Kate Shaw is an award-winning Australian artist who spends her time working and living between Melbourne and the US, having exhibited in Australia for 23 years and internationally for over 10 years. Her work reinterprets notions of what constitutes landscape painting, both within an art history context and a contemporary social context, reflecting upon the contradiction between our inherent connection to the natural world and continual distancing from it. Prominent themes in Kate's work include alchemy and environmental change.
Kate has held solo exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, London, Hong Kong and throughout Australia. She has also been part of group exhibitions in Auckland, Berlin, Beijing, Indonesia, Los Angeles, London, New York, Paris, Reykjavik, San Francisco, Seoul, and Tokyo in both private galleries and public museums including MOCA Taipei and POSCO Seoul.
The recipient of numerous grants and residencies, including Australian Council 2015, Point B, New York and SIM, Iceland in 2013, Kate has also been shortlisted for over 30 prizes, including the Wynne Prize, the Prudential Eye Award 2015 and the Saatchi Gallery Prize, London, 2015. In 2018 she was the winner of the Tattersalls Club Prize and also won the Artists Wanted prize, Scope New York, in 2011.
Kate's work is part of numerous gallery, museum and corporate collections including the Museum of Brisbane, the University of Queensland Museum, the UQ Museum, Bendigo Art Gallery, Rockhampton Art Gallery, Tattersalls Club Collection, Westpac Collection, The Royal Bank of Scotland Collection, the Macquarie Group Collection, Royal Sydney Golf Club and the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria. Additionally, her work is included in private collections internationally, including in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Korea and Hong Kong. Kate has also collaborated with Urban Art Projects on large-scale murals in Sydney (Macquarie Centre, 2014) and Brisbane (Inhabit Festival, 2010).
A number of publications have covered Kate's work over the past 15 years, including the magazines Create Zine, Autumn issue (2018) Art-link, (2017) Fresh Paint Magazine and YEN Magazine (2016). Non fiction books include Screen Ecologies: Art Media and the Environment in the Asia Pacific Region (MIT Press 2016), Spectrum Index Book (Barcelona, 2013); Super Lux: Smart Light Art, by Davina Jackson (Thames and Hudson 2015) and The Macquarie Group Collection: The Land and Its Psyche (University of NSW, 2013).