Audrey Kearns

Bio

Kearns is an emerging artist living in Kew, Victoria. She is equally interested in exploring colour and shape via abstract expressionist works in acrylics and oils on canvas and the more recognisable forms of still life, such as botanical landscapes. fruit bowls and elusive female figures. She is also currently studying to complete her Masters Degree at The University of Melbourne.

Kearns grew up in North Carlton, with sojourns in Darwin, Brisbane and Echuca, and recently moved from the outskirts of south-eastern Melbourne where the suburbs meet the bush. Kearns' external surroundings from childhood until now have informed her artistic practice significantly. Most of Kearns' work carries memories from across various landscapes.

Kearns is especially inspired by Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera and Ukrainian-American artist Janet Sobel. Among Australian artists, she particularly admires Margaret Preston and has had an affinity since childhood for both Vincent van Gogh and Henri Matisse and their dedicated quest for expression through colour and form.

Between 2016 and 2018, Kearns undertook two joint painting exhibitions and a sculpture series at Gallery Voltaire in North Melbourne, followed by the exhibition Still with established Melbourne artist Pacquita Maher at The Journal on Flinders Lane, Melbourne. She undertook her first solo exhibition An Ode to Spring at Marios Cafe on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, in August last year. A selection of her works were also exhibited in the VicArts funded female group exhibition Jiyan as part of the 2019 Melbourne Fringe Festival

Over recent years Kearns has also expanded her artistic skills to other mediums such as textiles and ceramics to more intricately explore the functionality of art and how it fills spaces in everyday life.

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