2000 - 2002
Kate Beynon’s familial ancestry is the bedrock of her artistic engagement and the resulting artworks are a nexus of influences. Informed by a diverse range of pictorial traditions including Eastern and Western comic books, animation, film, graffiti, calligraphy and fashion, Beynon’s paintings manifest the hybrid reality of today’s multicultural global citizen. In 1996, Beynon first exhibited images depicting Li Ji – a heroine from an ancient Chinese legend – adapted into a contemporary urban warrior. Portraiture has remained central to Beynon’s practice, allowing the artist to negotiate notions of history, race and class through the projection of the self or other.
Select solo exhibitions: Anatomical, Botanical, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2018; Kate Beynon: Room of Lucky Charms, Jackson Bella Room Commission, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2017; Kate Beynon: Friendly Beasts, Children’s Art Centre, QAGOMA, Brisbane, 2017; An-Li: A Chinese Ghost Tale, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, 2015; Auspicious Charms for Transcultural Living, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2008; Mixed Blood and Migratory Paths, The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2005; and Kate Beynon 1994-2002, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide, 2002.
Image courtesy the artist, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne and Milani Gallery, Brisbane and © the artist. Photograph: Jacqui Manning