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KATIE DANIELS

Melbourne-based artist Katie Daniels, is a contemporary landscape painter with a Bachelor of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong, and a Master of Arts Curatorship from the University of Melbourne. Katie has been a finalist in several art prizes, including the prestigious Wynne prize (2018) and most recently the Calleen Art Award (2021) of which her work 'Forgive everything' has been acquired by Cowra Regional Gallery for their permanent collection. A luminous landscape painter with a distinctive colour palette and dreamy aesthetic, Katie captures the essence of the Australian landscape enhanced with an evocative sense of other- worldliness. Katie began 'The Beloved,' series of paintings late last year, and some have been selected as prize finalist entries. She initially developed them as a 'best of the best' landscapes series. Paintings about her most beloved and nostalgic places in nature. It has since widened, as the consideration of what makes something 'beloved' has been more deeply examined. There is now the idea of the beloved as that which is endeared to one over time, via continued exposure, with consistent presence.

In this body of work, larger themes have developed and formed during the painting process. As the paintings reached resolution and colour stories developed I could keenly see the narrative of the main message. Often the larger picture remains a mystery for a long time, as inarticulate as the initial experience that prompts me to paint one landscape over another or one view over another. I began working on 'The Beloved,' series of paintings late last year, and am pleased to say, it has included several prize finalist entries. I initially developed it as a 'best of the best' landscapes series. A series of paintings about my most beloved and nostalgic places in nature. It has since widened, as my consideration of what makes something 'beloved' has been more deeply examined. There is now the idea of the beloved as that which is endeared to one over time, via continued exposure, with consistent presence. Whether that be; the fact that I walked past a certain tree every day during multiple lockdowns and had the time to admire its shape and form; or whether it is a photo of a place visited once, that I had enjoyed so much and love to paint continuously and I try each time, to interpret it in a way that feels most true. It is all the beloved but for diferent reasons. What we pay attention to grows in our esteem and our mind’s eye is naturally drawn to ‘see’ more of what we’re already focused on.

Calleen Art Award - Finalist, Cowra Regional Gallery, NSW, (2021) National Emerging Artist Prize - Finalist, Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney, (2021) Wynne Prize - Finalist, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2018)

2022: ‘Future Nostalgia and Continuum' Sydney Contemporary Art fair 2022: Coast to Coast, Fundraiser exhibition, Saint Cloche Gallery, Sydney 2021: In Time (solo) - Saint Cloche Gallery, Sydney 2020: Eterne (duo) - Saint Cloche Gallery, Sydney Contemporary Art fair 2019: It never leaves you, Saint Cloche Gallery, Sydney 2019: Unfolding Light, The Design Files - TDF Collect series, Melbourne 2019: Art & Artefact, The Design Files, Melbourne 2018: Blue Afternoon, Enough Space, Melbourne 2018: Wynne Prize 2018, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney 2016: This must be the place, Enough Space, Melbourne 2012: Commune Construct Convey, Conduit Arts, Melbourne 2009: Informe, UOW, Wollongong 2008: Graduate Exhibition, University of Wollongong, Wollongong