Friday, July 02, 2010


I am still working on a painting, hours per day...and it is progressing. I wrote about it in a recent post and also placed an image of a detail. However, the cold damp weather, we are having here in Brisbane, means the paint is not drying as quickly as I'd like. So I can't over paint where I want to.

In the meantime I thought I'd take a journey down memory lane...snippets from my art past! So, no paintings, but just newsy type photos.

The photograph above is of me meeting Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 at Queensland's Government House in early 1977. I won the senior section a state wide art competition for young people. And, the prize was to meet the Queen! Unfortunately, this was before the days of digital cameras and 1000s of photos, so I only have this one of me meeting the Queen...but her back it to the viewer. My painting is the one on the top left. The Queen had chosen the theme for the competition, which was 'The Family'.

The head mistress at my boarding school was a bit upset that I did not wear the school uniform. However, I entered the competition on my own during the Christmas school holidays, and I thought the school really should not have a say in what I wore. So sweet teenager that I was, I insisted on wearing bright red, my very frizzy long hair out and high heeled sandals. The latter elevated me to well over 180 cm tall [I am already and was already height endowed!]. So, I towered over the Queen and felt quite ludicrous...but also very excited. Out of sight are about 80 photographers and the winners' parents, who also got to meet the Queen

The photo above is me again, not meeting a famous person, but eyeballing a Monet Waterlilly painting. This was taken in 1981 when I worked at the National Gallery in Canberra.


The three photos above are from my solo show Distance in London in 2002. This was a very exciting exhibition with the Deputy Australian High Commissioner opening the show for me. The gallery was packed with people I knew, my friends knew, gallery list, people I met in the street!

DUBAI 2004

Australian Ambassador His Excellency Noel Campbell and his wife with me at my opening in Dubai 2004

Making my speech at the opeing in Dubai 2004.

The three photos above are from my solo exhibition in Dubai in 2004. I loved being in Dubai and I have made a number of subsequent visits. The Australian Ambassador His Excellency Noel Campbell opened the exhibition for me. This was a wonderful gesture.



The three images above are from my solo show at the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation in 2005. I was very pleased to have the then Queensland Minister for Education and The Arts, Hon. Rod Welford to open the exhibition. The Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation was wonderful providing me with an excellent opening event...even a ribbon to be cut. My daughter was given the task of holding the cushion which the scissors were placed upon.

My Abu Dhabi exhibition, and the whole experience of talking with people from all over the region, has profoundly influenced my work since then. My tree-of-life paintings, which I exhibited in the show, were the catalysts for some of the most inspiring conversations I have ever had. Regular readers of this BLOG will already know this and how grateful I am to have had the experience...hopefully I will again!

So, just a few snippets from the past. Not too many deep and meaningfuls on this post...plenty of them previously!



Audubon Ron said...

Thanks for sharing. Love the photos. You look great in all of them.

Incidentally, as hot as it is here, it is hard for me to imagine you have cold and damp weather there.

BTW, not that I notice these things BUT a major life changing event happened in your life in 2002. I can tell. In every picture but that one, your right hand is over your left. :)

I’m quick on the details – like in the 2005 shot, Sheik Abu Dubai is saying,
“نريد لجنة لرسم لك البط.”

In the previous picture 2004 with you speaking in that elegant and stunning purple top and skirt, I know you were saying in your speech, “I don’t know, I’m showing in Abu Dhabi next year but I told His Majesty once already, I have not interest in painting ducks on the side of Sky Tower building. My art is certainly more serious to me than that.”

You know I’m silly. :)

Lindy Drew said...

Kathryn, just arrived back from London via Singapore last night and saw your post on fb... so had a walk down memory lane with you. So interested to see the path you took since our days at school together. I'm in and out of Brisbane for the next few weeks, and possibly staying so any chance of catching up in person???

Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox said...

Hi Ron,

Thanks for visiting! I'll have to think about the significance of my hand crossing! You know there are duck in my paintings...they're just hidden.