Kate Beynon is a female artist born in Hong Kong, currently working in Australia.
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Born Hong Kong, 1970; Arrived in Australia 1974: Lives and works Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Kate Beynon has held over 16 solo exhibitions since graduating from Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts in 1993. Informed by a diverse range of pictorial traditions including Western and Eastern comic books, animation, film, graffiti, calligraphy and fashion, Beynon’s works are a nexus of influences. Her paintings manifest the hybrid reality of today’s multicultural global citizen. In 1996 Beynon first exhibited images depicting Li Ji, a heroine drawn from an ancient Chinese legend, adapted into a contemporary urban warrior. Li Ji has become a central character in Beynon’s works, negotiating her way through a global landscape marked by politics of race and class.

Beynon has also participated in over 65 group exhibitions in Australia and overseas, including: The 2006 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2006; TarraWarra Biennial, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Yarra Valley, Victoria, 2006; C’town Bling: art and the youth demografik, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, 2005; Identity and Desire, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2005; MCA Collection: New Acquisitions in Context, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2005; A Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces 1985-2005, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne, 2005; The Plot Thickens; the narrative in Australia Art, Museum of Modern Art, Heide, Melbourne, 2004; Xin Nian: Contemporary Chinese Australian Art, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV:A, Melbourne; 2003: The Future in Every Direction: Joan Clemenger Endowment for Contemporary Australian Art, the Ian Potter Centre, NGV: A, Melbourne, 2003 ; See Here Now: Vizard Foundation Art Collection of the 1990s, the Ian Potter Museum , the University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 2002: Fieldwork; Australian Art 1968 – 2002; the Ian Potter Centre, NGV: A, Melbourne, 2002; Upstream: International Art Event, 400-year Anniversary of Dutch East Indies Co., The Netherlands, 2002; Tales of the Unexpected, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2002; Our Place: Issues of Identity in Australian Art, Monash University in Prato, Italy, 1999; Perspecta 99, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1999.

Beynon is scheduled to participate in Global Feminisms at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, in 2007. Beynon has held numerous solo exhibitions, including 6 exhibitions at Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Mixed Blood and Migratory Paths, The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand in 2005, plus regular showings at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Fitzroy; 1st Floor Artists’ & Writers’ Space, Fitzroy; Gallery 4A, Asia-Australia Arts Centre, Sydney; and also in a well-informed survey exhibition at Adelaide’s CACSA in 2002. Beynon held a studio residency at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, 2000-02, and has received numerous grants and awards from organisations such as Arts Victoria and Visual Arts/Craft Board of the Australia Council.

Kate Beynon is represented by Sutton Gallery in Melbourne, Australia

Peace Keeping Forces, 2006
Acrylic and aerosol enamel on canvas
183 × 183cm