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Kym Barrett is an Australian contemporary abstract painter who uses oils and cold wax medium to create richly layered, luminous paintings, which are both imaginative and metaphorical.

She lives in open hilly bushland near a tranquil creek at Chatsworth in rural Queensland and this environment, its imagery and ambience, inevitably influences her work both consciously and unconsciously. 

Barrett is also deeply interested in the complex entanglement between the creative process and the spiritual path. Her long term study of contemplative wisdom traditions and practices of meditation and mindfulness inform her life and art.

'My inner life and musings are entwined with memories of external  imagery and these are expressed intuitively in the process of a painting.'

Barrett exhibits regularly in fine art galleries in Australia and her work is contained in private collections internationally and public collections within Australia.  Her work appears in the comprehensive publication,  COLD WAX MEDIUM: Techniques, Concepts and Conversations.  by Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin.

image credit: Charmaine Lyons Photography

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'I love the mystery of the's both scary and exhilarating, what might reveal itself in the process of making a painting. 

I feel most alive when I'm present to this process.'     

KYM BARRETT  November 2020

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Greenslopes Private Hospital, Brisbane                  

Sunshine Coast Regional Council Art Collection                                  

Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery Landscape Collection      

Gympie Regional Council

Moreton Bay Regional Council Art Collection

Immanuel Lutheran College, Buderim          

Assisi College, Gold Coast





New Zealand

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'At the heart of my life and my art practice is the search for deeper ways of knowing and being.'   

KYM BARRETT  July 2021

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