Originally from Colombia and currently working in Australia, Katherine Gailer creates imaginary landscapes exploring characters, cultural identity and spaces of magical realism. She studied for a Bachelor of Fine Arts and completed an Arts Management Masters Degree– both at RMIT University. Her Practice incorporates painting, drawing, illustration and Graphic Design.
Gailer’s artistic expression underscores a main theme that looks at the complex relationship between fragility and strength, vulnerability and empowerment– elements which in some ways come to define both male and female experience. Likewise the representation of women is one of her core inspirations: the investigation of the female body as a symbol of sexuality, motherhood, beauty and ambiguity. Certainly, the artist aspires to contribute to the reconstruction of an autonomous contemporary female identity; a matrix of the female experience as a source of power.
Rediscovering a sense of the sacred and revisiting our ancient past, embody the driving force for the development of her artworks.
Awards and Recognitions include:
Finalist • 2017, Emerging Art Awards (Fortyfivedownstairs Gallery, Australia)
Finalist • 2017, Contemporary Art Awards (Australia)
Featured • 2017, Melbourne Fringe Festival Award Winning Exhibition: Fifty Shades Of Blak
Featured • 2016, Malaysia Art Expo Plus (KL, Malaysia)
Finalist • 2015, Brisbane Art Prize (Australia)
Finalist • 2014, Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize
Awarded • 2014, 29th Chelsea International Art Competition (USA)
Winner • 2011, Tolarno Hotel Annual Award (Australia)