Kate Briscoe, a now well-established Australian artist, whose current subject matter comprises a specific area of the Australian landscape, notably the Kimberley of the Northern Territory, was born in England and grew up on the South Coast of England. Her first landscapes were the coastal cliffs and rock formations along this coastline. Even as a child she appears to have always been drawn to the ‘ancient’ or ‘fossilised’ aspect of landscape; collecting pebbles and sand specimens from the beaches in and around Lyme Regis and the Isle of Wight.
Kate’s initial introduction to the Australian landscape (in the early 1970s) has shaped her art practice over the past 40 years. In Australia Kate found “extraordinary and exciting places where the Earth’s structure is weathered, worn and exposed…The massive river gorges and the coastal cliffs of the Kimberley demonstrate a long and amazing geological history, and give an abundance of visual information in terms of colour, structure and texture…[my] paintings are my tribute to the sublime, harsh beauty of this place.” (Kate Briscoe, 2013)