Karyn Fendley is a landscape artist based in Byron Bay in northern New South Wales, Australia.
Her artwork investigates how we remember places we have visited and how to capture the essence of those locations with simple imagery.
Sumptuous, dramatic colour and flattened perspectives are a hallmark of her painting practice.
Recent artworks explore various locations in northern New South Wales and South East Queensland, including the coastal heathlands and coastal landscapes of Arakwal, Bundjalung and Yuraygir National Parks in northern NSW, and the ancient time-weathered granite landscapes of Bald Rock and Girraween National Parks near Tenterfield.
Education 1989 Bachelor of Visual Arts QCA, Brisbane, QLD Australia
“Sun and Shadow” Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina, NSW
“Natural Connection” LAC Gallery Lennox Head, NSW
“Stone Samplers” Tweed Regional Gallery Murwillumbah, NSW
“Landscapes of Desire” The Channon Gallery, NSW
“Heathlands” Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina, NSW
“Return to Girraween” Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina, NSW
Caldera Art Byron Shire Fellowship Exhibition, Mullumbimby NSW
“Along the Coast” Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina, NSW
“Remnant Wilderness” Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina, NSW
"Landscapes” Neo Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
"West From Here” Artizanzoo Artspace, Ballina, NSW
"Three" Tub Gallery Byron Bay NSW
Asia Pacific Earth Charter Congress Soka Gakkai Centre Brisbane, QLD
“The Patterns of Nature” Fox Gallery Brisbane, QLD
“Remembered and Imagined” Fox Gallery Brisbane, QLD
“Recent Work” The Orient Restaurant, Byron Bay, NSW
“Recent Work” Urban Groove Art Space, Brisbane, QLD
“Eastern Encounters” Orient Restaurant, Byron Bay, NSW
also many group exhibitions and prizes...
for full cv please visit my website http://www.karynfendley.com/bio-and-cv.php
“I hope to capture the spirit of the Australian landscape and share my experience of the natural world through my artwork.
My process begins with time spent exploring the locations that inspire my work taking photographs and sketching.
After spending time in the field, I return to the studio and translate my experiences of the place into composite images sourced from my sketches and photographs, blending memory and observation. I am interested in what we notice and what we remember about a place and focus on those elements rather than trying to record every detail. I carefully arrange the elements to achieve dramatic, yet harmonious images that invite contemplating viewing.
I believe that while spending time in nature or when looking at images of nature, we become aware of our own small place in the world, bringing a little perspective into our lives.”