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Out of Winter: Karen Annett-Thomas

28 November 2015 – 21 February 2016

Out of Winter presents a series of paintings by contemporary Australian artist Karen Annett-Thomas. Developed over the past year, this exhibition is an extension of the artist’s ongoing interest in the processes of memory and our attempts to bind it to material objects and written words. Combining a variety of media including beeswax, oil paint and plaster Annett-Thomas builds up tactile layers on her canvases creating a dynamic sculptural surface echoing the local landscape that informs her work. Each layer of medium conceals or reveals abstracted imagery and text, which offer starting points for contemplation.

Annett-Thomas grew up in western Victoria and in 2000 moved to Bendigo to study Painting and Drawing. Over the following seven years she completed undergraduate, honours and PhD degrees in Visual Art (Painting) at La Trobe University, Bendigo. Since graduating she has exhibited nationally and internationally.

Annett-Thomas is the second artist chosen to participate in Bendigo Art Gallery’s Going Solo initiative; a unique opportunity for a locally-based artist to work closely with Gallery curators to produce a new body of work for exhibition at the Gallery. The paintings on display have been selected from a larger body of work produced in preparation for this exhibition.


A full colour exhibition catalogue is available to purchase at Bendigo Art Gallery Shop

November 2035, 2014, oil, wax and earth on canvas. Image courtesy of the artist