Kate Vella

Kate is an emerging artist based in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. Largely self taught, Kate has completed part time courses in Acrylics, Oils and other Mixed Media. Kate now predominantly works with acrylics and paints the things she knows most intimately, capturing the beauty of homegrown flowers and the bucolic landscape that surrounds her. In 2018 Kate began showing her work in Group Exhibitions. In 2019 Kate had her first solo show Antidote in Sydney which swiftly sold out, followed by a very successful second show Shadow And Life in November 2019. Kate ‘s work was selected in the Pirtek Still Life Prize Bowral 2019 and was awarded Commended in Belle Property Prize Bowral 2019. Kate is a finalist in Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize 2020.

“In my painting practice I explore with tone , form, light and shadow. My work is spontaneous and intuitive , with an emphasis in reimagining the still life genre. I am constantly inspired by florals and domestic curious objects found in the home. Depicting these interesting objects and vessels mostly found on the kitchen table , these evoke memories of gatherings with family and friends celebrating and sharing many meals together. My process involves searching antique stores , or looking for the right objects in my home, then arranging them with the correct light and surface, imbuing these homely things and flowers with a new life and identity. I work with a simplified style drawing the attention on the subject matter and the exaggerated shadows, leaving the negative space pared back , and finding an equilibrium and harmony in each story telling piece”.

SOLO EXHIBITION: September 2021

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