Kerrie Warren

"‘Big Developments’ 2016"


Diptych 160 cm x 320 cm

"‘Big Developments’ 2016"


Diptych 160 cm x 320 cm

"‘Big Developments’ 2016"


Diptych 160 cm x 320 cm


"‘Big Developments’ 2016"


Diptych 160 cm x 320 cm

"‘Big Developments’ 2016"


Diptych 160 cm x 320 cm

"‘Big Developments’ 2016"


Diptych 160 cm x 320 cm


"‘Big Developments’ 2016"


Diptych 160 cm x 320 cm

"Sculpted, Metallic Experiments"

‘Acrylic on Linen’ VCA

"‘Big Developments’ 2016"




"‘Big Developments’ 2016"



"‘Big Developments’ 2016"



"‘Big Developments’ 2016"




"‘Big Developments’ 2016"



"‘Big Developments’ 2016"



"‘Big Developments’ 2016"




"‘Big Developments’ 2016"



"‘Big Developments’ 2016"



"‘Big Developments’ 2016"




"‘Big Developments’ 2016"



‘Impermanence – Nature’s Embrace’ 2016

‘Impermanence – Nature’s Embrace’ 2016

Acrylic on Linen
190 cm x 430 cm

‘Fallen Shadows’ 2015

‘Fallen Shadows’ 2015

Acrylic on Linen
170 cm x 160 cm


‘My Side of the River’ 2014

‘My Side of the River’ 2014

Acrylic on Linen
135 x 740 cm (quadriptych)

‘Snow Gums’ 2015 (miniature)

‘Snow Gums’ 2015 (miniature)

Acrylic on Linen
Diptych 2 x 35 cm x 35 cm… total length 70 cm + spacing

‘Matchsticks’

‘Matchsticks’

Acrylic on Linen, Triptych
135 cm x 585 cm + spacing


‘Wild Bouquet’

‘Wild Bouquet’

Acrylic on Linen, Diptych
185 cm h x 270 cm + spacing

‘Autumn Dance’

‘Autumn Dance’

Acrylic on Linen, Diptych
115 x 336 cm

‘River Reprieve’

‘River Reprieve’

Acrylic on Linen
150 cm x 180 cm


‘As the Crow Flies’

‘As the Crow Flies’

Acrylic on Linen, Diptych
100 cm x 200 cm + spacing

‘After the Fires’ ‘Finalist’

‘After the Fires’ ‘Finalist’



‘After the Fires’ 2

‘After the Fires’ 2

Acrylic on Linen
86 cm x 86 cm


‘Moon Tides’ 2014

‘Moon Tides’ 2014

Acrylic on Linen
150 cm x 180 cm

‘Moon Tides’ inspired fashion by Chrissy Glover, student at Fashion and Fibres

‘Moon Tides’ inspired fashion by Chrissy Glover, student at Fashion and Fibres

Acrylic on Linen
150 cm x 180 cm

‘Drop Nets’ 2, 2013

‘Drop Nets’ 2, 2013

Acrylic on Linen
140 cm x 240 cm


‘Boxed Jellies’ 2013

‘Boxed Jellies’ 2013

Acrylic on Belgian Linen, Diptych
180 cm x 360 cm

‘Sea Storm’ 2013

‘Sea Storm’ 2013

Acrylic on Linen
140 cm x 240 cm

‘Ghost Nets’

‘Ghost Nets’

Acrylic on Linen


‘Fish Nets’

‘Fish Nets’

Acrylic on Belgian Linen
140 cm x 240 cm

‘Moon Tides’

‘Moon Tides’

Acrylic on Linen

‘Drop Nets’

‘Drop Nets’

Acrylic on Linen
140 cm x 240 cm


‘Netting the Coral Sea’ 1

‘Netting the Coral Sea’ 1

Acrylic on Linen

‘Breakwater Breakout’

‘Breakwater Breakout’

Acrylic on Linen
140 cm x 240 cm

‘Catch of the Day’

‘Catch of the Day’

Acrylic on Linen
140 cm H x 200 cm L (diptych)


‘Fishing Pool’

‘Fishing Pool’

Acrylic on Linen
137 cm x 183 cm

‘Purple Meanies’ (Jelly Fish)

‘Purple Meanies’ (Jelly Fish)

Acrylic on Linen

‘Catching Waves’

‘Catching Waves’

Acrylic on Linen
120 cm x 240 cm


‘Sea Storm’

‘Sea Storm’

Acrylic on Linen

‘Pink Sky at Night’

‘Pink Sky at Night’

Acrylic on Linen

Over the years the natural environment has had a significant influence on my work. 

I hold onto my ephemeral existence as a human being and observe in wonderment at the landscape around me… the glorious array of colours, intertwining textural layers and organic patterns of random occurrence create sensations and inspire experiences within that later flow out onto the canvas.

Through the paint I am able to access a deeper connection to my inner self.  A merging of physical action and metaphysical awareness takes place and I find myself inside the painting, acutely conscious of the present moment.  I become emotionally and physically consumed as I move, pour, dribble, splatter and throw.

There is an emphasis on approach and feel as a kaleidoscope of various possibilities are consciously deliberated throughout the process. My personal experiences and spiritual connection with life itself, take form to become visual metaphors that highlight my own fragility within this ever changing world. 

Kerrie Warren 2015

Born in Melbourne in 1968, Kerrie Warren spent her childhood moving from place to place in Australia, mainly in Victoria.  From a very young age she found herself reading and writing poetry, drawing and painting to keep an emotional balance.  It was through poetry and ceramics that Kerrie first experienced ‘working in the moment’ and she soon discovered Abstract Expressionism, developing  a deep fascination for spontaneous, instinctive mark making, inspiring her to complete a Diploma of Transpersonal Art Therapy at the Phoenix Institute in Melbourne (then known as the Ikon Institute).

Warren has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions since 2004.  She coordinated ‘Wild Dogs from Down Under’ in 2007 (a group of six artists who toured with their work as part of a Cultural Exchange through Regional Galleries in Australia, Parliament House in Melbourne and JiuJiang in China.   In December 2008, Kerrie Warren was represented by Art Platform Sydney at the Guangzhou International Art Fair, and in 2009 exhibited works at Agora Gallery in Chelsea New York.  The artist took part in a group exhibition at the REDSEA Gallery in Singapore during that same year and went on to produce a powerful body of work directly influenced by the Black Saturday Fires (in Victoria) which toured with ‘Fields of View’ through Regional Galleries in Victoria during 2010, making a special presentation in Queen’s Hall Parliament House Melbourne and Federation Square in 2011.

In February 2012 Warren’s painting ‘Shadow Land’ was awarded First Prize for Best Painting ‘Avant Garde’ at the Edrington Grand Art Exhibition by Judge Jon Dwyer.  The artist was invited to hold a major solo exhibition at the Latrobe Regional Gallery in Morwell (September – November 2014) where a 4mt x 6mt painting ‘The Bonfire’ was installed ‘on the floor’ for visitors to view as a work in progress alongside the looping 15 minute documentary ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ filmed by Darryl Whitaker.

Settled in Crossover ‘West Gippsland’ Victoria, the artist enjoys the peaceful country lifestyle whilst focusing on her large scale abstract works and current studies (Masters of Contemporary Art) Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.

New York Review

KERRIE WARREN, ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST

After attaining a diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy, with the idea that it would provide her with a means of support while following her true path as a painter, Warren eventually discovered that she had been drawn to painting primarily “for my own healing and evolvement as a person, as an artist.”

Thus she now paints full-time in her rural studio in Crossover, Victoria, approximately an hour from the capital city of Melbourne.  Yet, ironically, it would appear that the curative aspect of her work may still be more contagiously extensive than she thinks, given the serenity that radiates out from her paintings when one encounters them in a gallery context.

“My reference points are internal, my influences are environmental and I feel a deep connection with nature and the energy of life,” Warren states; all of which may account in part for the meditative feeling of peaceful calm that her work promotes in the viewer.

But in purely painterly terms, her technique also has a great deal to do with it.

Unlike many Australian artists who look closer to home for artistic models, attempting to emulate well known Australian modern painters such as Sidney Nolan or Brett Whitely, Warren was drawn to Abstract Expressionism.  Of the artists in that American movement, she is closest in both spirit and technique to those who work in an ‘overall’ mode of composition such as Milton Resnick, and, especially, Richard Pousette-Dart, who once stated, “I am an artist of the spirit, not of the brute physical form.”

The same might be said of Warren, whose thickly encrusted surfaces seem to undergo a magical metamorphosis from the material to the ethereal and emit actual light.  A strong sense of movement also comes into play in her large acrylics on canvas.

The vital new field of quantum physics provides Warren with some of her inspiration.  In an artist’s statement she speaks of ‘the tracking and marking of energy,” as well as “finding patterns within chaos” that enables the viewer, with the slightest perceptual shift of vision, to arrest the movement that she generates with her vigorous swirling strokes and discover the serene stillness at the heart of her compositions.  And this duality of effect, manifesting in the constant perceptual shifts that occur as one contemplates her paintings for prolonged periods of time, is what distinguishes Warren’s work significantly from that of Abstract Expressionist predecessors like Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning.

For Kerrie Warren appears to have evolved the capacity, through the layering of intricate tiny strokes of mainly pure primary hues that ultimately seem to meld into a single energy field, to simultaneously animate and stabilize all activity on the picture plane, and finally apprehend the calm stillness at the center of the painterly storm.

New York Review by Maureen Flynn

Gallery & Studio Magazine, New York

June / July / August 2009

Solo Exhibitions:

2015 ‘My Side of the River’ Yering Station, Yarra Glen Victoria

2014 ‘A Work in Progress’ Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell Victoria ‘Pop up Exhibition’ Mingara Gallery, Cowes Victoria

2012 ‘Salt Water Series’ Hawthorn Studio & Gallery, Melbourne Victoria ‘My Abstract World’ West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul Victoria

2011 ‘Retrospective’ Jinks Creek Winery Gallery, Gippsland Victoria

2010 ‘Out of the Studio’ West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul Victoria ‘Big Journey’ Jinks Creek Winery Gallery, Gippsland Victoria

2008 ‘Patterns in Chaos’ Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell Victoria

2007 ‘Decades of Devotion’ West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul Victoria

2006 ‘Abstract Moments’ Moda Rouge, Black Rock Victoria

2004 ‘Through My Rose Coloured Windows’ Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell Victoria ‘Through My Rose Coloured Windows’ West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul Victoria

Group Exhibitions:

2015 ‘Proud’ Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Southbank Melbourne, VCA student-curated ‘Joy to the Other World’ Master of Contemporary Art, VCA, Curated by Irene Hanenbergh ‘Finalist’ Outback Regional Gallery, Winton Queensland

2014 ‘9 by 5’ Walker Street Gallery & Arts Centre, Melbourne Victoria ‘Inspired by Birds’ Serigraph Gallery, Gippsland Victoria ‘Finalist’ Outback Regional Gallery, Winton Queensland

2013 ‘Parallax Art Fair’ New York City USA ‘Select Artists’ REDSEA Gallery, Brisbane Queensland ‘Unguarded Moments’ West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul Victoria

2012 ‘Select Artists’ REDSEA Gallery, Brisbane Queensland

2011 ‘Emergence: Art on the Move’ Federation Square Atrium, Melbourne Victoria ‘Emergence: Art on the Move’ Federation Square Big Screen, Melbourne Victoria ‘Elements of Australia’ REDSEA Gallery, Brisbane Queensland ‘God of Carnage’ Off the Leash Theatre, West Gippsland Arts Centre ‘Australia to Canada’ Gippsland Artists, Quesnel Canada ‘Little Treasures’

2011 Trevisan International Art, Bologna Italy

2010 ’10 x 4’ Artist Program Artistry Galleries, Melbourne Victoria ‘Fields of View’ on tour Maffra Exhibition Space (Sale Regional), Maffra Victoria ‘Fields of View’ on tour Warrnambool Art Gallery, Warrnambool Victoria ‘Fields of View’ on tour Walker Street Gallery, Melbourne Victoria ‘Fields of View’ on tour Maroondah Art Gallery, Melbourne Victoria ‘Little Treasures’

2010 Trevisan International Art, Bologna Italy

2009 ‘The Substance of Abstraction’ Agora Gallery, New York City USA ‘Australia’ REDSEA Gallery, Dempsey Hill Singapore ’10 x 4’ Artist Program Artistry Galleries, Melbourne Victoria ‘Regionalis’ Red Gallery, Melbourne Victoria ‘Eco’ Regeneration after the Fires Jinks Creek Winery Gallery, Gippsland Victoria ‘24th Annual Women’s Exhibition’ ARC, Gippsland Victoria

2008 ‘Unleashed’ Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell Victoria ‘Gumbay’, China Influence’ on tour West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul Victoria ‘Gippsland’ on tour, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale Victoria ‘Guangzhou International Art Fair’ Art Platform, Guangzhou China

2007 ‘Gippsland’ on tour Government of JiuJiang, Jiangxi Province China ‘Gippsland’ on tour Burrinja Gallery, Upwey Victoria ‘Gippsland’ on tour Queens Hall Parliament House, Melbourne Victoria ‘Gippsland’ on tour JiuJiang, Jiangxi Province China ‘Baw Baw Shire Council Acquisition Exhibition’ West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul Victoria

2006 ‘Gippsland’ on tour West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul Victoria ‘Gippsland’ on tour Meeniyan Art Gallery, Meeniyan Victoria

2005 ‘Baw Baw Shire Council Acquisition Exhibition’ West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul Victoria ‘Gippsland Panorama Art of the South Coast’ Yarram Town Hall, Yarram Victoria 1997 ‘Group Exhibition’ Cowwarr Art Space, Cowwarr Victoria 

‘Like Wild Fire’ 2015

‘Like Wild Fire’ 2015

Acrylic on Linen
122 cm x 198 cm
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