Kate McCarthy is a Brisbane born artist, currently residing in Binalong Bay, Tasmania with her young family. Having completed units from three different degrees, including Bachelor in Fine Art Illustration, Queensland College of Art, Bachelor in Digital Art, 1995 Victoria University and Bachelor in Contemporary Art, Curtin University, Kate has always worked loosely in art and design. In 2004 she opened McCarthyism Contemporary Artspace, Sheffield, Tasmania, working with other artists and supporting residencies, including sound artist Ian Kitney, film maker Stefan Popescu and performance artist Casionova. Since the birth of Kate’s second son, she has focussed on producing her own art; 2011 saw her overseas debut in an Italian group show, a feature in The Age Sunday Magazine and her participation in the Sydney Fringe Festival.
Kate has spent time in the following courses at Queensland College of Art, Victoria University, and Curtin University. For various reasons she chose not to complete the course.
1993 Queensland College of Art, Bachelor in Fine Art Illustration
1995 Victoria University, Bachelor in Digital Art
2000 Curtin University, Bachelor in Contemporary Art
2017 A Fantastic Nest, Mathew Rachman Gallery, Chicago USA
2016 BIG + LITTLE, Penny Contemporary, Hobart TAS AUSTRALIA
2013 À mon tour – Koolamara, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2012 Fun With Words, Penny Contemporary, Hobart TAS AUSTRALIA
2012 Gallery Parnella, St Helens TAS AUSTRALIA
2011 Brunswick Street Gallery 40×40 Show, Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA
2011 Sydney Fringe Festival, New Town, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA
2011 The Fellows and the Bloodies, 19Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2009 Self, The Wall Exhibition Space, Arts Centre Hobart TAS AUSTRALIA
2010 Chux Redux, CSart, Reggio Emilia ITALY
2008 ’78 Series, Wursthaus on Oliver, Launceston (Tourism Tasmania) TAS AUSTRALIA
2017 Penny Contemporary, Hobart TAS AUSTRALIA
2017 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2017 CSArt, Reggio Emilia ITALY
2016 The Polygon Project International Group Show
2016 HAPPY Group Exhibition, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QLD AUSTRALIA
2015 RED Expressionism Group Show, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2014 Under 1 Roof, New York USA
2014 A Tribute to Michael Jackson, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QLD AUSTRALIA
2012 The Art of Spain, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2012 Brunswick Street Gallery Photographic Group Show, Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA
2011 On the Wall with Leeloo and Finders Keepers, Carriageworks, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA
2011 An Indispensable Item, Gilligan Grant Gallery, Collingwood VIC AUSTRALIA
2011 Homage to Frida, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2010 Aussie Girls, CSArt, Reggio Emila ITALY
2010 Down the Rabbit Hole, Whitespac3 Gallery, World Bar, Kings Cross NSW AUSTRALIA
2010 On the Wall, Finders Keepers and Leeloo, CarraigeWorks, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA
2010 Cross City Experience # 3 – Online Exhibition – Vegas Spray
2010 Art Melbourne 10, Retrospect Galleries, Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA
2010 Who Got The Bunny, Gilligan Grant Gallery, Collingwood VIC AUSTRALIA
2009 Petit Travaux, Retrospect Galleries, Byron Bay NSW AUSTRALIA
2009 Art Melbourne 09, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA
2014 Poster design for Sydney Underground Film Festival
2014 Finalist, LCH Art Prize, Launceston
2013 Finalist Bay of Fires Art Prize
2012 Finalist DHG Art Prize (mural design), Prato, Italy
2008 BSG Small Works finalist
2004 Production Design ‘Rosebery 7470’
2004 Director McCarthyism Contemporary Artspace, Sheffield, Tasmania
Private collections throughout Australia, Italy and United States.
2016 Weekend Magazine, The Mercury
2015, Artescape Magazine
2015 Big Kids Magazine
2014/15 We Are Hobart, artwork feature
2013 Illustrated “John D. and Me” by Sonia Penny, also in the early stages of animating
2013 RAH Collective
2011 The Sunday Age Newspaper Magazine, June 19th
2011 Paradise Magazine, September 17-18
2011 Avant Card artist
2010 Pen and Paper Issue 5
2010 Kickcan and Conkers
2010 Millard Boutique zine by Lady Millard (NY) SEX, BROWN and FIRSTS ISSUES
2010 Yen magazine online featured illustrator
2010 Pikaland feature
2010 Avant Card artist for SUFF callout for submissions
2010 Juxtapoz Online Artist Profile
2009 artwhatson, Artist to Watch
2009 Framelines Magazine
2009 Wet Ink, Issue 7
2009 Avant Card artist
Q&A INTERVIEW WITH THE ARTIST
Q. At what age did you begin creating art?
A. Two years.
Q. Why do you make art?
A. It’s a compulsion. I get very cranky if I don’t. Sometimes though I think it’s a subconscious call for praise.
Q. Who do you make it for?
A. Me and the few people that ‘get’ me.
Q. Do you plan out a piece or do you wing it?
A. Wing it.
Q. Do you have heroes? If so, who, if not why not?
A. Yes, other creatives. Too many to name. Singer/songwriters, animators, painters, film directors, good parents, artistic facilitators.
Q. How do you decide when a piece of work is finished?
A. I salivate.
Q. Do you have your own cure for artists block?
A. Paint over it until it comes out.
Q. Do you think having an art education is important in order to be successful?
A. No. However I do think there is a difference between art and illustration where art considers the culture and history surrounding us and needs to ponder upon that. It is important to educate yourself to the ins and outs, including boring admin. (Which I secretly like).