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Kay McGowan was born and raised in Northern England. She trained as a stylist and became a successful salon owner. During this time, she became renowned for her creativity with colours and shapes. She was also fascinated on many occasions how casual conversations became the emotive retelling of long forgotten memories.
Kay’s art has developed during the ten years she has lived in New Zealand to become a collection of abstract work designed to provoke the viewer into some emotional a connectivity with a latent feeling of hidden memory. The affecting colours, textures and shapes and the simplicity of the images are meant to be vehicles to access your past.
“The main themes and ideas that I’m working on are issues related to reconstruction, rebuilding, repairing and reforming. This could involve individuals, the planet and society. The subjects invariably allude to the human body, either in terms of form, or in terms of objects that we have close associations with in our daily lives. These familiar forms belie the complex, emotionally charged and often contradictory ‘narratives contained within them and which are exposed with closer interaction.”
Kay McGowan has completed her Bachelor of Applied arts degree in Whangarei.
Kay works in her studio from her home in Kerikeri.
Kay’s growing collection has been displayed in many exhibitions, local galleries and in Northland businesses. She has also sold her work to private collectors locally, nationally and internationally, a number requesting personal commissions.