Through painting and drawing I fold and unfold the myths that surround us like a cosmic origami. 

Capturing the frenetic nature of the ether through lines and colours borrowed and blended from a hybrid of cultures. 

Our commonality as humans is essential in my dialogue, as I push through aesthetic norms of acceptability and taste. Memories, myths and shared emotions weave through my paintings, abstracted and reshaped again and again until we come to see that our humanity is what humbles us and sustains us. Capturing the constant oceanic movement of what it means to move through a life. To capture the ineffable in paint and graphite. To resonate with a truth that lies beneath all our embellishments. My work is more than a representation of a thing, it is the thing. And it continues to evolve long after I am finished with it, because the viewer then takes it to their own place of understanding and experience. For it is then that the painting becomes the relationship and the journey.

Kaye Freeman

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Exhibitions

 

Solo

 

2022 Cosmic Origami, Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon GA 

2021  Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, Gadsen AL 

2020 Digital Exhibition  Further from Heaven , Curated by Terrell Tillford, Band of Vices,

            Los Angeles CA

2019  Anatomy of a Painting,  Museum of Art and History, Lancaster CA 

2012  Floating Worlds, Wangaratta Gallery, Victoria AUS

           Fluids, Gasworks, Melbourne, Victoria AUS 

2011  Kingdom, Gallery 775, Redhill, Victoria AUS 

           Art At Work, Wodonga Council Chambers, New South Wales AUS

           Floating Worlds, Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston, Victoria AUS

2009 Falling Sky, Walker St. Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria AUS

            Falling Sky, Wodonga Art Space, Wodonga, Victoria AUS 

            Art At Work, Wodonga Council Chambers, Wodonga, Victoria AUS 

2002 Tokyo Disney Death Mask, TAP Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales AUS

2001  Kaye Freeman, TAP Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales AUS

1996   The Tribe, ARDT Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales AUS 

 

Two Artist

 

2021  In the Midsts of All That Is, Curated by Terrell Tillford, Band of Vices, Los Angeles CA

2017   New Anatomy, Curated by House of Wren at Castelli Art Space, Los Angeles CA

2002 TAP Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales AUS 

 

Group

 

2022 Performance: Lifes, All Fours, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles CA

           Sightlines , Melissa Morgan Fine Arts, Curated by Andi Campognone, Palm Desert CA

           Performance: Ladies Lair Lake Created by Trulee Hall at NOMAD Los Angeles CA

2021 C11H17NO3, Curated by Terrell Tillford, Band of Vices, Los Angeles CA

           Performance/short film, WOLF, NOMAD, Torrance CA

           Multifaceted, Tufenkian Fine Arts, Glendale CA

2020 That Layered Look, Curated by Peter Frank, Tufenkian Fine Arts, Glendale CA

2019 EYE to EYE, Curated by Terrell Tilford, Band of Vices, Los Angeles CA

2018 Clay Contemporary, Norfolk UK 

          16 Contemporary Artists, Fabrik & Enter Art Foundation, Bonn DE

2017 PAPER perVIEW, Brand Library & Art Center, Glendale CA

2016 Rogue, House of Wren, Los Angeles CA

          BG Gallery, Santa Monica CA

2015 At_Salon2, Anita Traverso Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria AUS

          Words that Matter, Wangaratta Regional Art Gallery, Victoria AUS

2013 “the rest is silence,” Death Be Kind, Melbourne, Victoria AUS 

2012 Mount Eyer Art Prize, David Rex Livingston Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales AUS 

           Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize, Sydney, New South Wales AUS 

           Gallery 775, Redhill, Victoria AUS 

           9x5 Show, Walker St. Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria AUS

2011 She Prize, Walker Street Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria AUS 

          Mount Eyer Art Prize, David Rex Livingston Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales AUS 

2010 Gallery 775, Redhill, Victoria AUS

           9x5 Show, Walker St. Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria AUS

           She Prize, Walker Street Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria AUS 

           Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Ballarat Art Gallery, Ballarat, Victoria AUS 

           Mount Eyer Art Prize, David Rex Livingston Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales AUS 

           Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize, Melbourne, Victoria AUS 

           St. Michael’s Archangel Prize, Melbourne, Victoria AUS 

           Works On Paper, Brunswick St. Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria US 

2009 Small Works, Brunswick St. Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria AUS

            9x5 Show, Walker St. Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria AUS 

2007 9x5 Show, Walker St. Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria AUS

            She Prize, Walker Street Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria AUS 

2006 Albury Regional Art Gallery, Victoria AUS 

            9x5 Show, Walker St. Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria AUS

             Fresh & Unframed, Yackandandah Gallery, Victoria AUS

             She Prize, Walker Street Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria AUS 

2002 Fluro Show, TAP Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales AUS 

2001 Buiten, Chiba Municipal Gallery, Chiba Prefecture Japan 

1997 Manly Art Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales AUS

1996 Leichardt Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales AUS

          Tamworth Art Gallery, New South Wales AUS

1995 Four Women, ARDT Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales AUS

          Temple of The Third Millennium, Urban Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales AUS 

          Christmas Show, ARDT, Sydney, New South Wales AUS 

 

Awards and Scholarship

2018 Winner, Painting, Beverly Hills Art Fair, Beverly Hills CA

          Award, 21st Century Open,Woman Made Gallery, Chicago IL

2010 Winner, She Prize, Walker Street Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria AUS 

1996 Winner, Chroma Art Award For graduating Honors, New South Wales AUS 

1991 Winner, John Olsen Scholarship, Julian Ashton, Sydney, New South Wales AUS 

 

Art Fairs

 

2018 Beverly Hills Art Fair 

          Palm Springs Art Fair wirh Cassera Art Premiers

2017 Los Angeles Art Fair with BG Gallery 

          Palm Springs Art Fair wirh Cassera Art Premiers

 

Publications

2022 Art Miami Magazine

2021 Artillery, Review by Benjamin Sutton for In the Midst of All that Is

2019 Turn and Face the Strange: Collaboration with Poet Natasha Dennerstein 

           Full Blede Broadsheet  The Undertaking 

           Full Blede Broadsheet The Interpenetrate

           Full Blede Broadsheet The Continuant

2018 Voyage LA Magazine 

          North American Review 

          Full Blede Broadsheet The Parapraxis

2017 About A Girl By Natasha Dennerstein (Book Cover Art) 

          Creative Boom Magazine 

          Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art 

          Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam 

2015 Australian Ceramics Magazine 

          Australian Broadcasting Commission Radio Interview, Words That Matter 

2014 Fourteen Hills San Francisco University Press 

2012 Wangaratta Chronicle: Artistic Journey Through Dementia 

2011 Adelaide Perry Catalogue 

         Frankston Art Centre Catalogue 

2010 Art Almanac Australia

2007 Substation Contemporary Art Prize Catalogue 

2000 Ohara Art Buiten Catalogue Japan 

 

Teaching and Artist Talk

 

2021  Artist Talk Multifaceted: Tufenkian Fine Arts, Glendale CA

2020 Artist Talk Featured as Artist of the Week at Tufenkian Fine Arts Glendale CA

           Artist Talk In the Midst of All that Is. Band of Vices Los Angeles CA

2015 Guest Lecturer, Saddleback College, Irvine CA 

           Guest Lecturer, National Arts School, Sydney, New South Wales AUS

2014 Guest Lecturer, Saddleback College, Irvine CA 

           Opening Speech and Guest Adjudicator, Wangaratta Jazz Festival Art Prize

           Wangaratta Art Gallery, Victoria AUS 

2013 Opening Speech, Wangaratta TAFE Graduation Exhibition Wangaratta Art Gallery,

           Victoria AUS 

2012 Artist in Residence Talk, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Victoria AUS 

2011 Artist in Residence Talk, Wodonga Art Gallery, Victoria AUS 

2007-13 Art and Japanese Teacher, Wangaratta High School Victoria Education, Victoria AUS

1994-96 Japanese Instructor at Tamworth TAFE New South Wales AUS 

1983-89 Contemporary & Classical Dance Instructor, Aboriginal Dance Theatre Sydney, New

South Wales AUS

 

Education

 

2008 Bachelor and Diploma of Education, Victoria University, Fine Art and Japanese, Victoria AUS 

2006 Monash University, Japanese Linguistic, High Distinction, Victoria AUS 

1993-96 Tamworth TAFE: Diploma, Painting & Printmaking, New South Wales AUS 

1990-92 Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney, New South Wales AUS 

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                               Vernon, Oil paint on canvas, 42 x 47 inches, 2019.

 

Kaye Freeman's L.A. Ecosystems

By Annabel Osberg

 

    Kaye Freeman's "City Scapes" express Los Angeles as a peculiar ecosystem where beauty and harshness are inextricably intermeshed.  Ranging from monumental paintings to diminutive drawings, her urban landscapes appear as febrile daydreams of vibrant color, topsy-turvy movement, and frenetic energy. Architectural edges tilt, cables wobble, and streets dissolve in free-flowing compositions where fanciful vignettes melt into one another as hallucinatory mirages. Softening urban infrastructure's linear geometry, Freeman presents the city as a sprawling indefinite organism whose lifeblood is a squiggled network of freeways, power lines, and telecommunication wires. 

    Just as Los Angeles' glamorous skyline ensconces dismal poverty, Freeman's whimsical style and dazzling palette of fluorescents and pastels belie darker significance. 

    This is especially apparent in her largest cityscape, DTLA as the Garden of Earthly Delights (2017). Titled after Hieronymus Bosch's apocalyptic magnum opus, this 30-foot triptych represents the city's perpetual birth, life, and death. Disintegration and construction progress sequentially from left to right through the triptych, while also occurring simultaneously from top to bottom in each painting; the fluctuant city is constantly regenerating. In the leftmost canvas, Santee Alley, tenuous cranes precariously dangle a tottering block of buildings high above upside-down trousers evoking corpses. Nearby, faces, inspired by masks of peoples indigenous to various world regions, represent the city's buried cultural foundation. In the central canvas, mountains of skyscrapers appear relatively halcyon; but in the final painting, Skid Row Diamond Dogs, dwindling skylines are encircled by ramshackle tents and preponderant vagrants painted in shadowy deep violets that jar the rest of the triptych's high-keyed hues.

    Freeman's easel-sized streetscapes more compendiously crystallize her impressions of frantic urban uncanniness. Writhing overpasses erratically peak and dip like nightmarish roller coasters. Grimy gray graphite lines intersect blotchy celestial color fields of intermittently scabrous surfaces. Reeling high-rises perilously whirl under hot pink suns evoking bullet holes agape in golden skies. Expressionistic crimson brushstrokes evoke a bloody mess in Red 405 (2018), where a fetally hunched homeless figure doggedly wheels through the fuscous margins of a sanguine freeway river.

    Hints of religious iconography insinuate ruin and redemption. Betokening mastery, telephone and power poles appear as crosses while also recalling slack-stringed marionette controllers. City of Angels (2018) portrays a scrawled white mystical form hovering above skeletal transients huddled in the umbra of glowing skyscrapers. 

    As a recent immigrant, Freeman asserts her own cosmopolitan background in allusions to Los Angeles' multiculturalism. She signs her drawings with her kanji seal and incorporates a recurring character inspired by the notorious Australian bushranger Ned Kelly. 

    Despite her cynicism, Freeman's ambition to portray Los Angeles through her copious collection of colorful cityscapes seems celebratory at heart. This exuberant painting series leaves little doubt that for the artist, living in LA is a dream come true.