My passion is to interpret my love of Classical Music in Abstract Paintings.
My studio is in Brisbane, Australia and I am still enjoying painting my present theme of Music informing ART. It was Dr Terrence Hays that brought to mind the genius of Franz Liszt to me at the end of 2008.
After some research, I realized that it was Liszt who wrote `The Hungarian Rhapsody’ with which most people are so familiar. Paganini with his fast handling of the violin instrument, inspired Liszt to compose a piece for such fast and intricate playing on the piano keys. However, I found that later on in his life the Wagnerian influence on Liszt gave us the magnificent `Faust Symphony’. To me, it contains the notion of dilemma, of that choice between God and Mephistopheles.
As with many forms of fine art, classical music often aspires to communicate a transcendent quality of emotion, which expresses something universal about the human condition. While emotional expression is not a property exclusive to classical music but also other forms of art, this deeper exploration of emotion arguably allows the best classical music to reach what has been called the sublime in art. Many examples often cited in support of this, for instance Beethoven’s setting of Schilling’s poem, “Ode to Joy” in his 9th Symphony, which is often performed at occasions of national liberation or celebration, as in Leonard Bernstein’s famously performing the work to mark the occasion of the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, and the Japanese practice of performing it to observe the New Year.
I endeavour to reach the state of the sublime in my interpretation of the great composers of classical music. I hope that the spectator of this page will enjoy each art work while listening to the particular piece of music which inspired it.
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Kay was trained at Central School of Art and St Martin’s School of Art, London, UK under Bernard Meninsky and Hal Missingham. Kay has exhibited her artwork all over the world and has works in private and public collections including the Commonwealth Institute in London.
- 2006 Exhibition of `Classical Music in the Abstract’ works at the Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
- 1998 Featured as ‘Star of the Month’ in Australian ‘Women’s Art Register’. Worked on a series of oil paintings inspired by Paris sojourn and also a wood sculpture titled, ‘Beach Mother”.
- 1997 Exhibition ‘Australian in Paris’ at the Galerie le 15 Miromesnil, Paris, France.
- 1996 Exhibition of ‘silk-works’ in Toulouse, France.
- 1993 – 1995 Mixed gallery exhibitions
- 1991 Mural Painting commissioned by the Efamol Research Institute, Nova Scotia in recognition of Dr. David F.Horrobin, whose pioneering research work helped to elucidate the physiology and biochemistry of the omega-3 and omega-6 EFAs.
- 1991 Exhibition of water-colours and acrylics of local scenery & native Canadian folklore, Nova Scotia, Canada.
- 1986-1988 Paintings exhibited at local galleries in Brisbane and Gold Coast.
- 1985 Exhibition of works on paper, Willows Gallery, Nova Scotia, Canada.
- 1980 Exhibition, Schonell Theatre Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.
- 1979 Participation in mixed exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney galleries.
- 1978 Exhibition of ‘SILK-WORKS’ and oil paintings at the Qantas Art Gallery in Bond St. London, followed by an exhibition of `SILK-WORKS’ and oil paintings at the Colbert Gallery, Montreal, Canada.
- 1976 Redcliffe Art Prize, Queensland, Australia.
- 1975 Performance Art Event `Gough Whitlam’s Dismissal’, Brisbane City Hall, Australia.
- 1974 Indooroopilly Art Prize,Qld.
- 1973 Mixed Exhibitons given in Townsville & Brisbane (Young Masters Gallery 1).
- 1972 Two person exhibition (Young Australian Gallery, Brisbane, Australia).
- 1972 Eight panel mural for the University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia.
- 1972 Aquisitive Art Prize, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Qld, Australia.
- 1971 Exhibition in oils at Gallery Africa, Nairobi, Kenya.
- 1960 Awarded Caltex Art Prize, Kampala, Uganda, East Africa
- 1953-1961 Resident artist for the British Protectorate Informaton Dept ,Uganda, East Africa. Work included: Eight 4ft x 8ft Murals for the Entebbe Airport; and An Illustrated Loyal Address to Queen Elizabeth in honour of her visit to East Africa, from the Muzabe of Ankole. It was painted on the skin of an African Royal Drum. This is now on permanent display in the Commonwealth Institute, London.