Kathryn Haug

My practice revolves around the physicality of paint, and the manipulation of paint to make new versions of things from reality. I aim to make the paint very obvious in my work, so the texture and consistency is evident: the thickness, stickiness, drips, blobs, streaks, scratches. It is something that awakens the sensation of touch, and invites the hand to touch, despite painting being a ‘visual’ art.

I enjoy the balance between controlling the paint and allowing it to be just paint: making careful, descriptive marks in some places, while letting the paint drip, smear or run in other places. As a result my paintings often have representational elements as well as abstract elements.

My work also investigates the act of making a representation of something directly from life. When working from life, as opposed to working from a photo, the subject matter is constantly changing, if only by small degrees, in colour, position, light, mood, etc. The sun moves over the landscape, or the model grows tired and his posture changes. This requires me to make quick or concise observations: to obtain some kind of grasp on the information before me while it remains relatively the same. Working from life also allows me to get a better understanding of aspects of the subject, such as colour, shape, light, texture and mood. I prefer to work quickly and complete the painting in one sitting if possible so that the paint is wet the whole time I am working on it. I feel this unifies the surface of the painting and allows the material qualities of the paint to show more clearly.

I choose my subject matter mainly based on its potential to be made with paint: often it is the three dimensional shape and the colours that interest me, or some possible relationship that can be made between the object and paint. I also choose subjects based on a sense of familiarity or memory. This gives me another level of understanding about the subject which may allow for greater accuracy or suggest alternate ways in which it could be made with paint.

I enjoy the look, feel and manipulation of paint: I want the viewer to experience this too.

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Kathryn Haug

Exhibitions

Artworks

KATHRYN HAUG - Blue Still Life KATHRYN HAUG - Blue Still Life
$1,900
KATHRYN HAUG - Bucket Game KATHRYN HAUG - Bucket Game
$1,100
KATHRYN HAUG - By the Hay Shed KATHRYN HAUG - By the Hay Shed
$1,400
KATHRYN HAUG - Glass & Spoon KATHRYN HAUG - Glass & Spoon
$950
KATHRYN HAUG - Hectare KATHRYN HAUG - Hectare
$2,200
KATHRYN HAUG - Tea Cup KATHRYN HAUG - Tea Cup
$950
KATHRYN HAUG - Three Pears KATHRYN HAUG - Three Pears
$1,100
KATHRYN HAUG - Cut KATHRYN HAUG - Cut
$1,200
KATHRYN HAUG - Extend KATHRYN HAUG - Extend
$1,700
KATHRYN HAUG - Behind the Fence (late afternoon) KATHRYN HAUG - Behind the Fence (late afternoon)
$950
KATHRYN HAUG - Clearing (afternoon) KATHRYN HAUG - Clearing (afternoon)
$1,500
KATHRYN HAUG - David Reading and Sleeping KATHRYN HAUG - David Reading and Sleeping
$1,100

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