Kaye Freeman

 

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 movement 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 highly stylised and strict rules governing the use of the calligraphy brush (Fude) 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.

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CURRICULUM VITAE

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018 Prolepsis of the Archetype, House of Wren, Artsy.net

2016 Art In The Sky, Ritz Carlton, Los Angeles, USA
2012 Floating Worlds, Wangaratta Gallery, AUS

         Fluids 液体, Gasworks, Melbourne, AUS

2011  Kingdom, Gallery 775, AUS

         Floating Worlds, Frankston Arts Centre, AUS

2009 Falling Sky, Walker St. Gallery, Melbourne, AUS

          Falling Sky, Wodonga Art Space, AUS

          Art At Work, Wodonga Council Chambers, AUS
2002 Tokyo Disney Death Mask, TAP Gallery, Sydney, AUS

2001 Kaye Freeman, TAP Gallery, Sydney, AUS
1996 The Tribe, ARDT Gallery Sydney, AUS

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 LA Art Show, BG Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
         Art Palm Springs, Cassera Arts Premiers, Palm Springs, USA

2017 New Anatomy, House of Wren, Castelli Art Space, Los Angeles, USA

         Art Palm Springs, Cassera Arts Premiers, Palm Springs, USA

2016 Rogue, House of Wren, Los Angeles, USA

         BG Gallery, Santa Monica, USA

2015 At_Salon2, Anita Traverso Gallery, Melbourne, AUS

        Words that Matter, Wangaratta Regional Art Gallery, AUS

2014 Venice Art Walk, Los Angeles, USA

2013 “the rest is silence,” Death Be Kind, Melbourne, AUS

2011 Gallery 775, AUS

        9x5 Show, Walker St. Gallery, Melbourne, AUS

2010 Gallery 775, AUS

         9x5 Show, Walker St. Gallery, Melbourne, AUS

         Red Box Charity Auction, Melbourne, AUS

2009 Art@Work, City of Wodonga, AUS

          Small Works, Brunswick St. Gallery, Melbourne, AUS

          9x5 Show, Walker St. Gallery, Melbourne, AUS
2008 Charity Auction for Refugees, Beechworth, Victoria, AUS

2007 9x5 Show, Walker St. Gallery, Melbourne, AUS

2006 Albury Regional Art Gallery, AUS

         9x5 Show, Walker St. Gallery, Melbourne, AUS

         Fresh & Unframed, Yackandandah Gallery, Victoria, AUS

2002 Two Woman Show, TAP Gallery, Sydney, AUS

          Fluro Show, TAP Gallery, Sydney, AUS

2001 Buiten, Chiba Municipal Gallery, Japan

1997 Manly Art Gallery, Sydney, AUS 1996 Leichardt Gallery, Sydney, AUS

        Tamworth Art Gallery, AUS
1995 Four Women, ARDT Gallery, Sydney, AUS

        Temple of The Third Millennium, Urban Gallery, Sydney, AUS

        Christmas Show, ARDT Sydney Elemental

JURIED EXHIBITIONS

2017 PAPER perVIEW, Brand Library & Art Center, Glendale, USA

2012 Mount Eyer Art Prize, David Rex Livingston Gallery, Sydney, AUS

         Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize, Sydney, AUS
2011 She Prize, Walker Street Gallery, Melbourne, AUS

Mount Eyer Art Prize, David Rex Livingston Gallery, Sydney, AUS

2010 Winner, She Prize, Walker Street Gallery, Melbourne, AUS

Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Ballarat Art Gallery, AUS
Mount Eyer Art Prize, David Rex Livingston Gallery, Sydney, AUS Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize, Melbourne, AUS
St. Michael’s Archangel Prize, Melbourne, AUS
Works On Paper, Brunswick St. Gallery, Melbourne, AUS

2007 She Prize, Walker Street Gallery, Melbourne, AUS
2006 She Prize, Walker Street Gallery, Melbourne, AUS
1996 Winner, Chroma Art Award For Outstanding Student Work, NSW, AUS
1991 Winner, John Olsen Scholarship, Julian Ashton, Sydney, AUS
1988 Winner, Best Female Performer, Festival of New Australian Theatre, Sydney, AUS

PUBLICATION/PRESS

2018 Voyage LA Magazine North American Review

2017 “About A Girl” By Natasha Dennerstein (Book Cover Art) Creative Boom Magazine

Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art

Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam

2015 Australian Ceramics Magazine
ABC Radio Interview Words That Matter

2014 Fourteen Hills SF University Press http://14hills.net/content/volume-211-2015 Critical Essays regarding works from the Collaboration with Natasha Dennerstein by Chelsea Maradiega, Natasha Tansey, Jan-Henry Gray and Ryan Nash

2012 Wangaratta Chronicle “Artistic Journey Through Dementia” 2011 Adelaide Perry Catalogue & Website

Frankston Art Centre Catalogue

Art Almanac
2010 Substation Contemporary Art Prize Catalogue 2000 Ohara Art Buiten Catalogue Japan

 

TEACHING & ARTIST TALKS

2015 Guest Lecturer, Saddleback College, CA, USA Guest Lecturer, National Arts School, Sydney, AUS

2014 Guest Lecturer, Saddleback College, CA, USA
Opening Speech and Guest Adjudicator, Wangaratta Jazz Festival Art Competition, AUS

2013 Opening Speech, Wangaratta TAFE Exhibition at Wangaratta Art Gallery, AUS
2012 Artist in Residence Talk, Wangaratta Art Gallery, AUS
2011 Artist in Residence Talk, Wodonga Art Gallery, AUS
2007-13 Art and Japanese Teacher, Wangaratta High School Victoria Education, AUS 1983-89 Contemporary & Classical Dance Instructor, Aboriginal Dance Theatre Redfern AUS

EDUCATION

2008 Diploma of Education, Victoria University, Fine Art and Japanese, AUS
2006 Monash University, Japanese Linguistic Equivalency Examination, High Distinction, AUS 1993-96 Tamworth TAFE, Painting & Printmaking, AUS
1990-92 Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney, AUS