Kate Shaw


Sullivan + Strumpf Fine Art presents Kate Shaw in “Redux”, opening on April 15th in Sydney. Shaw paints landscapes that waver between pictorial illusion and complete abstraction and evoke images of the alpine wilderness and tropical jungles. The bottom half of her compositions is devoted to watery reflections, displaying a distinct Rorschach effect. She uses a cool pastel palette which varies between gentle washes of color and areas of dramatic saturation to create beautiful yet foreboding environments, inevitably awakening our own environmental consciouses and fears of global warming. Her landscapes are uninhabited, representing a time when nature has regained her control over mankind and lending a sense of apocalyptic immediacy. The artist describes her paintings as “disaster scenarios kind of…but only a disaster for humanity..”.

Shaw graduated from RMIT University in Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts and then completed a Diploma of Museum Studies at Deakin University in 1997. She has exhibited in Australia and internationally, at Luxe Gallery in New York and at the Glendale College Art Gallery in Los Angeles. She had a solo exhibition at SSFA in 2007 and recently finished a studio residency in Brooklyn, New York.

“Redux” will be at Sullivan + Strumpf Fine Art until May 4th.