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Exhibitions and other Paraphernalia

Read on to see the latest details about upcoming exhibitions and events. Check back regularly for updates.

UNKNOWN DESTINATIONS
CA GALLERY MAY 16 - JUNE 11 2022

March 2022

'A beginning is very innocent.  It is a setting of something in motion, the destination of which remains a secret to all except itself.’   
(John O’Donohue)
This is as much a metaphor for life as it is for a painting. Life is always radically uncertain and especially so, during the past couple of Covid years.
My art practice has become a spiritual practice – the focused process of making paintings is a long slow path to becoming my true self. It is a teacher.  Learning to trust, surrender control, and be comfortable with uncertainty. Allowing things to unfold.  Listening, following and acting from my deepest self.
This new series of work reflects the mysterious process of its becoming.  Embracing the unexpected, letting go of preciousness and arriving at something that could never have been planned.
The work is always tethered to the visible landscape. My only intention at the beginning is to hold in harmony and balance, the tension of opposites.

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ARTIST PROFILE ESSAY BY KEVIN WILSON

March 18, 2022

Kevin Wilson wrote an essay, TETHERED TO THE VISIBLE, about my work, me and my process.  Issue #58 Page 146

Many Thanks to Flying Arts Alliance, Kevin Wilson and Charmaine Lyons Photography.

'There is an urgency now in post-family life to focus all her painterly attention on exploring the complexity of the relationship between mind and matter, between self and nature, to find wisdom, spirituality, an inner aliveness and being in the present.'

Kevin Wilson is a socially engaged art-in-nature practice PhD candidate living and working on Gubbi Gubbi land.

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CATALOGUE ESSAY
BY LOUISE MARTIN-CHEW

December 20, 2021

As part of my QRAA prize, Arts writer Louise Martin-Chew, wrote an essay about my winning painting GATEWAY which appears in the Catalogue for the touring show, PAINT THE TOWN.

'Each layer requires drying time, allowing Barrett to work on a few paintings at once, seeking out the balance between structure and freedom, "a tightwalk rope" tethered obliquely to a visible landscape, but also an internal state.'

Louise Martin-Chew is a freelance writer who writes regularly for Art Collector, Art Monthly, Artist Profile, Art Guide Australia, VAULT.

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ARTIST TALK AT GLADSTONE REGIONAL GALLERY

December 5, 2021

In conjunction with my win at MARTIN HANSON MEMORIAL ART AWARDS in October, I gave an ARTIST TALK at Gladstone Regional Gallery on December 8 at 6pm.  I talked about my life, my process and evolution as a painter and answered questions from the public.  I'm always happy to share anything that I have gathered along the way!

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MEMBERS' EXHIBITION AT NEW CONTEMPORARY GALLERY

December 5, 2021

Members of Creative Arts Gympie Region are now showing a diverse range of artwork at the new ALLUVIAL CONTEMPORARY GALLERY in Gympie, on until January 16, 2022. 
My STILL PLACE, REFUGE and UNDERSTORY works are sitting beautifully together in this amazing space!

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MARTIN HANSON MEMORIAL ART AWARDS 2021

October 15, 2021

I am honoured to have won the PAINTING PRIZE at the Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards in October 2021.

My painting, HOME, IN A NEW RHYTHM caught the judge Tracy Cooper-Lavery's eye. 


She said, "This work explores and continues the great tradition of Abstract Expressionism in landscape painting.  It evokes a commanding use of colour and line and is a really pleasing composition.."

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FLYING ARTS QUEENSLAND REGIONAL ARTS AWARD 2021

October, 2021

My painting, GATEWAY, was selected from other Queensland regional artists' work, as the winner of the ART FOR LIFE Award and the SPOTLIGHT Award 2021. The judges wrote: 

"...Kym has captured a balance between softness and tranquillity with the vibrancy of being surrounded by the energy of living things.

This work has a wonderful surface that displays purposeful integration of composition and mark making. 

The artist demonstrates that they are an expert in the colour palette and mastering the medium of wax, which is applied in a gestural and intuitive manner.

...Overall, we are honoured to award this impressive work.”

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DUETS: COLLABORATIONS IN CREATIVITY
MARCH - NOVEMBER 2021

January 28,  2021

The ‘Duets: collaborations in creativity’ initiative was established by Creative Arts Gympie Region Inc with funding from Arts Queensland’s Creative To Go program. The aim was to provide paid opportunities for artists and creatives of the Gympie region, as per the intent of the funding, and also to stretch, inspire and connect artists in our region – learning from each other to create new work.

I was paired with Susan Lynch, a ceramicist working in earthenware. We  created a 5m installation of painted clay wall tiles, along with over 50 painted clay pendants (Earth Tokens) which was displayed at Gympie Regional Gallery in November, 2021

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 MARY VALLEY ALIVE!  PROJECT

APRIL - JULY 2021

May 3, 2021

This is one of the 20 plinths painted by local artists for a collaborative exhibition!

The exhibition formed part of Mary Valley Art Festival celebrating 20 years of showcasing the art in the Mary Valley.  The exhibition will be unveiled on the opening night of the festival on Friday 23rd July, 2021. 

AMAMA    oils and cold wax medium

I have wandered many times through the Amama Rainforest, Amamoor.   Just being there and paying attention allows me the space to relax, to open interiorly and to gather together my fragmented self.

There’s a quiet but keenly alive presence, the light peeping through the shadowy forest.  The soft, rich earthy aromas seep into my body. And breathing spaces allow me to listen inwardly.

I’m drawn to the textures, the muted colours and patterns of the trees. AMAMA aims to evoke the sensations of BEING in the natural forest, using my abstract language drawn from this external imagery and my own experiences of the place.

I hope you might be enticed to also wander in the depths of Amama Forest. It can teach us how to be in a world of ‘busyness’.  As in any place of natural beauty, slowness and stillness gradually take us over, our breathing deepens, our hard edges soften and our difficulties subside for a time. And perhaps new perspectives may arise.

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ARTIST PROFILE 
SALT MAGAZINE AUTUMN 2021

March 2021

SALT MAGAZINE, Noosa featured my arts practice in their  Autumn 2021 edition.  Read about my process, my passion, my paintings and 'what lies beneath.'

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NEW WORKS EXHIBITION
20 MARCH - 24 APRIL 2021
COOL ART GALLERY, COOLUM BEACH

February 22, 2021

During 2020, the Covid 19 isolation year, I relished the quiet time spent beside our creek in the bush, drawing with quick gestural juicy marks, then later tearing and reconstructing these drawings as collage, to create new abstract landscape works.  The process was so satisfying and the work seemed filled with life.

This led to the urge to allow the raw, bold, untidy and risky marks to be on the surface of my oil and cold wax paintings rather than covered up, as in my earlier paintings.  I love the immediacy of direct mark-making and the fresh energy it evokes, so why did I want to tame it?

It seems to me that I’m learning to allow my vulnerabilities and my contradictions, in some way, to be exposed through my work. I want the new paintings to have a vitality – not a wild, chaotic energy but an inner life force, a bit like a single green shoot emerging from the ground, embodying so much potential.  But I also want a firm scaffolding and a sense of depth and mystery underpinning that immediacy.  It’s one of those both/and situations.

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SLOW TIME 

EXHIBITION 14 MARCH 2020

FISH LANE STUDIOS

January 11, 2021

The exhibition opened on Friday March 14, 2020 in Brisbane. Covid 19 had just bared its teeth and the usually bustling West End was bereft of people.  A handful of faithfuls showed up and we had a good night, albeit socially distanced.  Then Fish Lane Studios, like everyone else had to lock down, and slow down.

Ironically, the SLOW TIME exhibition spoke to this eventuality. It was a series of quiet introspective paintings that I had made in the months prior to Covid, addressing my perceived need to slow down, be still and create more space in my life.

And to be aware of the seduction of distractions, 'busyness' and filling the spaces.

For me, the exhibition was a timely reminder. Covid 19 provided the opportunity of solitude, space and silence to regenerate and turn inward.

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