Katy Moran

We meet painter KATY MORAN to discuss More Me, the artist's first presentation in Australia to date, showcasing her signature style of painting that defies and dispels traditional genres of landscape, portraiture or still life, instead, existing as free, gestural explorations of colour and line.

Moran’s practice hovers in a productive space between figuration and abstraction. She paints over canvases found in flea markets and charity shops, blurring the found images beneath her layers of paint, evoking a deliberate sense of nostalgia and longing, as if unravelling a distant memory.

Katy Moran’s paintings reflect a responsive working process: shifting or rotating the canvas while painting, reworking textures, and reconsidering the shapes and figures that emerge. With this approach to painting along with the inclusion of collage, often partially obscured, her work conveys a deliberate tension between materiality and subject. Moran creates a dynamic push and pull between the addition and the removal of paint; some works exhibit thick application of paint, while in others the painterly gesture is removed with rags dipped in varnish or even by sanding. Via the oscillation between representation and abstraction, composition and narrative, texture and space, Moran engages thought and sense simultaneously.

Follow @KatyMoran123 on Instagram and visit her gallery Modern Art: https://modernart.net/artists/katy-moran

Katy Moran's new exhibition More Me is now open and runs until 1st April at Station, Melbourne, Australia.

Visit https://stationgallery.com

Katy Moran lives and works in Hertfordshire. She was born in Manchester in 1975 and completed an MA Fine Art in painting at the Royal College of Art, London in 2005. Moran’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Parasol Unit for Contemporary Art, London (2015); the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2013); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus (2010); Tate St. Ives (2009); and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK (2008). Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at Tate St. Ives (2018); Aspen Art Museum (2015); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2013); SFMOMA (2012); and Tate Britain, London (2008). Her work is included in important public and private collections including Arts Council Collection, London; David Roberts Art Foundation; Government Art Collection, London; The Rachofsky Collection, Dallas; Royal College of Art, London; Tate; SFMOMA; and Walker Art Center; Yale Center for British Art, New Haven; and Zabludowicz Collection.

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