Born in Hong Kong in 1963, Kaye Freeman spent her childhood with her British ex-patriot parents in downtown Tokyo. At the age of 19 she moved to Australia and underwent formal training at the historic Julian Ashton Art School. Learning from an early age to challenged the general conceptions about the nature of things, Freeman has taken that a step further by unlearning her classical heritage by way of abstraction and more recently a move to the Americas for a completely fresh point of view.
Often dissecting her surroundings, the artist instead organizes visual imagery according to her materials: oil stick, enamel paint, oil paint, and graphite. Her work takes time and has begun to supersede the limited frame of traditional painting in measures of the transcendental funnel from eastern perspectives of visual art through, between and back again from western conceptions.
A decade of daily practice in the film industry in Australia, Malaysia and Japan, creating oversized backdrops proved anecdotal in her understanding that the vanishing point truly establishes itself with the viewer. In linking these lines, Freeman hones the gestural moments of her work with the Japanese Calligraphy she learnt as a young child whilst attending Japanese primary school in Tokyo. As a child Freeman found the immediacy combined with the high stylised and strict rules governing the use of the brush highly challenging and tantalising. This visual language honed in childhood carries over into her large scale canvases and kinetic nude drawings we see today. Even in the use of a graphite stick there is reference to the calligraphy brush as thickness of line describes form rather than the Western concept of using tone.
While painting directly onto canvas or paper stapled to the walls of her Los Angeles studio, Freeman has exalted the concept that her work is part of the larger environment, including the history of the image. In there here and now, we must be reminded of the conversations delivered to us by Hokusai, Sally Gabori, Cy Twombly and feed our subconscious with the vivacious colors we were meant to test.
Kaye Freeman is currently represented by House of Wren.