Previous Exhibition

Kitty Horton —
Still Line

Sep 30 – Oct 8, 2021

About the Artist      

In a shift from the artist’s usual representational work, Kitty Horton presents new abstracted work in Still Line. Exploring painterly qualities and process-based colour application, Horton focused on eliminating recurring motifs and instead allowed the playful, imperfect satisfaction of working with materials to form the basis for these works. The lines that dominate the pieces are the new motif, used as a form of gestural mark-making that is imperfect and unmeasured.

The use of colour outside of the previous monochromatic and muted palette of Horton’s previous work is a new development, also. In Still Line, we see the use of neons alongside a new (albeit subdued) palette of pinks, greens, browns and blues. Horton states that these new works acted as a meditative performance removed from the purpose and content, abstract and playful in its creation.  

Laura Brinin,Curator

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.