Previous Exhibition

Kitty Horton —
Umbra

Mar 22 – Apr 12, 2019

About the Artist      

Umbra’, a term for the fully shaded inner region of a shadow, is the title of Kitty Horton’s upcoming solo exhibition. Beautifully, the title captures the duality of using malleable, build-able oil pastels and paints, teamed with the impermanence and dusty quality of mark making with charcoal. Kitty’s works consistently explore materiality, while positioning social and culturally significant motifs, representative of a personal narrative. Umbra continues with Kitty’s lines of investigation, using distorted shapes, forms, and motifs, to work with the duality of light and dark, heaviness and weightlessness, design and experimentation.

About the Artist

Kitty Horton

Brisbane based artist, Kitty Horton completed her Bachelor of Fine Art at Queensland College of Art. She has exhibited solo shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, along with group shows nationally throughout Australia and in Miami, Florida. Kitty's artworks are represented in private collections in Australia, New Zealand and France.

My artworks explore the materiality of a combination of oils, mixed media and drawing. As I am inspired by the American Minimalists, I investigate my daily surroundings through creating distorted shapes, forms and motifs. Mark making and the serendipitous accident extend the relationship between painting and drawing. I have recently engaged with spatial configurations within the landscape to provide compositional structures. Through drawing and painting, the juxtaposition of mediums enables me to express the atmosphere of experiencing the landscape. I initiate my artworks through the use of charcoal and further resolve my artworks with oil paint on board. As I resolve my artworks they are further pared back to a limited palette.

About the Curator

Laura Brinin

Laura Brinin is a Brisbane-based curator of contemporary art. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) in 2012 and continued her visual art practice overseas in 2013 in Canada with a Visual Art residency. Upon returning home, Laura has since pursued a determined curatorial practice as noted through five years’ professional practice with the Creative Industries Precinct exhibitions and public programs office, and a practice-led curatorial development internship through Queensland University of Technology. In 2014 Laura assisted in the facilitation of multiple new media exhibitions including ANtIMATION and The New Aesthetic? at The Block. 

Laura has exhibited her own work both in Australia and overseas as well as working as an independent freelance curator across Brisbane. This primarily focussed on engagement and activation of public spaces, including running bi-monthly exhibitions at The Menagerie, and public programs such as the Papergirl Brisbane project. Laura also worked with Brisbane City Council, QUT and Brisbane Street Art Festival to produce ReForm at Kelvin Grove’s ex-military base upon Gona Parade and Parer Place.