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Kathryn Fenton has an expressive application to her paintings, often using mixed media to create spontaneity and energy with her landscapes and figurative work. Her still lifes are often full of allegory and symbolism.
FINALIST – EMSLA National Still Life Art Prize
2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. 2019
WINNER – Sawtell Art Prize
2015 – 2019
GRAND CHAMPION AWARD – Sawtell Art Prize 2016
WINNER – Coffs Harbour Portrait Prize
I have two Art Diplomas and have been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years. My past background in filmmaking has had considerable influence over the years portraying narrative in my work, particularly in my still life reflecting contemporary society. I am often motivated to experiment with various mediums to form textural layers of underlying images that create subtext.
A lot of my landscape work is allegorical and I am particularly like to represent the ethereal light that comes with the dawn and upon dusk and big sweeping skies and horizons in general. They set the stage for the drama and backdrops for my figures woven into the landscape in an abstracted form.
I love the viewer to be left with questions or a takeaway story to ponder. Saying this, I spend many hours doing research before I do preliminary sketches. It may be an idea from a piece of poetry, mythology or ancient history, or from my own photography. In recent years I have been preoccupied with 17th and 18th European painting, particularly the Baroque, Neoclassical and Rococo eras.
I have been fortunate to have been selected as a finalist in the National Still Life Art Prize for the past 6 years as well as winning portrait and landscape awards in Coffs Harbour and Sawtell Art Prizes over the past 12 years.