Kathryn Dolby

Kathryn Dolby is a visual artist who paints from her home studio in the Northern Rivers, NSW, Australia. Kathryn’s paintings reflect her curiosity about the quiet, in-between moments of everyday life. Through an intuitive and expressive exploration of colour and reductive forms, her current investigations have become emotive responses to the world around her through depictions of landscape.


In 2014 Kathryn completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts at SCU in Lismore and was awarded the Lismore Regional Gallery Graduate Award. As a result of this Kathryn had her first solo exhibition in the Lismore Regional Gallery in 2015. During her time at university she was awarded the Camera House Visual Arts Scholarship and the Kaske award for printmaking.


In the subsequent years Kathryn has been a finalist in the Hurford Harwood Portrait Prize, The Waverley Art Prize and was the winner of the BAM art prize for 2020. She has exhibited in various regional galleries and most recently with Amber Creswell Bell and Michael Reid Studio Direct in Sydney and Berlin. Kathryn is now represented by Otomys Contemporary in Victoria and the United Kingdom.


‘My studio-based practice is centred on an intuitive exploration of paint, with an interest in conveying an emotive resonance with place. Through reclaimed visual information collected from my surroundings such as colour, shapes within the home or backyard; I reduce form and layer paint in order to then find a quiet and contemplative sense of the in-between. This ambiguous middle ground is where I playfully explore the blur between abstraction and representation, between movement and stillness, between order and chaos.’ – Kathryn Dolby.