I am an Australian artist with a passion for draught animals, particularly horses. I'm firmly grounded in, and passionate about agriculture, living on a cattle property in the North East Victoria. With no formal training, I have developed my style through observation and experimentation.
I've received two Australia day Awards for contribution to the arts, many awards for my art, most notably the National Equine Art Prize $8000 in 2017, First place in 2D and the Christine Drewyer Award of Distinction, WAOW 48th National Juried Exhibition, USA, 2018, Best Realism at WAOW 49th Exhibition 2019. Featured on the front cover and an article in Australian Artist Magazine, March 2019. Best of Show. WAOW, 2020, and the $10,000 John Villiers Art Prize, Winton Qld.
I have held solo and joint exhibitions annually in regional galleries across Australia. Now I manage my own gallery in the beautiful historical gold mining town of Beechworth where I conduct high energy and fun workshops both in person and online covering a range of techniques and methods of painting.
Kathy Ellem, Weathered many a summer storm 2020 | Oil on canvas, 91 x 121 cm
Finalist, 2020 Pro Hart Outback Art Prize
A subject that has been done many times, but continues to inspire. A summer evening where the atmosphere is thick with dust makes us see objects differently, it allows us to see the light as it plays between and around a life that has endured many storms, loosing parts of itself and growing in unexpected ways.
Our outback forces us to see beauty in struggle, to make marks that are unorganised, placed with energy and the intention of paying tribute to the ones who may be forgotten.
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