Key pieces from the Bergin's artistic practice spanning the past 25 years.
Kate Bergin's works revel in the unusual, the precarious and the unexpected. Far from 'still', these paintings quiver with movement, laughter and life. It is impossible to ignore their vitality. Animals poised to leap from the canvas, birds to take flight; compositions on the brink of collapse. Bergin’s work, intoxicating and absurd, captures the mundane and the exotic in virtuosic detail.
Drawing inspiration from 17th century Dutch and Spanish still life painting as well as Australia’s own John Brack, her sublime and surreal table-top variants are evocative of a journey towards meaning through the squawking and rummaging distractions of our daily existence. These anthropomorphisms capture an essential harmony between a savage nature and contemporary culture. Transcendent, resilient and free-spirited; an expedition through the absurd.
Bergin holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Victoria College of the Arts and has been the recipient of a number of major awards, including the Albany Art Prize, The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize (Highly Commended), the Arthur Guy Memorial Art Prize (People’s Choice) and the Sulman Prize (Finalist). Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group shows and is held in important collections including the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Bendigo Art Gallery.