Kym Barrett is a painter who graduated in Fine Arts from the Brisbane College of Art in 1975 and now lives and works in her studio set in bush land and creek in S.E. Queensland.  It is these surroundings that inspire her to make paintings that evoke a sense of depth and mystery while echoing the marks, colours and textures of the landscape she is immersed in every day.

Oils, cold wax medium and drawing tools are her most frequently chosen media and gestural mark-making is a feature of the work, sometimes strongly and at other times, subtly.

Kym has held fifteen solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions.

Her paintings are contained in private collections in Australia, USA and Canada, and in several Queensland public collections.

Kym is the:

  • WINNER 2019 $3000 Du Reitz Art Awards (locals)
  • FINALIST, Moreton Bay Art Award 2018
  • FINALIST, Stanthorpe Art Prize
  • FINALIST, Pro Hart Outback Art Prize
  • WINNER, OPEN AWARD, Mary Valley Art Festival
  • WINNER of the Rush Art Festival 2016,
  • WINNER of the $17,500 Kenilworth Painting Prize 2014, and
  • FINALIST in the 2012 and 2013 Kenilworth Painting Prize
  • FINALIST in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2015
  • FINALIST in the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award 2014, Moreton Bay Art Awards 2012, 2014 and 2015, Noosa Art Award 2014; and
  • WINNER of the Andrew Fisher Portrait Prize, 2014.


Greenslopes Private Hospital, Brisbane

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Bundaberg R Art Gallery Landscape Collection

Gympie Regional Council

Moreton Bay Regional Council Art Collection

Immanuel Lutheran College, Buderim

Assisi College, Gold Coast


Australia, USA, Scotland, Canada, New Zealand


Cold Wax Medium – techniques, concepts and conversations, by Rebecca Crowell & Jerry McLaughlin


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