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
'I love the mystery of the unknown...it'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
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