Kate McCarthy

Kate McCarthy

Australia 1974

Pop Art


Kate McCarthy
Kate McCarthy
January 28, 2016
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Kate McCarthy is an Australian artist known for following the 3 principles in artistic creation: immediate, simple and direct, just like when children are creating, as she explains.

Kate was born in Brisbane, Australia. She studied for her Bachelor in Fine Art Illustration at Queensland College of Art and her Bachelor in Digital Art from Victoria University. Kate also attended a course in Contemporary Art at Curtin University. In her own words: For various reasons I chose not to complete the courses.

Humbug Point Dog

Kate McCarthy - Humbug Point Dog, 2013
Kate McCarthy – Humbug Point Dog, 2013

Before 2004, Kate used to work loosely in design and art. It was that year when she established McCarthyism Contemporary Artspace in Sheffield, Tasmania. Her idea was to work with other artists and support residencies. Her artspace hosted such artists as Ian Kitney, film maker Stefan Popescu and performance artist Casionova.

In 2011, when McCarthy gave birth to her son, she decided to focus on creating her own art. That same year Kate debuted in a group show held in Italy as well as in The Age Sunday Magazine and Sydney Fringe Festival.


Kate McCarthy - Notches, 2013
Kate McCarthy – Notches, 2013

Kate’s artistic vision is embodied in a work dedicated to her memories that were simply popping out while her sons were growing up. Even the colors she uses have the unusual and nostalgic background coming from the 70s series, the Sesame Street. The whites Kate uses are from Bert and Ernie’s apartment, for example. This way, artist connects the viewer with this particular TV show, and in the rest of her work – with many other books and characters from infancy and childhood.

This artist is represented by 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace.

Kate McCarthy lives and works at the Bay of Fires on Tasmania’s East Coast.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015RED Expressionism Group Show19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLDGroup
2014Under 1 RoofGroup Show, New YorkGroup
2014A Tribute to Michael Jackson’s 10 Best Film Clips19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QLDGroup
2013À mon tour, Koolamara19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold CoastSolo
2012Fun With WordsPenny Contemporary, HobartSolo
2012Kate McCarthyGallery Parnella, St Helens, TasmaniaSolo
2012The Art of Spain19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold CoastGroup
2012Brunswick Street Gallery Photographic Group ShowMelbourneGroup
2011On the Wall with Leeloo and Finders KeepersCarriageworks, SydneyGroup
201140×40 Show12 Brunswick Street Gallery, MelbourneSolo
2011Kate McCarthy at Sydney Fringe FestivalNew Town, SydneySolo
2011The Fellows and the Bloodies19Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QueenslandSolo
2011An Indispensable ItemGilligan Grant Gallery, CollingwoodGroup
2011Homage to Frida19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QueenslandGroup
2009SelfThe Wall Exhibition Space, Arts Tasmania Arts Centre HobartSolo
2010Chux ReduxCSart, Reggio Emilia, Italy.Solo
2010Aussie GirlsCSArt, Reggio Emila, ItaliaGroup
2010Down the Rabbit HoleWhitespac3 Gallery, World Bar, Kings Cross, SydneyGroup
2010On the WallFinders Keepers and Leeloo, CarraigeWorks, SydneyGroup
2010Art Melbourne 10Retrospect Galleries, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2010Who Got The BunnyGILLIGAN GRANT GALLERY, Collingwood AustraliaGroup
2009Petit TravauxRetrospect Galleries, Byron Bay, NSW, AustraliaGroup
2009Art Melbourne 09Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2008’78 SeriesWursthaus on Oliver, Launceston, Tasmania (Tourism Tasmania)Solo