'Magnolias in the afternoon' is part of a series of botanical paintings completed during the Melbourne lockdown in 2021. Finding the beauty in what was at hand; some cuttings from a friends front garden placed in a simple glass jar, created a sense of respite from the reality unfolding outside. I enjoy the challenge of observing and portraying light, shadow and reflections with loose, lively brushstrokes.
Katie Banakh is a Naarm / Melbourne based fine artist. She completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Painting and Photography in 2010, and achieved First Class Honours in Photography at Deakin University in 2011. In 2012, she established and managed North Melbourne ARI, Raglan Street Gallery for an 18 month period, while also working at Deakin University as an Image Technician until 2017. In 2017, she attended Lunga School in Seydisfjordur, Iceland, which has had a lasting impact; diversifying and energising her practice. She has since exhibited and sold works throughout Australia and internationally. In 2019 she returned to tertiary study at the Northern College of the Arts and Technology to obtain a Certificate III in Visual Arts. Katie is currently focused on reflecting on the Covid-19 pandemic through observational realist oil paintings, one of which was a finalist at the Gosford Art prize in 2020, and another earned her one of the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist prizes in 2020.