The pic above is of artist Kate Gorman with her friend fashion icon, Nicholas Huxley. Both Kate and Nicholas were former Fashion Design students at East Sydney TAFE in 1974. Kate continued to pursue her love of colour and abstraction while Nicholas Huxley became the driving force in shaping the collage artform into what it is today.
Nominated for the prestigious Fashion Laureate Award for many years running, Huxley has been the head teacher of the Fashion Design Studio at Sydney TAFE since 1990, and is regarded as one of the most influential people in the fashion industry in Sydney today.
The exhibition features Gorman’s latest body of work. Pushing the boundaries with her vibrant and often clashing colour combinations, Gorman has developed a carefree expressive approach drawing inspiration from her travels, personal experience and memories from around the world.
She attempts to capture the intrinsic essence of a place intuitively. Her technique of building layers of uplifting colour in an abstract style reflects her interpretation of the landscape, whether it be coastal or rural. Through her art she invites the viewer to share her experiences in daily life, and the environment.
Kate is an established artist who has lived in the North-East Valleys region of Victoria since 1982. She has won various art awards over the years and encourages the viewer to interpret their own narrative from her work, evoking happiness and calm. Her work is held in private and public collections throughout Australia and internationally.
Another semi abstract landscape artist, Clare Brodie will be the next artist to exhibit at the Gallery. Brodie’s artwork will unearth the simple beauty of Australian bushland beyond its visual complexity in a show entitled BETWEEN AND BEYOND which will run between the 23rd January and the 5th February, 2018.