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Katherine Boland lives on the south east coast of Australia and her art practice is inspired by her natural surroundings.

Incorporating non-traditional media and processes in her work, Katherine seeks to distil classical interpretations of the beauty of the natural world in an organic, abstract space. She often begins the act of mark making by subjecting the surfaces of her large timber panels to the transformative power of flame; using fire itself as a drawing medium. Rather than present a factual reality or reference recognisable forms, Katherine investigates the dynamics of landscape. Her works are emotional landscapes, aimed to sweep you in, to entice you to forgo worldly material concerns; to be quiet and contemplate a state of being.

Much of Katherine's work explores her lifelong relationship with fire—a relationship which came into sharp focus when a fatal fire sparked the end of her 27 year marriage in 2002. After living through the 2019/20 Australian bushfires, Katherine was compelled to make art to raise awareness about climate change and the ecological perils facing the planet. In the aftermath of the fires, she was selected to participate in OUTPUT: ART AFTER FIRE - a pilot project supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through their Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program which supported artists in southeast New South Wales and the American west to create artwork about their bushfire experiences.


Katherine has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and internationally and has been the recipient of numerous art prizes and grants, including the Heysen Art Prize for Interpretation of Place in 2009. Her work is included in corporate, public and private collections in Australia, Europe, Asia and the USA and her memoir, Hippy Days, Arabian Nights, was published by Australian publisher, Wild Dingo Press in 2017. Katherine graduated from the Melbourne Institute of Experiential and Creative Art Therapies (MIECAT) with a Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Arts Practice in 2019 and has since run several writing workshops for bushfire affected communities in her region. 



1957      Born, Lancashire, England

1961      Immigrated to Australia

1975-76 Diploma Graphic Art & Design, RMIT, Melbourne, VIC

1990-91 Certificate of Colour & Design, Bega TAFE, NSW

2016      Advance Diploma of Therapeutic Arts in Counselling, Chisholm Institute,VIC

2017      Published Hippy Days, Arabian Nights - A Memoir, Wild Dingo Press,VIC

2019      Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Arts Practice, MIECAT, VIC 



Selected Group Exhibitions

2022       ART FOR CLIMATE CHANGE, Planet Earth Channel, IKONO TV, Global Media Platform

2022       ICONS Billboard Display, DigitalArt4Climate, Tokyo, JAPAN

2022       ICONS Billboard Display, DigitalArt4Climate, Toronto, CANADA

2022.      CALL TO ART, Climarte Gallery, Richmond, VIC 

2022       Mandorla Art Award, Finalist, Perth, WA

2022       FIRE, Climarte Gallery, Richmond, VIC

2022       Planet Recovery Project Exhibition, Finalist, Labyrinth Gallery, UK

2022       Women See Change, Visual Petition, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT

2022       The Next, Li Tang Gallery, New York, USA

2022       Platforme Planet Earth, New York, USA

2022       Ivy Hill Gallery, Wopengo, NSW

2022       Art Lovers Australia Prize, Finalist, Sydney, NSW

2021       DigitalArt4Climate Art Competition, Finalist, United Nations, COP26 Conference, Glasgow, UK

2021       Environmental Art and Design Prize, Finalist, Manly Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2021       Waverley Art Prize, Finalist, Sydney, NSW

2021       Lethbridge 20000 Small Scale Art Prize, Finalist, Brisbane, QLD, 

2021       Manyung Gallery, Malvern, VIC

2021       Milburn Art Prize, Finalist, Brisbane, QLD

2021       Lethbridge Landscape Prize, Salon Finalist, Brisbane, QLD

2020       NOW Contemporary Art Prize, Finalist, Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, Nowra, NSW

2020       Ivy Hill Gallery, Wopengo, NSW

2016       Beth Hume Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC

2015       Beth Hume Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC

2014       Art In The Park, Albert Park, VIC

2013       Form Studio and Gallery, Queanbeyan, NSW

2012       Redland Art Awards, Finalist, Cleveland,QLD

2012       Covering Ground, Dark Horse Experiment Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2011       Izmir Biennale, Izmir, TURKEY

2011       La Verne University, Los Angeles, USA

2011       Gadfly Gallery, Dalkeith, Perth, WA

2011       Wilson Street Gallery At Danks St, Sydney, NSW

2010       Essence Of St Kilda Photography Prize, Finalist, St Kilda, VIC

2010       Gallery One, Southport, QLD

2010       BMGart, Adelaide, SA

2010       Limestone Coast Art Prize, Finalist, Keith, SA

2009       Heysen Art Prize, Winner,Hahndorf Art Academy, Hahndorf, SA

2007       Corangamarah Art Prize,Finalist,Otway Estate Winery,VIC

2004       Norvill Art Prize, Finalist, NSW

2003-05  The State of Art – Peace, Manly Art Gallery Touring Exhibition, NSW

2002-03  SKEGGS Darlinghurst Art Show, Sydney, NSW

2003       McGivern Art Prize,Finalist, Melbourne, VIC

2002       Contemporary Asian Art Fair, Aust High Commission, SINGAPORE

2002       Treasury Place, Artefact, Melbourne, VIC

2000       Fleurieu Art Prize, Finalist,Regional Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA

2000       McLaren Vale Art Prize,Finalist, Regional Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA

2000       Redlands Westpac Art Prize,Finalist, Mosman, NSW

1999       Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Finalist, Mosman, NSW

Solo Exhibitions


2020       Full Circle, Online Exhibition, Bega Regional Art Gallery, Bega, NSW

2019       New Work, Ivy Hill Gallery, Wopengo, NSW

2017       Book Launch, Soho Galleries, Sydney, NSW

2010       Writing On St Kilda, St Kilda Town Hall Gallery, VIC

2010       Shield Me, Catherine Asquith Gallery, Collingwood, VIC

2009       Writing On The Wall, Catherine Asquith Gallery, Collingwood, VIC

2008       Writing On The Wall, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA

2008       Horizons II,Catherine Asquith Gallery,Flinders St, Melbourne,VIC

2007       The Shape Of Things To Come, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA

2007       The Shape Of Things To Come, Catherine Asquith Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2006       Near & Far, Soho Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2006       Campagna, Artefact, Melbourne, VIC

2005       Horizons, Soho Gallery, Sydney,NSW

2005       It’s Not Just Black & White, Artefact @ Gallery 101,Melbourne,VIC

2004       In Her View, Artefact, Melbourne, VIC

2003       On Fire, Artefact, Melbourne, VIC

2002       Lineage, Soho Galleries, Sydney, NSW

2001       Fields of Bliss, Soho Galleries, Sydney, NSW

2000       Oceanic, Bulle Galleries, Melbourne, VIC

2000       Landmarks, Soho Galleries Leichhardt, NSW

1998       Fragments, Old Bank Gallery, Pambula, NSW

1996       I Above, Narek Gallery, Canberra, ACT

1995       New Work, Hidden Valley Art Gallery, Bodalla, NSW

1993       Supra Natural, Gorman House Arts Centre, Canberra, ACT

1991       New Work, Bilyara Gallery, Bournda, NSW


Awards, Grants, Residencies

2022    Australasia's Emerging Photographers Award, Top 10 finalist (ART category) Capture Magazine

2022    Photographer of the Year 2021, Highly Commended, Australian Photography Magazine

2021    OUTPUT: Art After Fire Project, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

2020    Artist Benevolent Grant, NAVA, NSW

2020    Micro Grant, South East Arts/ Regional Arts NSW/Bega Valley Regional Gallery, NSW

2010    International Artist’s Symposium, Luxor International Studio, Ministry of Culture, Luxor, EGYPT

2010    Studio Residency, DRAWinternational, Caylus, FRANCE

2010    Scholarship Residency, Arts Student’s League of New York, Vytlacil Campus, NEW YORK     

2009    Heysen Art Prize, Winner, Hahndorf Art Academy, Hahndorf, SA

2005    Studio Residency, Rigalto Studios, Perugia, Umbria, ITALY

2002    Studio Residency, Glebe Chamber of Commerce, NSW

2001    Studio Residency, NSW Ministry of the Arts, Gunnery Studios, Sydney, NSW

2000    Bega Valley Art Awards, Major Award – Acquisitive, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, NSW

1999    Bega Valley Art Awards, Major Award – Acquisitive, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Bega, NSW

1997    Bega Valley Art Awards, Best Abstract, Regional Gallery, Bega, NSW



Bellagio Tower Suite, Las Vegas, USA

Kimpton Midtown Union, Atlanta USA

City of Port Phillip Collection, Melbourne,VIC

Grand Hyatt, Melbourne, VIC

The American Euro Centre, Hangzlon, CHINA

The Marriott, Brisbane, QLD

Sheraton On The Park, Sydney, NSW

Maddocks Collection, Melbourne,VIC

Doug Menzies Collection, Melbourne, VIC

The Chelsea Hotel, Darlinghurst, NSW

Mandale Heights, SINGAPORE

Conrad Jupiters Casino, Gold Coast, QLD

Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Permanent Collection, NSW

Western Mining Corporation, Melbourne, VIC

Sheraton Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Reflections, Gold Coast, QLD

Kirra Surf, Gold Coast , QLD

Q1 Resort, Gold Coast, QLD

Crown Casino, Melbourne VIC


Private Collections in Europe, Asia, USA & Australia



Climarte Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Manyung Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Soho Galleries, Sydney, Australia

Ivy Hill Gallery, New South Wales, Australia

Li Tang Gallery, New York

Labyrinth Galley, UK


Working with encasutic
Working with encasutic

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On fire in the studio
On fire in the studio

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Studio surrounds

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