Kirsty Budge

Kirsty Budge’s work shifts between abstraction and figuration. In her new exhibition The Doing, Budge reflects on self and place, and the connection between the interior life and studio and domestic space. The works connect personal experiences, thought patterns, observations and environments through intuitive processes. Real and imagined forms are combined on the same picture plane and, through the process of mark-making, each is given equal value in the space of the painting. The structure of each painting emerges through a lengthy process of excavation and application by the artist, resulting in an image that is both a response to and a construction of a personal narrative.

Recent works by Budge incorporate a specific language that utilises pop culture as reference and also incorporates both historical and contemporary literary, artistic and social justice heroes/icons/commentators in ‘conversation’ with reality stars. Acting as a level bridge between personal experience and the final image, these references are used to mirror Budge’s personal behaviours, emotions and self-care strategies. Using humour and emotional vulnerability Budge aims to synthesise the challenge of how to live with oneself and others in a progressive and conscious way. In The Doing, Budge has become more explicitly personal and introspective, observing and documenting her daily life and environment and using the painting process and cast of references to interpret her own experience.

Kirsty Budge is a New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based artist. Recent exhibitions include NADA New York (Daine Singer, 2018); Gawkalitis, Daine Singer (2017), The Painters are In, Spring 1883 (Daine Singer, 2016), and I’m not desperate, you’re desperate, Sarah Scout Presents (2016). Group exhibitions include Killing Time, Chapter House Lane (2018); VCA 150 alumni 9x5, Margaret Lawrence Gallery (2017), Painting. More Painting, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (2016), Spinnerei Leipzig, Germany (2016), Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery (2017), Return, Daine Singer (2015), Man, Tristian Koenig (2015); Pretty Shit, Incidents Above a Bar (2015) and Paintings, C3 (2014).

In 2018 Budge undertook a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, as recipient of an Art Gallery of New South Wales Studio Scholarship, and in 2019 will undertake a residency at the Caselberg Trust on the Otago Peninsula, New Zealand.

Budge has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from the Victorian College of the Arts, where she was recipient of the 2014 Stirling Collective Award for Painting. Her work is in the collections of Artbank and the City of Port Philip.

Kirsty Budge (b.1981, Auckland, lives Melbourne)

2014 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting),Victorian College of the Arts

Solo Exhibitions
2019 (forthcoming) The Doing, Daine Singer, Melbourne
2017  Gawkalitis, Daine Singer, Melbourne
2016  The Painters Are In, Daine Singer at Spring 1883, Melbourne
2016  I’m not desperate you’re desperate, Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne

Group Exhibitions
2019 Melbourne comes to Sydney, Home @ 735, Sydney
2018 Spring 1883, Hotel Windsor, Melbourne
2018  Daine Singer at NADA New York, USA
2019 Killing Time, Chapter House Lane, Melbourne
2017  Daine Singer at Spring 1883, Sydney
2017  Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery
2017  9x5, VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne
2017  Present, VCA Art Space, Melbourne
2016  Daine Singer at Invited, Spinnerei Leipzig, Germany
2016  Painting. More Painting, ACCA, Melbourne
2015  Return, Daine Singer, Melbourne
2015  Another, Another One, Easey St Studios, curated by Emma-Jo Davies
2015  Tide, C3 Contemporary Art Space, curated by Justin Hinder
2015  MAN, Tristian Koenig, Collingwood, Melbourne
2015  Pretty Shit, Incidents above a Bar, Melbourne, curated by Colleen Ahern and Mark Hislop
2014  Go Well, with Ro Noonan, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne
2014  Faux Museum, C3 fundraiser curated by Kate Tucker and Melissa Loughnan
2014  VCA Graduate Exhibition, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
2014  Paintings, C3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne 

Site-specific Projects
2013  7x3m Mural - South Lawn Carpark, University of Melbourne

2018 Nadiah Abdulrahim, Kirsty Budge - The Doing’, catalogue essay, Daine Singer, Melbourne 2019
2017  Brodie Lancaster, 'Kirsty Budge - Gawkalitis', catalogue essay, Daine Singer, Melbourne 2017 >>
2017  Artist Kirsty Budge in her own words, University of Melbourne, 2017 >>
2016  Painting. More Painting, ex. cat. ACCA, Melbourne 2016
2016  Dan Rule, 'Our pick of the best exhibitions in town', The Age, 8 April 2016 >>
2015  Dan Rule, 'What to see in Melbourne Galleries this week', The Age, 11 December 2015 >>
2015  Tai SnaithReview of 'Man Group Show', Smart Arts 3RRR, 19 March 2015
2015  Dan Rule, The Age 'What to see in Melbourne Galleries this week', 27 March 2015 >>
2013  Annemarie Kiely, 'Rooftop Art Space', Vogue Living March 2013 >>

Grants and Awards
2018  Art Gallery of New South Wales Studio Scholarship, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
2017  Finalist, Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery
2014  Stirling Collective Award for Painting, Victorian College of the Arts
2014  Creative Artist Grant, University of Melbourne Student Union