Award-winning photographer and visual artist Kellie North has been chosen to display her artwork in the 2020 Loud and Luminous project,  designed to inspire and empower women and girls in photography. The 2020 exhibition theme is equality, and 100 women, girls and female identifying artists have been curated in this important and timely exhibition.

North has numerous solo exhibitions along with many group shows. Her art sells both nationally and internationally and has featured on Channel 9 TV Show The Block 2019, and in publications such as The World of Interiors, Conde Nast UK and Home Design Magazine, Australia.  North has also won or been a finalist for numerous awards including the Brunswick Street Gallery Melbourne Small Works Art Award 2018 and the Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award.

With a lifelong interest in dance and women’s stories, and wanting to create a piece of art from start to finish without the use of models, she turned to self-portraiture as a form of visual story telling.  She dived into the relationship between nature and femininity: sometimes playful, other times dark and mysterious, yet always conveyed with a strong thread of emotion. Today North merges traditional photographic techniques with digital art and sometimes other mixed media to produce painterly images often described as highly emotive, whimsical and evocative

Born in North Queensland, and firmly connected to nature, it was not until North began travelling in 2000 that she picked up a camera and her journey into art began. She used photography to document her travels and the many women she encountered, discovering her own and others’ stories in the process. North then worked in both wedding and food photography, where she learnt her craft and honed her skills in capturing emotion and constructing elegant compositions. In 2014, she completed a Diploma in Professional Photography and began to see what might be possible in the interplay of digital art and photography.

She feels proud to be a part of the Loud and Luminous Project, celebrating and recognising the important contributions of contemporary women photographers in Australia. The equality theme for 2020 echoes the United Nations sustainable development goals of `gender equality’ and ‘I am generation equality’.

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