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Artist Works

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    Kara Burrowes

    KB Structured Structure

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    Kara Burrowes

    KB Urban Banality I

Artist Biography

Kara Burrowes is a multimedia artist inspired by the urban landscape. By carefully observing the city scene both on a macro and a micro scale, Kara identifies items of interest that could be considered commonplace or disinteresting and reinterprets them into a new dialect of expression. To make sense of the complex landscape, Kara looks for pattern and often painstaking repetition, to compulsively re-layer vestiges from time. The resulting artworks are often reclassified into items that are precious and alluring with an emphasis on remnants and reuse. Her works are playful and engaging, balancing painterly with whimsy. Effort over time, and contemplation are key to the work.
Kara has a Bachelor Fine Arts from Canterbury University and a degree in Landscape Architecture from Lincoln University.
Bachelor Landscape Architecture (Hons)
Bachelor Fine Arts – Painting  
Graduate Diploma – Design
2017 Wallace Art Awards – Finalist
2009 Anthony Harper Contemporary Art Awards – Finalist
1999 Golden Key National Honour Award – In top 15% of students universities worldwide
1998 Bickerton-Widdowson Scholarship – Painting achievement at Canterbury School of Fine Arts
1995 Lonsdale Edgar Award – Top student at Canterbury School of Fine Arts
1995 Monier Award – National achievement for Landscape Architecture
Group Exhibition ‘Christmas Seventeen’, Chambers 241 Gallery, Christchurch
First Thursdays ‘Warp & Weft’ and ‘Growlers & Squealers’, Sydenham, Christchurch
Group Exhibition ‘Signature Dish’, Little River Gallery, Christchurch
Solo Exhibition ‘Overt Clandestine’, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland
First Thursdays Dreamscapes, ‘Whimsy’ and ‘Blind Date’, Sydenham, Christchurch
Duo Exhibition ‘Curiously Prosaic’, Chambers 241 Gallery, Christchurch
Solo Exhibition, ‘Citified Reiteration’, QB Studios, Addington, Christchurch
Group Exhibition ‘Christmas Show’, Chambers 241 Gallery, Christchurch
Living/Room Group Exhibition, Fendalton, Christchurch
First Thursdays ‘Smallville’ and ‘Menagarie’, Sydenham, Christchurch
Solo Exhibition, Auricle Gallery, Christchurch
Christmas Group Exhibition, Artbox Gallery, Christchurch
200×200 Group Exhibition, Kina Gallery, New Plymouth
Group Exhibition ‘InBox’, Artbox Gallery, Christchurch
Solo Exhibition, Rekindle, Christchurch
Group Exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
Group Exhibition, St James Theatre, Wellington
Solo Exhibition ‘Masquerading As Myself’, CoCA Gallery, Christchurch
Group Exhibition ‘Preview’, CoCA Gallery, Christchurch
Solo Exhibition ‘Skin’, CoCA Gallery, Christchurch
Group Exhibition ‘Set’, CoCA Gallery, Christchurch
Solo Exhibition ‘Breathe’, CoCA Gallery, Christchurch
Group Exhibition ‘Recent Works’, CoCA Gallery, Christchurch

Artist Exhibitions

  • 11th Dec 2018 - 22nd Dec 2018: CHRISTMAS 18

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  • 06th Mar 2018 - 24th Mar 2018: `Physis: Matter and Aliveness’ – Robyn Webster and `Hoopla’ – Karra Burrowes March 2018

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  • 12th Dec 2017 - 22nd Dec 2017: CHRISTMAS SEVENTEEN

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  • 18th Apr 2017 - 6th May 2017: Curiously Prosaic

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