Previous Exhibition

Kate Barry —

Feb 13 – Feb 29, 2020

About the Artist      

Kate Barry is a Christchurch-born, Brisbane-based painter who has exhibited vastly across Australia and New Zealand. With a multitude of recognitions and awards in her repertoire and many commissions and exhibitions set for 2020, Kate’s first solo exhibition of the year is at Side Gallery in Red Hill, titled, SOURCE. The exhibition will showcase entirely new work, with large scale pieces which we are used to seeing in a Barry exhibition, but with an apt addition of 32 small works on board. These are primarily focussing on process, while exploring the materiality of paint, and restricting the type of gestural strokes available to a 20 x 20cm board. 

While the two aspects of the exhibition focus on scale, that is, large works and small works, the small works require a different, more introspective approach. The small works collection — while still gestural — as a whole, appears more intimate and reveals the artist’s hand in a more evident manner. The two aspects of the exhibition merit a kind of quiet reflection while we take in the subtleties and expressive qualities of mystery, sensuousness, and nostalgia.

In true Kate Barry style, the whole body of work emphasises free, spontaneous, and emotional expression with the mark-making techniques she uses and a killer colour palette that nods to her background in design.

The works in SOURCE are a reference to the source of inspiration, or the source of Kate’s emotional expression, and emphasises the unstudied and intuitive application of paint. Dynamic compositional drama, teamed with Kate’s ability to tie lyricism and beauty to gestural mark-making, consistently proves the artist’s ability to reflect, articulate, and capture an expression.

About the Artist

Kate Barry

Kate Barry is originally from Christchurch and with a degree in illustration, printing-making and graphic design, Kate enjoyed a hefty career in the book publishing industry, focusing on the design and illustration aspects of this field, before returning to full-time painting.

Immersing herself in the visceral stimulus and raw physicality of paint, Kate’s works are an intuitive disassemblage of the confines of our constant digitally stimulated lives. Painting is an almost primitive, spontaneous response to our natural surroundings and sensory internal dialogue. Works explore traces of nostalgia and the innate emotional re-engagement with the energy of nature that is all around us. Through paint on canvas, she breaks through the periphery into a raw terrain of bold brushwork and vitality of colour.  As we pass by we allow ourselves to be drawn in. 

In the last year, Kate Barry’s prolific painting practice has gone from strength to strength. Completing multiple commissions, selling work online and through retail boutiques, paintings showcased on television and interior design magazines and having multiple finalist placings in national prizes. This new exploration into process is a natural step forward for Kate to challenge the status quo of her successful painting career and develop the accompanying overarching concepts. 

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.