By: Kaitlin Beckett
Medium: Acrylic, gouache, watercolour and pastel on playing card
Bio: Kaitlin Beckett is a painter, illustrator and sculptor working in Melbourne, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. Her mixed media paintings and assemblage sculptures form a curious bestiary of creatures from the sea, air, land and subconscious; expressing a surreal narrative rich in symbolism, humour and biological paradox. Influenced by quirks of the natural world, mythology and dreams, her art illustrates dystopian post-apocalyptic scenes in which slightly humanoid characters adapt, hybridise and evolve in awkward and impractical ways. Emphasis is placed on texture, line and detail by layering acrylics, gouache, pencils and pastel. Kaitlin also incorporates random splatters, stencils and airbrushing, alongside traditional painting and drawing techniques. She has held several solo exhibitions in Melbourne; exhibited in Australia, New Zealand, America, England, Japan, and Canada; and her works have been collected throughout the world.
Artist Statement: The two of hearts card symbolises love and the search for a soulmate. My deep sea diving bird is based on the Royal Spoonbill – during breeding season they grow a tuft of feathers at the back of their heads and brightly coloured patches on their otherwise dark grey faces. This one’s suit has a heart pattern and he’s on a deep dive looking for someone special.
Size: 20.2cm (w) x 28cm (h) x 0.1cm (d)
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