Kathryn Junor is visual artist who lives on the Surf Coast in Victoria. After a long career as a graphic designer she has turned her hand to landscape painting and since 2017, has been making art full time. Initially her subject matter was the local coastal environment but more recently she has taken to the road and introduced plein air processes into her practice. Kathryn regularly exhibits her oils at art fairs, private galleries and has undertaken numerous private commissions.
With a focus on geological formations, Kathryn Junor’s oil paintings are not simply a translation of places in-situ, they are an expression of her lived and imaginary experiences of the place. Her work is influenced by the cubist movement and the way these painters reduced their subjects to geometric forms. Kathryn’s palletes are formed by saturating hints of colours found in nature. By combining these distinct shapes and hues, and in tandem with strong graphic qualities, Kathryn’s work straddles abstraction and representational approaches to painting. This new series of work was undertaken after a day trip to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park which gave Kathryn a glimpse of a landscape she needed to paint. Returning for a week on a houseboat, Kathryn was able to emmerse herself in this striking sandstone bushland scenery. She made these paintings at her studio by referencing plein air sketches and paintings. These paintings include her three favourite geological elements in abundance: rugged cliffs, bushland and water.