Melbourne based artist Kate Wallace seeks to observe, capture and translate aspects of contemporary living through the means of painting. As a realist painter, observing that which surrounds her has for long been a point of fascination.

Working within the realms of realism, Kate’s practice revolves around a desire to observe and capture the mundane happenings of contemporary living. This study of daily life manifests in the form of painting, intending to reflect and examine structures of the everyday and our subsequent relationship to them. Objects or places made banal in their ubiquity are subsequently drawn upon to focus on that which is often left unobserved.

This necessity to capture what is seen is largely driven by a desire to record and translate a familiar scene or time. Through scale, manipulation and detailed analysis of image, moments are relayed to the viewer in an attempt to elicit a kind of aesthetic to the commonplace. By focusing on unnoticed imagery, she intends to question our relationship to that which surrounds us- observing how we use, occupy and move throughout everyday environments.


In Transit, (solo) Alternating Current Art Space
Chalk and Cheese, Alternating Current Art Space
Belle Arti Prize, Chapman and Bailey
Colour in Action, Penang
Solo exhibition, In a Space, Art at St. Francis
Daylesford Group Residency Exhibition, D11, Docklands
Flanagan Art Prize, St Patrick’s College, Ballarat
Solo exhibition, Moving Still, Red Gallery Contemporary Art Space
Brunswick Street Gallery 40x40 Art Prize Exhibition
RMIT Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) Graduation Exhibition
Winner of the Tolarno Hotel/ RMIT Art Prize
Group show at Cato Gallery- The Victorian Artist Society
Top Arts Exhibition, Ian Potter Gallery

30cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Oil on Linen
40cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Oil on Linen
40cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Oil on Linen
40cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Oil on Linen
50cm (W) x 40cm (H)
Oil on Linen
13cm (W) x 18cm (H)
Oil on Board
15cm (W) x 21cm (H)
Graphite on paper
12cm (W) x 19cm (H)
Ink on paper
15cm (W) x 21cm (H)
Watercolour on paper
40cm (W) x 40cm (H)
Gouache & watercolour on wood