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ONWARDS & UPWARDS

Updated: Oct 21


This body of work was created for a solo exhibition titled "Onwards & Upwards" at The Third Quarter Gallery, in Paddington Brisbane QLD in 2019. These paintings aim to approach the concept of landscape painting less as a mapping of terrain, more so a relationship with the visual forms in our surroundings as we move through them.


"Gum", Acrylic on canvas, 91 x 61cm


Visual references are made to the Great Dividing range where the artist lives and elements of the human form taken from almost two decades of life drawing studies and self portraiture. The result is a combination of fluid organic shapes informed by the intermingling limbs of gum trees and limbs, hands, shape of the human form.


"Littabella", Acrylic on Canvas, 51 x 76cm


The intention of these works is not to directly resemble its source material but rather evoke a sense of remembrance from the audience. To develop connection through a shared visual language; “I have seen that before, I have felt that before.”


"Bliss", Acrylic on Canvas, 61 x 92cm



Abstraction prescribes familiarity of not only a memory but an emotional impression of a past experience.


Artists operate in this invisible language of emotion by creating visual remembrance on their own terms.


Considering that we perceive the world as built from everything we have seen before; Painting creates a new dialogue, acting as a means of sharing this internal world, retrieving pieces from the artist's own visual history.



"Same", Acrylic on canvas, 61 x 51cm, Sold

"Swim in Silence", Acrylic on canvas, 76 x 101cm, Currently on loan


Painted in 2019, this collection of original artworks are acrylic on stretched premium canvas, with Tasmanian Oak edges. Each painting is glazed in a matte finish to reduce the reflection of excess light, so that colours remain true and vibrant. All pieces are ready to hang and available for purchase or loan unless stated sold.


"Remembrance Embrace", Acrylic on canvas, 76 x 102 cm


"Involuntary", Acrylic on canvas, 91 x 122cm


All efforts have been made to keep the colours of the works true to life, due to the nature of photography some colours may appear different on digital displays. Please take note of the size description on each piece to get a clear indication of their scale.


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© Katie Whyte 2020. Visual Artist. Mural Painter.  Arts Consultant. Toowoomba and surrounding region, South West Queensland Australia. 

I acknowledge and pay respect to the Giabal and Jarowair peoples, the traditional custodians of the land on which I live and create.