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Karlee Rawkins was born in 1977 and lives in Bellingen NSW. In 2003 she was the winner of The Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship and held a five-month residency at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. Rawkins has been a finalist in the Clayton Utz, Now Shoalhaven, KAAF Art Prize, Fishers Ghost Art Award and twice finalist in the Prometheus. Her work is represented by Flinders Lane Gallery in Melbourne and Linton and Kay Galleries in Perth.

Karlee Rawkins’ is recognised nationally for her bold and vibrant paintings, her poignant imagery of wildlife and flora examine the symbolic and totemic meanings nature holds within the human psyche.


Born
1977 Toowoomba, Queensland

Studies
1999 Bachelor of Visual Art with Honours, Southern Cross University, Lismore NSW

Solo Exhibitions (selected)
2018 Kingdom of Plenty, Linton & Kay Galleries, Perth WA
2016 Pretty Wild, Linton & Kay Galleries, Perth WA
2015 Big River, Tweed Regional Art Gallery, Murwillumbah
2015 Never Never River, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2014 Temples of Jasper, Linton & Kay Galleries, Perth WA
2013 Sky World, Linton & Kay Galleries, Subiaco WA
2013 Honey Gully, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2012 Wild Fox Garden, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2011 Dark Wood Land, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2010 Big Rock Candy Mountain, Iain Dawson Gallery, Sydney
2010 Mekong Drift, Tweed River Gallery, Murwillumbah
2009 Zoo Tomorrow, Iain Dawson Gallery, Sydney
2005 Minor Migration, Byron Fine Art Gallery, Byron Bay
2002 Amulet, Gallery Paul, St Kilda
2000 Flying, Wood St Gallery, Darwin

Group Exhibitions (selected)
2019 The Whitely At 20, S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2019 Co.Lab.Arts, Work in Process, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
2018 Clayton Utz Art Award, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane
2015 The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me), Maitland Regional Art Gallery
2015 KAAF Art Prize, Korean Cultural Centre, Sydney
2014 Modern Women, Linton & Kay Galleries, Subiaco WA
2012 Inspiring Artists, Recipients Of The Pat Corrigan Artists Grant, Maitland Regional Art Gallery
2012 Greatest Hits Vol II, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2012 Studio Show, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2012 Fishers Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre
2010 Big Paintings, Iain Dawson Gallery, Sydney
2007 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship Past Winners, Brett Whiteley Studio, Sydney
2007 Prometheus Art Award Finalists, Merrimac
2006 Chrysalis,The Emergence of Northern Rivers Artists, Lismore Regional Gallery
2006 Showcase, Piece Gallery, Mullumbimby
2006 Oceans 11, Lismore Regional Gallery
2005 Prometheus Art Award Finalists, Merrimac
2005 This Place Our Town, Piece Gallery, Mullumbimby
2004 Exposition Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2003 The Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship Finalists (winner), Brett Whiteley Studio, Sydney
1999 Odds On, Honours Graduate Exhibition, SCU, Lismore
1998 11th Annual Bachelor of Arts Graduate Exhibition, SCU, Lismore
1998 Selected works, Museum of Contemporary Art, SCU, Lismore
1995 Curators Choice, Visual Arts Gallery, USQ, Toowoomba
1995 Indonesian/Australian Student Show, Visual Arts Gallery, USQ, Toowoomba
1994 Minister for Education’s Excellence in Art Award, The Old Post Office Gallery, Toowoomba

Awards and Residencies
2018 Clayton Utz Art Award Finalist
2016 Now Shoalhaven Contemporary Art Prize Finalist
2015 KAAF Art Prize Finalist
2012 Fishers Ghost Art Award Finalist
2007 Prometheus Art Award Finalist
2005 Prometheus Art Award Finalist
2004 5 month residency AGNSW Studio, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2003 The Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship Winner
2001 Pat Corrigan Artists Grant (NAVA & Arts Council Australia)
1999 William Fletcher Trust Grant
1994 Minister for Education’s Excellence in Art Award Finalist

Collections
Maitland Regional Art Gallery
Mater Private Hospital, Brisbane
Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation

Selected Bibliography
Phe Luxford, The Wild Fox Garden, Exhibition catalogue, Flinders Lane Gallery, March 2012
Cheryl Farrell, “Inspiring Artists: Recipients Of The Pat Corrigan Artists Grant”, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Nov 2012
Phe Luxford, Dark Wood Lands, Exhibition catalogue, Flinders Lane Gallery, 2011
Andrew Frost, “Mystical Menagerie”, Sydney Morning Herald, Metro Art, September 10 2010, p14
Marina St Martin, “Memories Bear Fruit”, Gold Coast Bulletin, Paradise Magazine, September 19 2009
Elizabeth Fortescue, “Using Animal Instincts”, The Daily Telegraph, April 13 2009, p42
Louise Martin-Chew, Funny Bunnies, Exhibition catalogue, January 2007
Lyndall Crisp, “Crayon's trail leads to Paris”, The Australian Financial Review, September 19 2003
Rosalie Higson, “From paddock to Paris for a new art star”, Sydney Morning Herald, September 19 2003, p3
Brendan Lavery, “Whiteley Scholarship win for local artist”, The Northern Star, September 20 2003, p3
Sharon Verghis, “Artist's world opens up, with a Whiteley at her side”, Sydney Morning Herald News, September 19 2003,p3
Sharon Verghis, “After the pain, growing anew”, Sydney Morning Herald, 2003, p17
Suellen Hinde, “Young artists join forces”, Northern Territory News, Aug 19 2000, p31
Irena Hatfield, “Art in Review” also “Pictures of studious intent”, The Northern Star, October 1998

Elk, 137 x 121, acrylic on canvas, 2010

Elk, 137 x 121, acrylic on canvas, 2010