© 2019 Kate Gradwell

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I was originally educated as a scientist, and in 1997 was awarded a PhD in Chemistry from Oxford University. I then worked for 15 years in strategy and change management, including 9 years at CSIRO. After a lifelong interest in art, I started painting full-time four years ago.  Rather than pursuing a formal art school education, I sought out inspiring and talented artists to learn from. My art practice focuses mainly on landscape and portraiture using a range of methods and media.

 

In portraiture, I particularly focus on interesting and inspiring subjects, such as the commission to paint Sydney University’s first female head of Chemistry, Associate Professor Ruth Gall.  In 2016 I was selected for the Portia Geach Memorial Award for Portraiture with a portrait of Professor Attila Brungs, FTSE, Vice Chancellor of UTS, and in 2019 I was selected as a finalist in the Archibald prize with my portrait of Professor Michael McDaniel. 

 

I have undertaken a number of commissions, have had artworks hung in group exhibitions and art prizes and support charitable and community organisations. My work is held in private collections in Australia, North America, Europe and China.

I am currently represented by Brenda Colahan Fine Art in Putney and also sell directly and through Bluethumb.com

Recognition:

           

2019 Archibald Prize finalist

2019 North Beaches Art Prize finalist

2019 Northbridge Art Prize finalist and winner of Excellence in Acrylics

2017 Northern Beaches Art Prize finalist

2016 Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Award finalist

2016 Warringah Art Prize finalist

2016 Hunters Hill Art Exhibition finalist

2016 Kirribilli Art Prize finalist

Commissions:   

      

2019 Commission from UTS to paint the official portraits of the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor

2018 Commission from University of Sydney to paint a portrait of Associate Professor Ruth Gall – now hanging in main lecture theatre in the School of Chemistry

2018-19 Further 18 private individual portrait painting and drawing commissions and 6 landscape commissions