Melbourne based visual artist and designer Katie McKinnon has developed a strong following with collectors throughout Australia, New Zealand, Europe and North America.
Katie's large scale mixed media works are informed by Australia's underwater gardens, marine flora and native fish species, and address the immensity and fragility of the underwater world, coral mortality and marine conservation, in particular the plight of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Katie works intuitively to merge the ethereal and the everyday.
Katie has exhibited paintings and sculpture in numerous group and solo shows, and in 2017 studied Contemporary Painting at the Victorian College of the Arts. Her work is part of private and corporate collections in Australia, France, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and North America, and has been featured on The Block, Postcards (CH9), The Style School, fashion and lifestyle blogs The Interiors Addict, Australian Design Review, Rebecca Judd Loves, Rochelle Currie, The Home Journal, Who Loves That, and in the publications Belle, Inside Out, Home Beautiful, Scoop, Artichoke, Mezzanine, HOUSES, HeraldSun, The Weekend Australian and Sydney Morning Herald, Adore Home, Jetstar and Virgin Australia in-flight magazines, and Australian Modern Home.
Katie has released a range of limited edition giclée prints of her work, has designed a collection of NZ wool and art silk rugs for The Rug Collection, furniture, lighting and architectural hardware for Melbourne design studio VÄN OBJECTS, and in 2018 will release a textile collection of tableware, bed linen and accessories.
After a decade spent living and working in Switzerland, Katie now resides in Melbourne with her partner and two sons.
Portrait of Katie by photographer Suzi Appel.
Styling by Bee Czarnota at DOMO Australia.