Katherine Boland was born in the United Kingdom and immigrated to Australia in 1961 where she grew up on the Gippsland Lakes in rural Victoria. She has been a professional artist since 2001 during which time she has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and overseas. Katherine has been the recipient of numerous art prizes and grants including the prestigious Heysen Art Prize for Interpretation of Place in 2009. Her work is included in corporate, public and private collections in Australia, Europe, Asia and the USA. In 2016, Katherine was awarded an Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Arts in Counselling and published her memoir, Hippy Days, Arabian Nights in 2017.
In 2010 Katherine was awarded an Artist-In-Residence scholarship by the Art Students League of New York and that year she undertook a two-month residency in the south of France. She was invited by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture to attend an International Artist’s Symposium in Luxor, Egypt in November 2010 and in September 2011 she exhibited at The University of La Verne in Los Angeles.
For over two decades Katherine lived on the eastern seaboard of Australia and has a long association with fire, timber and the landscape. Working across the disciplines of painting, sculpture and photography she seeks to distil classical interpretations of the beauty of the natural world in an organic, abstract space incorporating non-traditional media and processes. Katherine employs black Japan, enamel, acrylic, wood stains, liming solution, oil, encaustic and most significantly fire on timber panels and beams. The use of timber is purposeful, allowing her to deeply burn, inscribe, scrape back and expose hidden layers. She creates textures and surfaces and uses precisely placed planes or panels of colour to build up works that have exquisite compositional balance. Katherine’s art work is imbued with a frenetic energy, yet that energy is filtered and tempered through the artist’s highly developed and refined understanding of her own graphic language. Subjective and emotive landscapes frequently involve juxtaposing areas of black and stark white against subtle layers of translucent tone and are undoubtedly influenced by watching as a child, her father, a professional photographer, develop black and white photographs in his darkroom. She only recently discovered that her great grandfather and his father before him were head engravers for the London Illustrated News where, prior to the advent of photo journalism, they engraved wood blocks used to print the newspaper’s illustrations.
Katherine is a qualified fine art practitioner of high standing who has a life-long commitment to creating and exhibiting innovative contemporary art. With a consistently high degree of technical proficiency her resolved but continually evolving thematic considerations and her passionate research of materials, techniques and subject exploration are given intelligent and insightful interpretation.
Book is available at Soho Galleries and Dymocks Sydney Bookstore - Exhibition price catalogue on application
Link- Katherine Boland Art and Book Launch
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