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Kathleen Rhee


Artist for ‘The Block Shop’ 2019
Full-time Contemporary Artist
Lover of Light Form Colour & Texture
Deeply influenced by Mother Earths Teasures

Artworks: 74

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About Kathleen Rhee

Art comes naturally to me, it was always in my being. I don’t know how I could do anything else even if I tried. My earliest memory as an artist is when I was 4 years old. I was trying to draw my house and garden but didn’t understand how to draw the sky when it’s all around us. At 15, we were painting large canvases in art class and I decided I wanted to be a painter, just like Picasso, Monet, or Matisse!

I am inspired by everything around me, nature is a constant inspiration in my work. When I am painting, I let the intuitive process take over. I paint on canvas with acrylic paint and water. My process is a combination of colour staining, sketching, painting with a with a brush and then applying water to soften, blend, layer and splatter. Sometimes it happens immediately, or sometimes it takes a few layers before I feel the work is done. I like both results, a one layer process has a very crisp special quality but the layered work has texture, a feel of age and history.

Painting is definitely expressing my true nature. I have always been obsessed with colour, that is something very important in my life. I feel colour, it is always telling me a story and influencing my mood. I have a deep connection to nature, it brings me peace and tranquillity and that drives me to bring it into our everyday lives inside. The world can be a hard, stressful place and our surroundings can make a difference. We spend so much time indoors I believe having art we love to look at everyday, can make a big difference, influencing our mood, making us happier and calmer.

Brisbane Institute of Art
1990 – 1992  Art History and Drawing 
Parsons School of Design New York 

1995 – 1998 Graphic Design & Advertising
Australian National University School of Art
2003 – 2005  Observation & Expression in Drawing, Portrait & Figure Painting
Initiatic Art Therapy School Melbourne
2007 – 2009 Certificate Initiatic Art Therapy
MARI Mandala, Seattle USA

2011  Art Therapy Model: Mandala Assessment Research Instrument Certification Levels 1&2

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