biography and artist statement

Kathryn Cowen


Kathryn Cowen is a Sydney based visual artist working primarily with the medium of paint. Her interest in space, time and memory drives her to create landscapes populated with strange characters and dwellings as portals to a place that is “other”. Kathryn’s most recent solo exhibition at SLOT window gallery in Redfern, held during December 2017, was the result of much experimentation with fluorescent paint. For the first time she used ultraviolet light as a medium to transform; the large scale otherworldly landscape morphed from day to night. 

Kathryn studied painting at the National Art School, Sydney, where she was a finalist in the John Olsen Prize for Drawing and winner of the Chroma Paints Award, graduating with a Bachelor Fine Arts (Hons) in 2007. Since this time she has exhibited in both Sydney and Melbourne. Kathryn has been a finalist in the Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize, Waverley Art Prize, Portia Geach Memorial Award, Lethbridge Art Award, Willoughby Art Prize and the National Contemporary Arts Competition. During 2015 Kathryn was a recipient of the National Art School: International and Interstate Artist-in-Residence Program at Hill End, NSW. Work based on this residency was exhibited at The Broadhurst Gallery, Hazlehurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre in September 2017. 

In early 2018, Kathryn will hold her solo exhibition Future Past at 107 Redfern, NSW. Later in the year she will be involved in  group exhibitions at Hazlehurst Regional Gallery and Chrissie Cotter Gallery in Camperdown, NSW.