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Kay Cornell is a Sydney based artist and has been painting and drawing since the 1960’s. In her earlier years as an artist, she lived and worked in London and Paris, which was inspiration for many of her later works.

Kay launched her career as an exhibiting artist in 1999. In the following year she was awarded Second Place for Marine Seascapes at Sydney’s Royal Easter Show and her work has been hung at numerous galleries and exhibitions in Australia. In 2003, Kay had her solo exhibition; “La Serenissima” at the Valerie Cohen Gallery, Sydney. Her collective portrayal of Venetian seascapes was received with acclaim for its poetic heart and soulful nature. Kay is a member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists.

Kay travels overseas frequently for creative inspiration. She has sold works in Belgium, U.S.A., UK, Scotland and Australia. A highlight in the artist’s career was a commission in 2007 for the foyer of the legendary Chelsea Hotel, New York.

Kay has studied with various professional artists. Judy-Anne Everingham, Nancy Curtis, Tony Shelbeck, Frank Giacco (Winner of Archibald Prize in 1994), Keith Dewell, Murray Bird, Matthew Taylor and Sam Wade (all winners of the Bale Travelling Scholarship), Ross Harvey, Richard Porter, Ron Stannard, Graeme Inson, John Wilson (Landscape) and Paul Newton (Finalist and People Choice Archibald Prize). She has studied at Julian Ashton Art School and the Charlie Sheard Studio School, which covers all aspects of historical oil painting techniques. Her studies include:- Anatomy, Cast Drawing, Life Drawing, Landscape and Still Life in the mediums of pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, oil and watercolour.

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Kay has been featured in:
Australian Artist Magazine 2004, 2005, 2010, 2012
International Artist 2005.