Kay studied fine art at Central School of Art and Design, London. After graduation she practiced as an artist in London with several on-woman shows and major gallery exhibits. She returned home to Australia in 1990 to raise a family while continuing to practice. For 18 years she has taught life drawing at the Queensland college of Art where she also pursued and gained her Doctorate in the Visual Arts, painting. For this she created works entitled “The Restoration of Venus” that (unfashionably) aimed at retrieving an idea of beauty largely eclipsed in contemporary art.
Since completing her doctorate Kay continues to teach at the Queensland College of Art, as well as pursuing her practice which embraces portraiture, landscape and still life painting as well as what is for her, the never ending fascination with exploration of the deep visual resonances between human and environmental forms embodied in the ‘Restoration’ series.
Kay Kane: DFA (Lon) BFA (Lon) DVA (QCA, Griffith University)
Kay is also one of the founder members of Salisbury Studios Inc. This is a group of artists who collaborated to set up a studio space in Brisbane, in which like minded artists could work and teach.
Over the last year she has completed a portrait of Professor Pat Weller AO, commissioned by Griffith University, and is preparing for participation in a series of eight exhibitions over the next 12 months. These include her doctoral work “The Restoration of Venus” being exhibited in Philadelphia USA and two one woman exhibitions, one in Sydney and on here at the Petrie Terrace gallery.