Artist and art teacher Kay Kane joins Atelier

We are thrilled to have friend of Atelier, Kay Kane, coming on board as a regular teacher at our Salisbury studio. We expect her classes to fill rapidly, and pre-booking is advisable. Atelier's Nick Leavey describes Kay as having a long career as "a popular no-nonsense and very knowledgeable teacher".

The details: Mondays 1-4pm, starting Monday 7th November 2016. At Atelier Art Classes, Salisbury.
Book your spot: info@atelierartclasses.com / 3161 7897.

Kay has been a practising artist and art teacher for 50 years. She began her tertiary studies in fine art at St. Martin’s School of Art & Design in London followed by three years at the Central School of Art & Design. She completed her studies in the early 1980s, gaining a Diploma and B.A. in Fine Art (Painting). After leaving college, Kay showed her work regularly in London, including two one woman shows at Cale Art Gallery in Chelsea. She was a semi-finalist in the John Player Portrait Award at the National Gallery, London in 1982 and 1983.

Returning to Australia in 1989, Kay continued painting in various genres, concentrating particularly on Australian landscapes. She also taught in numerous workshops and completed a series of portrait commissions (that included the Vice Chancellor of Central Qld University, the Mayor of Redcliffe, the Mayor of Woocoo Shire Council and Professor Patrick Weller AOFOR Griffith University) as well as showing work in prestigious Art Exhibitions such as the Alice Bale Art Award and the Stanthorpe Arts Festival, Moreton Bay Art Award, The Manning Art Prize Naked and Nude and the Queensland Figurative in which she is the 2016 winner, she has also exhibited in various Regional Galleries and Commercial Galleries around Australia.

As well as exhibiting Kay has given papers on painting and drawing internationally and has had several publications of her writing.

Kay worked as a painting and drawing instructor at the Arts Academy, Balmoral, Brisbane from 1997 until 2006, as well as having taught in Fine Art Department at Queensland College of Art at both the Southbank and Gold Coast Campus. She was the principal life drawing instructor in the Department of Animation, Griffith Film School, Queensland College of Art since 1997, leaving in 2015 to devote her time completely to painting.

2010 saw the completion of a Doctorate in Fine Arts at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University with a body of paintings on the theme of nudes in the landscape, entitled “The Restoration of Venus”, consisting of five panels that together are nine metres long and 1.6m high. This work was exhibited Internationally in the USA. Her accompanying research on the theory of painting and art “The Restoration of Venus:The Nude Beauty and Modernist Misogyny”.

Kay has been active in the Brisbane art community for the last 30 years. As well as regularly judging exhibitions, she was involved in the setting up of the Beenleigh Art Society and was a founder member of Salisbury Studios Inc. She was until recently the President of the Royal Queensland Art Society.

Kay will be teaching drawing and painting, and as is always the case with Atelier, teaching to the students needs and aspirations rather than to a set curriculum.

Nick Leavey