ARTIST • PRINTMAKER • PHILOSOPHER
“Art and Philosophy both share a creative thought process that is interwoven into all aspects of my life”
Illawarra based creative Kerry Anne McMeeking is a printmaker and mixed media artist. Her contemporary and abstract painted works are expressive and utilise bold colour. Kerry’s printmaking showcases a different side to her effervescent personality with a more natural colour palette and a realism style that captures movement.
Combining art and philosophy is at the base of Kerry’s work, a common link in an expansive portfolio that covers many mediums. She is inspired by her own self awareness, dreams and the environment surrounding her. “I work from a state of feelings and imagination other times from the magical beauty of nature”.
For the past 40 years Kerry has been continuously learning new techniques and mediums. To her harnessing new creative skills is an addiction and she is an avid art workshop participant. Attending the Ashton Art School, Ultimo TAFE and Wollongong TAFE gave her a solid knowledge of the art world that she could then push the boundaries of.
Judge and art critic Ray Hyland was instrumental in forming and developing Kerry’s understanding of abstract art, theory, drawing and colour when she spent time on the North Coast early in her art career. She has studied under master printmakers Matthew Abblitt and Thomas Goulder where she turned her hand to various printing techniques.
Kerry has been a member of The Southern Printmakers group for the past 6 years, she acted as vice president for the group in 2015. She has exhibited in multiple exhibitions and loves that the collective is an incubator for skill sharing, inspiration and feedback.
Kerry’s work is always evolving. Adding to her ongoing education and development Kerry joined the Open printmaking practice with Rew Hanks and Open Bite printmakers at Meadowbank TAFE, enhancing her skills and allowing for further art being exhibited. In July 2017, Kerry commenced studying Gallery and Museum skills at Meadowbank, thus adding the history of art and expansive business perspective of the art world to her repertoire.
On the horizon for Kerry is forming a unique series of solo exhibitions. She plans to have a handful of set themes that she will create a number of works for in different mediums. “It’s interesting to explore and see how the chosen medium can influence the expression and outcome of the initial idea.”