Kate Shaw
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Kate Shaw
Dame Joan Sutherland Fund recipient, Visual Artist
Origin: Australia
Currently based: Brooklyn, NY

Kate Shaw was born in Sydney and is based in New York. So far this year, Shaw has had a successful showing at ART 14, London and a sold-out solo exhibition at the Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong.  This has led to number of commissions throughout Asia with the Shangri-La Hotel Group.  She is currently working with Urban Art Projects on 3 large-scale murals for the Macquarie Centre, Sydney, and part of the Westfield Group.  She recently collaborated with Urban Outfitters on a range of prints and home-wares that have just been launched in store and online. Currently her work is touring to museums throughout Asia as part the Asialink curated exhibition Vertigo including MOCA Taipei and POSCO Seoul.   From September through December, the Australia Council for the Arts will on residency at Point B, New York, support Shaw.  This year she will be featured in the ABCTV documentary, Conquest of Space and Index Book, Spain, has just published her work in Spectrum.

Kate Shaw’s practice has taken her to Central Australia, The Kimberley, Arnhem Land, and South West of the United States, Iceland, Hong Kong and China. She has held solo exhibitions in Australia, New York and Hong Kong, and group exhibitions in Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Paris, Reykjavik, Auckland, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.  In Australia she has exhibited at the UQ Museum, Macquarie University Museum, Art Gallery of NSW, Maitland Gallery, Rockhampton Art Gallery, Gertrude Contemporary, Gipplsand Art Gallery, Bendigo Art Gallery and 24hrArtSpace.

Kate has received several grants from Arts Victoria and the Australia Council and undertaken residencies at 24hrArtspace, Darwin, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Point B, New York, Flux Factory, New York and SIM, Reykjavik, Iceland. She has been a finalist in numerous art prizes including: The Redlands Prize 92014); The Arthur Guy Prize (2013); The Gold Award (2012), John Fries Memorial Prize (2012); John Leslie Memorial Prize (2012, 2003); Wynne Prize (2014, 2012, 2011, 2010); Substation Contemporary Art Prize (2012), Royal Bank of Scotland Art Award (2010); ABM AMRO Emerging Art Award (2007, 2006) and winner, Artists Wanted, painting category, Scope, New York (2012).

Kate’s work is in the collections of the University of Queensland Museum, Macquarie Bank, Westpac Bank, RACV, Royal Sydney Golf Club, Museum of Brisbane and Artbank, and she has received commissions from Urban Art Projects and Museum of Brisbane.  Recently her work was included in ‘Landscape and its Psyche’ published by University of NSW, 2013.

Kate Shaw holds a BA Honors from RMIT University (1994) and a Diploma of Museum Studies from Deakin University (1997). She is represented by Fehily Contemporary (Melbourne), Sullivan and Strumpf Fine Art (Sydney), Ryan Renshaw Gallery (Brisbane), and Stephan Stoyanov Gallery (New York).  

Who are you as an artist?
I am Australian born, residing in the US on an O1 Visa.  My practice encompasses painting, video and wall works.  It explores humanity's fraught relationship with the natural world.  One that is both intrinsically connected and increasingly disconnected. I am interested in the tension this produces and particularly its translation into the vocabulary of painting. 
What prompted you to come to the US?
New York is most artist's fantasy; the history, mythology, museums, galleries, eccentric characters and real energy behind 'dreams do come true'.
What did your course/project involve?
I did month long residency at Point B Worklodge.  During this time I met with curators, collectors, consultants and art writers exploring different avenues and possibilities for my practice.  I also collaborated on a couple of works with artists and held an open studio.

What were the highlights of your experience?
Introducing new people to my work is always exciting - getting their feedback and gauging their reaction.  Highlights are always the amazing museum shows, particularly the New Museum, and catching a cab across the Williamsburg bridge at night and looking Manhattan's skyline.
Where did you find inspiration? 
I find inspiration in nature and museums. 
What will you take away from this experience?
As well as just being absorbed in the amazing cultural environment of New York, I am hoping to make connections that will enrich and inspire my practice and extend its reach to new audiences.
What is your favorite piece of work that resulted from this experience?
I worked with Santina Amato on a video piece that then became the work Fjall.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on exhibitions for Melbourne, Brisbane and London.  As well as commission for New York and a new range or prints, and a duvet cover (!) for Urban Outfitters
What is your vision for the future?
That one day humanity will have to move to Mars.....  Seriously though, for myself, I would like to explore more of this amazing planet and create works that both inspire an appreciation of and further contemplation of how intrinsically linked we are to nature.
What advice would you give other artists aspiring to come to the US?
Get involved.  Become an intern or volunteer at a studio or arts organisation, its a great way to meet people, and despite popular belief, New Yorkers are very helpful!
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