We love local artists and are very excited to introduce you to Audrey Kearns who is a local emerging visual artist based in Hawthorn East. Audrey is currently completing her master’s degree from The University of Melbourne. She grew up in North Carlton, with sojourns in Darwin, Brisbane and Echuca. The external surroundings from her childhood have significantly informed her artistic practice.
Left: 'Tangerine Kitchen' - 430 x 530mm Right: 'Early Fall' - 340 x 440mm
Audrey works in acrylics and oils on canvas exploring colour and shape. Her paintings use texture and organic shapes to imbue everyday objects with a life beyond the ordinary. Showing a deep understanding of colour in her works, she is very methodical in her choice of colours and how she applies them.
“I often mix them myself or use specialists such as Porter’s Paints to achieve the pigment I desire. This helps me convey certain styles or eras that I aim to communicate.”
Using bold palettes that often favour oriental hues, she forms tonal relationships in her compositions. Her style is known for using clean lines and colour-blocking giving her artworks a retro edge.
While creating her artworks, she reflects on her own experience of the Australian landscape and uses everyday objects as reference points. Like all artist, Audrey has many artists that inspire her both Australian and international, from throughout history to the present day. These include Cuban American artist Carmen Herrera and Ukrainian-American artist Janet Sobel.
“Among Australian artists, I particularly admire Margaret Preston and have had an affinity since childhood for both Vincent van Gogh and Henri Matisse and their dedicated quest for expression through colour and form.”
Audrey’s creative process is very labour intensive, it often takes weeks for her artworks to reach their final form.
“I prime my own canvases by using a thick texture paste with a palette knife before applying several layers of liquid primer. This creates smooth yet textured details and adds a dimension to the space of the painting. I build further upon their texture by underpainting, often in bold colours.”
Audrey has developed a style that is inherently her own, full of texture, clean lines, beautiful colour and retro vibes. You can shop her artworks here.