A new collection of works by Hong Kong born artist Kate Beynon are currently on show at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Demonstrating influences from a range of art forms including calligraphy, graffiti and textiles, the series reflects a variety of multicultural stimuli in order to create the artist’s interpretation of today’s global citizen. Oriental inspired imagery is a prominent feature of the artist’s work, while the merging of Western attributes reflects the artists own dual heritage of being born to a Chinese mother and Welsh father. Her work is bold and ornate, often consisting of both acrylic paint and aerosol enamel, on either canvas or linen, adorned with clusters of Swarovski crystals.
Beynon immigrated to Australia as a child where she later studied at various universities including The University of Melbourne, Prahran College and The Victorian College of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited on both a local and international scale at institutions including The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Bendigo Art Gallery, Netherlands Media Art Institute and Stills Gallery, Edinburgh. She has received various awards and grants for her art practice including The 1995 George Award at Melbourne Fringe Festival, the 1999 Arts Victoria Women’s Artist Award and a 2004 Professional Development Grant from the Visual Arts/Craft Board of the Australian Council for residency in Harlem, New York.