Sunday, October 18, 2009

Another Big Month Ahead at KiLN!

The work of Japanese born, and now Brisbane-based artist, Ai Shah, is a well kept secret set to be unveiled at KiLN Gallery in November.

From her Highgate Hill studio, Ai develops her beautifully atmospheric photo-realist works, applying her incredible talent to the vistas of Maleny, Lismore, Elanda Point and many more.

Ai combines an Eastern aesthetic with a fascination for the Australian landscape to create her detailed works.

“It’s quite astonishing that having lived in Australia for only 12 months, Ai is able to capture the depth and detail of this landscape. She also grasps the expanse and character of the Australian landscape, and is able to depict the beautiful melancholy of this place” observes curator Tom Francis.

“My interest in landscapes comes from the feeling of building an intimate relationship with nature and society through painting. I especially enjoy the particular moment in the process of each painting when the brush becomes an instrument for breathing life into the canvas. In this series of Australian landscapes, I have been particularly struck by the way light affects the mood of each scene” explains Ai.

KiLN prides itself on showing a number of clearly talented young emerging artists each year, and is thrilled to be present Ai’s first solo exhibition, revealing her incredible talent to Brisbane audiences.

Visitors to KiLN Gallery next month will see the latest work from Queensland shoemakers Jackie Orme Ward and Adrian Lockwood of Pendragon, who have been catapulted onto the international fashion scene recently in a photo shoot for Italian Vogue.

With their specially designed Pendragon boots afoot models wearing Prada, John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood, these ‘aussie cobblers’ are now part of an elite fraternity whose product has been shot by international celebrity and high fashion photographer Steven Meisel.

'We were stunned when [New York stylist] Karl Templar’s assistant rang us and asked us for boots for Italian Vogue,' Jackie said.

They had stumbled upon Pendragon’s website while searching for very special footwear to pair with the couture pieces already sourced for the shoot.

'Initially we thought it was a hoax’, says Jackie, ‘but we soon realised it was a great opportunity for us to be part of something extraordinary.'

Within the space of a week, the talented duo designed and created nine pairs of men’s and women’s boots for the iconic Oliver Twist shoot, which highlights the boots in dramatic and playful poses.

‘We had very little sleep and worked like we were in a pressure cooker
’, says Jackie, ‘We were still putting shoe laces in boots and nailing heels on while waiting for the international courier!’.

Brisbane audiences will be the first to view Pendragon's new range, To Have and To Hold, from 6-29 November at KiLN Gallery.

The collection was inspired by an old parchment covered in ink calligraphy from the 1770’s. They have printed these scripts on the linings, soles and heels of boots and shoes that also feature velvets, braids, tapestries, playing cards and even a lion’s head handle sourced from an antique clock at a local dump.

To Have and To Hold opens at KiLN Gallery Friday 6 November and continues until Sunday 29 November, alongside the work of painter Ai Shah.

Check out Pendragon's new website:

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The beetles are crawling away, the flowers closing their sleepy heads and the fish are swimming to deeper waters!

fishFLOWERbeetle, KiLN gallery's very successful September exhibition is closing today. Sarah Mitchell's exceptional works have drawn crowds of art lovers seeking a look at her carefully crafted, handcoloured lino cuts and they have been very impressed with what they've seen.

We now welcome the 2009 BARI festival, and are excited to have works by some of Brisbane's most talented emerging artists in the gallery. Opening on the 10th of October this exhibition will be featured in the gallery right through until the end of October.

Jamie Congdon, 2009.

On the 11th of October KiLN is proud to host the KiLN Classics concert again featuring exquisite string music by the Brisbane Chamber Collective. Also, we are very proud to have highly regarded curator Alison Kubler speaking at this event, discussing the climate for emerging artists in Brisbane, and the growth of the arts scene in Brisbane. For tickets to this concert and speaking event please call KiLN on 3876 6903

Thursday, September 10, 2009

NEWS: The BARI Festival, KiLN Classics and fishFLOWERbeetle

A sneak preview of Pirate Tea Set
by Ky Curran in collaboration with her children Bunya and Sisi

  • The BARI (Brisbane Artist Run Initiatives) Festival opens at KiLN on Saturday 10 October. This exhibition will feature photography, painting and sculpture by up-and-comers Josh Rufford, Ky Curran with Bunya and Sisi, Carly Kotynski, Tammy Law and more to be annouced! See the programme below and visit for more info about what the participating spaces have on offer.10-2pm Saturday 10 October Jewellery workshop with Madeleine Brown
Make a silver ring or pendant 10am-2pm $50 (all materials INC)
5-8pm Saturday 10 October KiLN Exhibition opening FREE
  • Tickets are already selling fast for KiLN Classics 5-7pm Sunday 11 October. The Brisbane Chamber Collective will inspire us with another exquisite strings performance. See the programme below for details. Tickets are $25. To purchase your ticket, phone us on 3876 6903, or email

Antonín Dvorák - Terzetto Op. 74 for 2 Violins and Viola,
Béla Bartók - Hungarian Folk Melodies for Violin and Cello,
Hugo Wolf - Italian Serenade
Frank Bridge - Sally in Our Alley for String Quartet

Performed by :
Nicole McMahon, violin
Emily Clark, violin
Tuuli Rantanen, viola
Nick Jensen, cello

  • Sarah Mitchell's divinely dark and whimisical exhibition, fishFLOWERbeetle has been extended until Sunday 27 September, so if you haven't yet seen the show, be sure to pop by before then!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Coming up at KiLN

Note correct dates for KiLN Classics:
5-7pm Sunday 30 August
not 2 August as stated in the invite!

Sarah Mitchell's fishFLOWERbeetle - a preview

When the Flower Beetles Flowered II

The Carbon Neutral Tulip

Cooloolo's Patterned Fish

Phil Brown's Rave Review of The Illustrators

We were very proud to be featured in the latest issue of Brisbane News, with a fantastic review of The Illustrators exhibition by Phil Brown. Click on the image above to zoom in and read the review! (Brisbane News, August 12-18, page 29)