Artist Karlee Rawkins’ intuitive process prioritises colour, mark-making and pattern over biological correctness. Her animal and plant subjects exist at the edge of representation; unexpected, transforming and proudly imperfect.
“I work intuitively, seeking an immediacy in my paintings; honesty, play and risk taking. The paintings reveal layers and the shifting and movement of the subject across the canvas. Areas are left bare or exposed in contrast with areas of more complex working and textures. I ‘catch’ my compositions, the mark making and creative decision-making process. The origin of each piece is inspired by the animal itself; it’s markings, fur and horns, it’s camouflage and protective devices. But it is a broader sense of pattern and the interactions across the surface of the canvas that concern me more. I like to push the boundaries of representation and the act of painting itself.”
Karlee is nationally recognised for her vibrant and talismanic compositions, she has won several awards including The Mosman Art Prize Margaret Olley Commendation Award in 2019 and The Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in 2003.
Visit Karlee Rawkins Heads & Tails Exhibition at Cherubino Wines, Margaret River