Born Hong Kong, 1970; Arrived in Australia 1974: Lives and works Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Informed by a diverse range of pictorial traditions including Western and Eastern comic books, animation, film, graffiti, calligraphy and fashion, Kate Beynon's works are a nexus of influences. Her paintings manifest the hybrid reality of today's multicultural global citizen. In 1996 Beynon first exhibited images depicting Li Ji, a heroine drawn from an ancient Chinese legend, adapted into a contemporary urban warrior. Li Ji has become a central character in Beynon's works, negotiating her way through a global landscape marked by politics of race and class.
Since graduating from Melbourne's Victorian College of the Arts in 1993, Beynon has held over 25 solo exhibitions. Her most significant individual exhibitions include 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. She has also presented regular solo shows at Sutton Gallery since 1996.
Beynon has participated in over 100 local and international group exhibitions, with recent selections including: The F Word, Contemporary Feminist Art in Australia, Ararat Regional Art Gallery, Ararat, Victoria, 2014; Mythopoetic: women artists from Australia and India, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane, 2014; Re-Picturing the Feminine: New and Hybrid Realities in the Art Worlds, Open Eyed Dreams (OED) Gallery, Cochin, India, 2012; The Naked Face: Self-portraits, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2011; Change, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne 2010; and The China Project, Three Decades: The Contemporary Chinese Collection, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2009. Earlier significant selections include Global Feminisms, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, USA, 2007; TarraWarra Biennial, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Yarra Valley, Victoria, 2006; C'town Bling: art and the youth demografik, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, 2005; Identity and Desire, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2005; A Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces 1985-2005, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne, 2005; The Plot Thickens; the narrative in Australia Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2004; The Future in Every Direction: Joan Clemenger Endowment for Contemporary Australian Art, National Gallery of Victoria: Ian Potter Centre, Melbourne, 2003; See Here Now: Vizard Foundation Art Collection of the 1990s, The Ian Potter Museum, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 2002; Fieldwork; Australian Art 1968 - 2002, National Gallery of Victoria: The Ian Potter Centre, Melbourne, 2002; Upstream: International Art Event, 400-year Anniversary of Dutch East Indies Co., The Netherlands, 2002; Tales of the Unexpected, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2002; Our Place: Issues of Identity in Australian Art, Monash University in Prato, Italy, 1999; and Perspecta 99, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1999.
Beynon held a studio residency at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces between 2000 and 2002. She has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize, presented at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, in 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. Her work is held in significant public collections including American University, Washington DC, USA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; The Museum of Modern Art (MMK), Frankfurt, Germany; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; and Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
Acrylic on linen
152 x 135.5cm