Visual Artist, Curator, Art Historian
Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox, a visual artist, was born in Dalby. She attended the University of Queensland graduating with a B.A [Art History] 1980 and subsequently worked in curatorial capacities at the National Gallery of Australia 1981, and until 1995 at various S. E Queensland regional galleries. Kathryn’s current paintings, inspired by cosmology, the scientific study of the universe, re-imagine landscape, attempting to untether it from Earth-bound horizons to embrace an expansive universal environment that affords multiple perspectives of humanity and Earth. Kathryn plays with perspective, code/text, age-old symbols and landscape elements to provoke questions about the future.
Kathryn lived in Goondiwindi 1982-2000, moving to Brisbane in 2000. Whilst active in the local Goondiwindi arts scene she was keen to exhibit her work in Brisbane; not easy to do for practical and other reasons. Distance and pre-internet communication made it difficult to transport paintings, negotiate exhibition spaces and maintain profile momentum. The label ‘regional artist’ was also problematic as it seemed to imply pre-judgements about choice of genre and subject matter. However, the arrival of MOCA provided Kathryn with an opportunity to exhibit her work in Brisbane, firstly in 1989 at its ‘Young Artist Gallery’, followed in 1992 at its ‘Loading Bay’. In 1996 Franz Ehmann and Tracey Smith offered her a show at Whitebox, the precursor to Soapbox Gallery, where she subsequently exhibited in four solo and group shows from 1997 to 2000, followed by a few exhibitions in the early 2000s. In the 90s Kathryn also exhibited at McWhirter’s Artspace, in 1991 with her brother Wilfred Brimblecombe and in 1993 as a solo exhibition.
In Goondiwindi Kathryn was involved with a local artists’ collective ‘Jump Up Arts’ [Kath Leonard, Heather Price, Lesley Hawker, Jenny Jackson, Patricia Garner]. In 1994, with Arts Queensland funding, and local monetary and in-kind support, Lyndall Milani worked with the collective to create a major installation called An Unbroken Existence, subsequently shown in Goondiwindi and at Brisbane’s IMA. During the installation process a photographic component was included in Knowing the Sensorium curated by Beth Jackson and exhibited at the IMA. In 1995 ‘Jump Up Arts’ exhibited In Response at Metro Arts. This exhibition provided each artist with an opportunity to produce work that responded to the installation experience.
Since moving to Brisbane Kathryn has continued exhibiting in alternative spaces locally and in Melbourne. She has also exhibited overseas [Dubai, London, Abu Dhabi, Seoul]. She started her BLOG in 2006, regularly posting once a week. In 2014 she was invited to have her BLOG archived in perpetuity on PANDORA, Australia’s national archive for online sites of significance and ongoing research value. Kathryn is currently an M. Phil [research] student at the University of Queensland. Her research proposes an intersection between disparate areas ie: hands-on traditional painting practices and existential risk posed by emerging technologies. She is not using her own work for the thesis, but the interest in existential risk is a result of her art practice.
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Various Private Collections
2015 M. Phil [Research] candidate – University of Queensland
1978-80 Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland, Art History double major.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015 CODE Graydon Gallery, Brisbane
2014 Untethering Landscape Graydon Gallery, Brisbane
2013 Cosmic Address Graydon Gallery, Brisbane
2013 Cosmology Purgatory Artspace, Melbourne
2012 Quiver Graydon Gallery, Brisbane
2011 Paradise, Pugatory Artspace [Project space for GallerySmith], Melbourne
2010 VORTEX:Seeking Stillness At Its Core, Graydon Gallery, Brisbane
2010 Frisson Graydon Gallery, Brisbane.
2008 Myoptimism @ My House, Brisbane
2007 Prayers For The Planet: We are all the same Doggett Street Gallery, Brisbane
2006 Pulse Doggett Street Gallery, Brisbane
2005 Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation, United Arab Emirates
2004 Green Art Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2003 Cut Lines Mackay Artspace, Mackay
2003 Here Comes the Bride Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane.
2002 Distance Gallery 27, Cork St, London.
2002 Cut Lines Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane.
2000 Look and See [Hopefully] SOApBOx Gallery, Brisbane
1996 Knitting Time Whitebox Gallery, Brisbane
1993 McWhirter’s Artspace, Brisbane
1992 One Step At A Time, Loading Bay, MOCA, Brisbane
1989 MOCA Young Artists’ Gallery, Brisbane
1982-2000 various exhibitions in Goondiwindi.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2010 B Aware St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane
2007 Gallery L, Seoul, Korea
2006 A Gift Of Colour Mondo Arte Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2005 All My Friends Are Getting Married, Pine Rivers Regional Gallery
2003 Straticulation Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane
2002 Aesthetics Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane
1999 Living Here Now: Art and Politics, for Australian Perspecta, Artspace, Sydney
1999 Future Text, SOApBOX Gallery, Brisbane
1999 Cargo, SOApBOx Gallery, Brisbane
1997 Bildermacht, SOApBOx Gallery, Brisbane
1995 Response with Jump Up Arts [Goondiwindi Collective], Metro Art Gallery, Brisbane
1995 Common Ground, Bartleme Gallery, Brisbane
1994 An Unbroken Existence, Jump Up Arts [Goondiwindi Collective] installation, IMA, Brisbane & Goondiwindi
1982 – 2000 Various group exhibitions in Goondiwindi, Toowoomba and Brisbane.
07/08/10/11/12/13/14 /15 Tattersall’s Club $30,000 Landscape Art Prize – By invitation
Brisbane 2015 Finalist Moreton Bay Art Award
2014 Finalist Stanthorpe $20,000 Art Prize
2012 Finalist Mandorla Art Award, Perth
2011 Directors’ Cut Exhibition-Blake Prize-online
2006/10 Finalist Redland Art Award, Queensland
2008/10 Finalist Stanthorpe Art Prize
2009/07 Finalist Prometheus Art Award, Gold Coast
2008/09 Finalist LAUNCH: Clayton Utz Travelling Scholarship Award Brisbane
2009 Finalist Moreton Bay Art Award
2008/07/06 Finalist Outback Works on Paper Art Prize, Broken Hill
2008 Finalist Churchie Emerging Art Award, Brisbane
2006 Winner Works on Paper Award, Warwick Art Prize
2004 Finalist Albury Art Prize works on paper exhibition
2003 Finalist Conrad Jupiters Art Award, Gold Coast
1990 Winner Moree Art Prize
1990 Acquired at Heritage Arts Festival, Stanthorpe.
1988 Preselected National Women’s Art Award, Gold Coast.
1987 Winner Dalby Art Prize.
1977 Winner Queen’s Silver Jubilee Art Prize – Presented by Queen Elisabeth II
Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation, Ipswich City Art Collection, Dalby Regional Gallery, Stanthorpe Art Collection, Various Private & Corporate collections Australia, U.S.A, U.A.E, U.K, Korea.
2005 Arts Queensland Business and Audience Development Major Grant [For Dubai Show] 2004 Arts Queensland Business and Audience Development Small Grant [For Abu Dhabi Show] 2003 and 2004 Austrade Export Market Development Grants [EMDG]
2011 For Everyone: Words and Paintings Balboa Press, US ISBN 978-1-4525-3690-3
2008 Book review of Irena Sibley’s autobiography, Self Portrait of the Artist’s Wife, Australian Women’s Book Review [Winter] EMSAH, UQ http://emsah.uq.edu.au/awsr/new_site/awbr_archive/145/Fox.html 2006-present
Weekly *BLOG posts www.kathrynbrimblecombeart.blogspot.com Selected for PANDORA
1984-92 Curator of University of Southern Queensland art collection
1990 Guest curated Opening Exhibition of Dalby Regional Gallery
1986 Contract curator with Toowoomba City Art Gallery
1980 Curatorial Assistant at National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
SELECTED PRESENTATIONS, GUEST LECTURE AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
2016 Space and Popular Culture panel. University of Sth Australia & International Space University, France. In Adelaide 2014 Seeing Things: An OOO Symposium For Creative Researchers, Qld University of Technology
2012 Guest speaker The Women’s College[ University of Qld] March formal dinner.
2011 Guest speaker C.J Jung Society of Queensland August
2009 Pecha Kucha Brisbane Powerhouse December presentation
2009 Guest speaker Kings College [University of Qld] Foundation annual business breakfast.
2009 Guest presentation Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences co-hosted by QUT.
2008 Guest speaker Graduation ceremony [July] University of Queensland Faculties of Arts, & Behavioural & Social Sciences.
2008 Guest presenter Creative Conversation 3: Peaceful Space Sound Space & the Environment UQ.
2007 Presented Art+Artists+Conversations=Peace Talks? Australian Centre Peace & Conflict Studies, UQ.
2003-07 Various speaking engagements for government & non-government arts and trade organisations: Arts Queensland, DFAT 2004 Guest lecture Queensland College of Art, Brisbane