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Featuring the captivating artwork of Kate Gagliardi
Today is a new exhibition showing at Off the Kerb Gallery featuring the captivating artwork of Kate Gagliardi. In this body of work, the artist explores the possibilities of a pared back selection of materials within the one format and creating texture and tone through layers and mark making.
Discover the art of Kate Gagliardi such as this piece titled How About Now
Kate Gagliardi is an artist and freelance illustrator, living and working in Melbourne. She has had a love of drawing since she was a child growing up in Adelaide, and later went on to study art at the University of South Australia. For the past decade, she has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions, as well as working as a freelance illustrator and as a street artist, with numerous commissioned murals in Adelaide featuring on her CV.
Inspired by the human figure, Kate creates mixed media works which offer a dynamic and contemporary twist to figuration. Describing her art Kate explains further, "My work often sits in series, exploring the possibilities of a curated selection of materials within the one format. I have always tried to work in ways that feel natural, letting the development of each body of work guide me into the next. My distinct style has evolved over the past decade from detailed, stylised painting to more intimate and complex illustrative works."
In her current series of work, she has been using materials such as watercolour, ink, graphite and pencil, and has focused on maintaining a stripped back, primarily monochromatic, palette. It is interesting to learn that with these works the artist aims to explore texture and tone through layers and mark making.
Kate transforms her work from sketchbook to watercolour painting
The Today Exhibition will consist of 12 pieces which have evolved from the artist's recent sketchbook studies. Within the intimate space of the sketchbook pages, these studies have moved away from accuracy in favour of intuitive scribble, and the artist has embraced the spontaneity of mark making and the play that often occurs there.
The sketchbook studies have in turn inspired a new series of work where Kate seeks to translate this layered, mark making monologue onto larger scale works, while still preserving the instinctual and loose aesthetic. Kate explains her process further, "I predominately draw from reference photographs but will later layer over these formal elements as it allows me to bend the rules and pull away from literal context. These portraits begin to speak of the figures internal monologues; exterior expressions of their interior implosions."