Q + A: Kay Kane

NUDES, STILL LIFES AND LANDSCAPES ARE AMONG THE MANY SUBJECTS THAT RETAIN THE FASCINATION OF CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS ALUMNI KAY KANE.

Did you attend art school or are you self-taught?

I studied art all through my school years. This was followed by achieving a Diploma of Fine Art, a Bachelor of Fine Art through Central Saint Martins in London, and my DVA (post-graduate study) in Fine Art Painting at Queensland College of Art at Griffith University.

What’s a typical day in the studio for you?

I rise early and work for a few hours until breakfast (my indulgent husband always prepares it). After that, I attend to emails et cetera, and then back to the studio for another four or five hours.

What does your process involve?

My process for a painting is always to make a study drawing or painting in front of the motif, first of all. It is my belief that you never really see something until you draw or paint from it. I take photographs for reference but mostly I work from my drawing and my visual memory. Sometimes I do works en plein air, working directly from the motif.

Do you have particular subject matter you’re drawn to?

My subject matter is varied. I’d say I’m interested in painting or drawing anything – however, the nude in the landscape holds deep resonance for me.

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