PROJECT Spencer Lane
CLIENT Brisbane City Council
LOCATION Brisbane, QLD, Australia
ARTIST Kate Shaw
ARTWORK TITLE Memory Lane
CURATORIAL Urban Art Projects
DESIGN Stacie Gibson, UAP Studio
YEAR 2010

Spencer Lane is one of the first laneways selected for reactivation through the Brisbane City Council’s Inhabit/Small Spaces program, designed to transform overlooked and forgotten spaces in the CBD through creative artworks and installations.

Urban Art Projects mentored emerging Melbourne artist Kate Shaw to translate her painting practice into a large scale outdoor wall artwork for Spencer Lane, which is also earmarked for private development with a Laneway Bar.

Based on the artist’s childhood memories from growing up in Brisbane, the 2-dimensional artwork features forms from the surrounding landscape, including the Moreton Bay fig and the Glasshouse Mountains.

Realised partly in mirror vinyl, the artwork makes a contemporary reference to the metalworkers of the laneway’s past. By night the artwork creates an intriguing invitation to the laneway and Laneway Bar.

Spilling Twilight | Kate Shaw

26 February, 2010


Ecology (2009) / Acrylic and resin on board, 50cm x 76cm

EXHIBITION Spilling Twilight
ARTIST Kate Shaw
LOCATION Ryan Renshaw Gallery, 137 Warry Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD Australia
DURATION 24 February – 13 March, 2010

At first glance, artist Kate Shaw is dabbling with a subject painted by artists throughout art history.    But Shaw’s landscapes, although recognizable as such, are not mere pictorial representations of polar ice caps and interior Australia. Her spectacularly hallucinogenic paintings remind us of the threat of global warming and environmental degradation. In this sense her subject matter is highly relevant and immediately compelling.  The paintings walk a fine line, teetering between pictorial illusion and abstraction, and are a sumptuous mix of contradictions – beautiful yet foreboding, intoxicating yet apocalyptic.

The physical properties of Shaw’s poured paint echo the fluidity of our ever-changing natural landscape. This deft manipulation of paint is the secret to Shaw’s success.  Her densely marbled surfaces set against softly air-brushed skies are often encased in high gloss resin and provide an extraordinary sense of depth.  She has been described as an alchemist of paint – pouring, spraying, cutting and collaging elements to create her dramatically saturated experiments in colour, tone and texture.

Kate Shaw has exhibited widely including in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Beijing, Tokyo, Melbourne and Sydney where her shows have often sold out. The recipient of several prestigious art prizes, Shaw was highly commended in the 2007 ABN AMRO Art Award and was a finalist in the Fisher’s Ghost Award, Metro5 Art Award, Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, and Darabin Latrobe Art Award.  She has completed an artist residency at 24hr Art in Darwin and has recently been awarded the Flux residency in New York.


Recession of the Simulacra (2009) / Acrylic and resin on board, 3 panels, 183cm x 76cm


Inner Island (2009) / Acrylic and resin on board, 3 panels,  270cm x 120cm