Melbourne based visual artist and designer Katie McKinnon has developed a strong following with collectors, architects and interior designers internationally.
Katie's large scale mixed media works are informed by Australian land and seascapes, and address the immensity, fragility and resilience of the natural world. In her process-driven creative practice, Katie works intuitively beyond the brush using random mark making, pouring, collage and drawing techniques, often experimenting with found objects, natural pigments and organic materials.
Katie has studied contemporary painting at the Victorian College of the Arts, and her paintings and sculpture has been exhibited in numerous group and solo shows. Katie's work is part of private and corporate collections in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the UK, Europe and North America.
Katie has diversified her practice to design two sold out collections of NZ wool and art silk rugs for The Rug Collection, furniture, product packaging, textiles, and has developed a range of weather resistant outdoor sublimation prints on aluminium for residential, commercial and public art projects. Katie has collaborated with prominent brands and organisations, including Pureology and Ovarian Cancer Australia, and her work is regularly seen in publications and editorials, as part of projects featured in dezeen, est, The Design Files, archdaily, The Weekend Australian, The Local Project, The Age Domain (cover), Belle and Inside Out.
After a decade spent living and working in Switzerland, Katie now resides in Melbourne with her partner and their children.
Portrait of Katie by photographer Suzi Appel.
Styling by Bee Czarnota at DOMO Australia.