9th March 2018 and now airing internationally. Three paintings procured for the set. Two sold.

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, and Bowral NSW 2576, Paintings stocked March 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, Queen St, 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, Brookfieldshow 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

 

 

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

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