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Kristy-Ann Duffy

Kristy-Ann is an Australian artist with a passion for birds.  More than just capturing a likeness of birds, Kristy-Ann wants to share some of those special moments she has spent watching birds through her art.  She endeavours to portray their unusual and fascinating behaviours, the beautiful places they live, and the funny things they do. Like black swans ripping green weed from the bottom of a river, tawny frogmouths magically materializing out of the bush, or grey fantails fan dancing amongst the trees.  To achieve this, Kristy-Ann likes to work from her own photos, she says her ideas and inspiration comes from watching the birds, not just the still photo.  She believes a painting should tell you something more than a photo; something about the character or behaviour of the bird, or the mood or feeling of the place or moment.

Whilst Kristy-Ann is a predominantly self-taught artist, she has attended many workshops to broaden her experience and skill set, learn new techniques, and gain fresh inspiration. These include classes at the Fremantle Arts Centre and Brisbane Institute of Art.

Kristy-Ann uses a range of different styles and techniques to portray different stories and capture the personality or behaviour of the birds. She sometimes uses line to add emphasis or suggest movement, and often uses more loose and expressive styles in the background but with finer detail in the birds face and eyes to capture the soul of the subject and draw the eye. She generally uses very bright and pure colours to produce bold paintings that are both true to the subject and her interpretation of the mood.  

Since her first solo exhibition at Percolator Gallery in July 2010, Kristy-Ann has had several more solo exhibitions (2015, 2018). She exhibits regularly at Yandina Historic House, with QWASI (Queensland Wildlife Art Society Incorporated) and other wildlife themed group exhibitions. She has received several awards at these exhibitions. Kristy-Ann also regularly participates in “Outside In” exhibitions at St. Vincent’s private hospitals; this is an initiative where artists display their art in the hallways to enliven the hospital for patients, visitors, and staff. Hospital staff say, “We see lots of positive changes in people because of the art”.


   


Awards and Recognition

2020 Highly commended for “Unmasked” at QWASI International Wildlife in Art Exhibition

2018 Runner up in People's Choice for “Rufous Masquerade” at QWASI Australia Wild Art Exhibition

2018 Runner up in People's Choice for “Paint the Town Scarlet” at THECA Art Exhibition, Chapel Hill

2018 Awarded local business sponsor prize for “Glamah” at Foot Square Exhibition, Aspire Gallery

2018 Awarded highly commended for “Propagation of Wild Rose” at QWASI International Wildlife in Art Exhibition

2017 Third place with design printed on cycling jerseys in Scody Cycling Brisbane Jersey Design Competition

2016 Commended Awards for “Albadango” and “There’s a Toucan out my Window” at QWASI International Wildlife in Art Exhibition

2016 Finalist in Brisbane City Council CityCat Design Competition - designs from all finalists are displayed inside the CityCat.

2015 Highly commended in judged award and winner of the People’s Choice award at Petite Pieces Exhibition at Aspire Gallery, Paddington

2014 Highly commended for “Fan-Dancing Fantails” at QWASI International Wildlife in Art Exhibition

 

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions:
2018 “Bird Tales” Solo Exhibition at Bulimba Library
Telling the stories of birds through paintings.

2015 “Through my Eyes” Solo Exhibition
In Kristy-Ann’s second solo exhibition at The Substation in Paddington she invited viewers to ‘See the Wonder of Birds Through my Eyes’.

2010 “Making my Mark” Solo Exhibition
In Kristy-Ann's first Solo exhibition at Percolator Gallery in July 2010 (dedicated to her husband), she revealed her love for birds, a passion she shared with her husband.  

Group Exhibitions:
2021 “Did U Know” Wildlife Art Exhibition, Cooroy Butter Factory
Increasing interest and awareness of SE Queensland Wildlife

2020 “Outside In” Exhibition, St. Vincent’s Private Hospital Kangaroo Point
Bringing some joy and colour of the outside world into the hospital.

2020 QWASI International Wildlife in Art Exhibition
Awarded highly commended for “Unmasked”.

2019 “Outside In” Exhibition, St. Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside
Bringing some joy and colour of the outside world into the hospital.

2019 Petite Pieces Exhibition, Aspire Gallery
Three paintings exhibited as Gallery Finalists.

2018 QWASI Australia Wild Art Exhibition
Runner up in People's Choice for “Rufous Masquerade”.

2018 THECA Art Exhibition, Chapel Hill
Runner up in People's Choice for “Paint the Town Scarlet”.

2018 Foot Square Exhibition, Aspire Gallery
Awarded local business sponsor prize for “Glamah”.

2018 QWASI International Wildlife in Art Exhibition
Awarded highly commended for “Propagation of Wild Rose”.

2017 “Outside In” Exhibition, St. Vincent’s Private Hospital
Bringing some joy and colour of the outside world into the hospital.

2016 QWASI International Wildlife in Art Exhibition
Commended Award for “Albadango”.
Commended Award for “There’s a Toucan out my Window”.

2016 “Outside In” Exhibition, St. Vincent’s Private Hospital
Bringing some joy and colour of the outside world into the hospital.
 
2015 “Outside In” Exhibition, St. Vincent’s Private Hospital
Bringing some joy and colour of the outside world into the hospital.

2015 Petite Pieces Exhibition at Aspire Gallery, Paddington
Highly commended in judged award and winner of the People’s Choice award.

2014 QWASI International Wildlife in Art Exhibition
Awarded highly commended for “Fan-Dancing Fantails”.

2014 Exhibited at the grand opening of the Flourish Interiors Showroom (Bulimba).

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