Kym Mullen

Black Rock and Pandanus, 2021

30 × 42 cm
Minjerribah an island in Moreton Bay otherwise known as North Stradbroke Island is on lands of the Quandamooka people.It is a place of seemingly endless stretches of open beach lined with tall sculptural tea tree forests and rocky gorges with ever changing seas. I paint this landscape more than any other and usually find myself drawn to painting it’s forests, with this work I wanted to capture the beautiful sculptural rocky headland and the sharply contrasting forms of rock and sand dunes .
Living in Brisbane, Australia I paint landscapes. They are usually places that I have visited many times each time finding something new. I am hoping to convey my emotional reaction to these landscapes and my desire to see them protected and cherished. The beginnings of my art practice was in metalsmithing but since 2017 I have been exploring paint. I work in both water based mediums and oil with a focus on mark making and expressive brushstrokes as I attempt to communicate the feeling of being in that place. Working from en plein air sketches my first works are more literal representations but become less so as my physical distance from the landscape increases and the works become more about memory of place

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