BIOGRAPHY

Canadian born Laurie McKern is a multimedia, figurative artist working from her studio space, Gallery Cats Studios located in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Australia.

EXHIBITIONS

2017

‘The Muse’ Solo Exhibition, Ethel Street Gallery, Seaforth, Australia. November

‘Cabaret’ Exhibition featuring figurative artists Wendy Sharpe, Evert Ploeg, Laurie McKern, Petra Pinn and Jane Park. Glen Street Theatre, Belrose, Australia. October

‘Diversarty Studio & Gallery’ Opening Exhibition, Cromer, Australia. July

Finalist- Northern Beaches Art Prize, Creative Space, North Curl Curl, July

‘The Adventures of Smokey & Stinky’ Solo Exhibition & Book Launch, January

2016

‘A Kagaroos Visit’. Australian Cultural Centre, Parco dei Cimini- Soriano nel Cimino, Rome, Italy

‘InterART’. Glen Street Theatre, Belrose, Australia

‘Natural to Abstraction’, Art & Soul Collective, Creative Space, North Curl Curl

‘Scaled Down’ Art and Soul Collective, Gallery Lane Cove. May to June

‘Fresh Batch #2’ Platform 72, St Leonards. February

‘Glen Street Theatre Project’ Art and Soul Collective, Jan- March

Finalist- ‘Thirty by Thirty’, The Colour Trap Gallery, Avalon

2015

‘A Kagaroos Visit’. Parco dei Cimini- Soriano nel Cimino, Rome, Italy

‘A Kangaroos Visit’. Palazzo Velli Expo, Rome, Italy

‘Pre Rome Exhibition’. Yuga Cafe, St Johns Rd. Glebe, Australia

Gallery Oscar Stock Room Show, Turramurr

‘The Way We See It’. Artworks from Laurie McKern and Petra Pinn. Gallery Cats Studios, Brookvale, Australia

‘Animalia’, International Print Exchange, The Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral, NSW, Australia

‘Gallery Oscar Group Show’. St Ives, Australia

‘Ku-ring-gai Artists Trail’. Turramurra, Australia

‘Warringah Print Makers Studio Annual Exhibition’ Fresh Water, Australia

Finalist Warringah Art Prize,  Manly Vale, Australia

2014

‘Gal’s, Broads & Tattoo Dolls’. Solo -The Australian Art Show, Pyrmont, Sydney, Australia

‘Stock Room Show’. Gallery Oscar. Turramurra, Australia

Finalist Warringah Art Prize,  Manly Vale, Australia

2013

‘Same, Same But Different’. Manly Art Festival Exhbition/Event, Sept. Works from Artists Laurie McKern, Petra Pinn and Chelle Dickins, Gallery Cats Studios, Brookvale NSW, Australia

‘Animalia’, International Print Exchange, The Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral, NSW, Australia

‘The Print Exchange 2013’, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York City and Graphic Arts,    Workshop San Fransisco

‘Marilyn’, Tap Gallery, Darlinghurst

Finalist, Pyrmont Prize, Pyrmont

2012

‘Sizzle’, Gallery Cats Studios, Brookvale

‘Sketch Book Project’, Brooklyn Sketch Book Library, Brooklyn NY

2011

‘Cup Cakes in a Crisis’, supporting the Hamlin Fistula Relief & Aid Fund, Gallery Cats Studios, Brookvale

‘Insight Out’, Tap Gallery, Darlinghurst

Finalist Warringah Art Prize,  Manly Vale

2010

‘Art Sydney’, Royal Hall of Industries, Sydney

Solo Exhibition ‘The Oddities of Life‘, Frameworks, The Manly Art Gallery & Museum

North Shore Art Society Art Exhibition, North Steyne, Manly

Art for Goats 5th Annual Exhibition, Gallery Cats Studios, Brookvale

Finalist Warringah Art Prize,  Manly Vale

2010 MANLY ART FESTIVAL EXHIBITIONS……

-North Shore Art Society Art Exhibition, North Steyne, Manly

-Manly Arts Festival, Artists & Craftsman of Pittwater Art Exhibition, Queenscliffe, Manly Arts Festival

2009

Art for Goats 4th Annual Exhibition, Art House Hotel, Pitt St, Sydney

Cosmopolitan, Baileys or Midori? with artists Petra Pinn & Midori Furze,  The Art House Hotel Pitt St, Sydney

Artists & Craftsmen of Pittwater Annual Award Exhibition, Mona Vale

Warringah Print Studio Annual Exhibition, The Antique Centre, Sydney

Pittwater Community Arts, Avalon Community Centre, Avalon

Art Sydney, Royal Hall of Industries, Sydney

Finalist Warringah Art Prize,  Manly Vale

2009

MANLY ART FESTIVAL EXHIBITIONS……

-Artists & Craftsman of Pittwater, Queenscliffe, Manly

-North Shore Art Society, North Steyne, Manly

-Womanly T-shirt Exhibition, Manly Wharf Beach, Manly

-Make Up Your Mind Exhibition, Manly Wharf Beach, Manly

2008

Changing Climate, Reinventing Lives, Select printmakers exhibition, regional galleries across Australia

The Dark Side, Gallery 26, Millions Point, Sydney

Artists and Craftsmen of Pittwater, Art Exhibition, Queenscliffe SLSC, Manly

River, Sea, Gallery 26, Springwood

The North Shore Art Society, Art Exhibition, North Steyne Surf Club

Artists and Craftsmen of Pittwater, Art Exhibition, Mona Vale Memorial Hall

Artists and Craftsmen of Pittwater, Annual Exhibition, Mona Vale

North Shore Art Society Annual Exhibition, Collaroy

Pittwater Community Arts Annual Exhibition, Avalon Market Day Exhibition

Art and Artefact, Gallery opening, Turramurra

Artists and Craftsmen of Pittwater Xmas Show, Mona Vale

2008 MANLY ART FESTIVAL EXHIBITIONS……

Art For Goats Annual Exhibition, Ethel Street Gallery, Seaforth

Artists and Craftsmen of Pittwater, Art Exhibition, Queenscliffe SLSC, Manly

The North Shore Art Society, Art Exhibition, North Steyne Surf Club

2007

Warringah Print Makers, Annual Art Exhibition, The Watch House, Balmain

Gallery 26 Group Show, Gallery 26, Milsons Point, Sydney

Warringah Print Makers Annual Exhibition, Sydney Antique Centre

About a Women Art Exhibition, The Tap Gallery, Darlinghurst

2007

MANLY ART FESTIVAL EXHIBITIONS……

Art For Goats Annual Exhibition, Ethel Street Gallery, Seaforth

The North Shore Art Society, Art Exhibition, North Steyne Surf Club

2006

Finalist The Royal Easter Show, Sydney

Art For Goats Exhibition, Divine Designs, Brookvale

2005

Artists and Craftsmen of Pittwater, Select Member Exhibition, The Manly Art Gallery

Finalist Warringah Art Prize, Manly Vale

2004

Artists and Craftsmen of Pittwater, Art Exhibition, Mona Vale

2003     Finalist Warringah Art Prize, Manly Vale

2002     Finalist Warringah Art Prize, Manly Vale

1995     The Rocks Artists Exhibition, AS&N Gallery, The Rocks

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

2010-2017, Gallery Cats Studios, Brookvale, Diversarty Gallery, Cromer.

2016, Platform 72, St Leonards.

2014-2015, Gallery Oscar, St Ives.

2004-2o10 Gallery 26, Milsons Point, The Moulton Gallery Mona Vale, The Ethel Street Gallery, Seaforth, The Tap Gallery, Paddington.

AWARDS AND PRIZES

-Warringah Art Prize, The Packers Prize, Manly Vale 2005

-The Peter Campbell Art Award, (Peoples choice) ACOP, Mona Vale 2004

-The Outstanding Art Award, ACOP (judged by Marcia Moulton of Moulton Gallery) Mona Vale 2004

SPECIAL PROJECTS

2013 The Print Exchange 2013. Gloal print exhibition and exchanges showing in New York City at Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop and Graphic Arts Workshop in San Francisco.

2012 The Sketch Book Project. Sketch book on permanent collection at the Brooklyn Sketch Book Library, Brooklyn NY

2010 The Manly Art Gallery and Museum invited Laurie to exhibit her small sculptures and etchings in the Frameworks project running for a 3 month duration at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum.

2008 Laurie’s etchings where selected for the moving collaborative exchange print makers exhibition ‘Changing Climate- Reinventing Lives which ran for several months in galleries across regional Australia.

  • Co founder of ‘Art For Goats’ an annual exhibition in support of Oxfam Australia, 2006-2010
  • Co founder of Gallery Cats Studios- collaborative shared studios/art school/gallery in Brookvale
  • Creator of The Song Hour 88.7 FM & 90.3 FM Sydney showcasing local  songwriters original material

TRAINING/STUDIES 

1982 -1984 Illustration Art, Sheridan College, Ontario, Canada

1992 Children’s Book Illustration, University of Sydney, Australia

1989 Batik Textiles, Sumatra, Indonesia

2007 Print Making Techniques, Warringah Print Makers Studio, Manly Vale, Australia

Graphic Artist/Art Director/Illustrator in both Toronto and Australia from 1984 – 1994

ARTIST TALKS & DEMONSTRATIONS

-Artist talk about my artistic practice & artworks on exhibition ‘The Oddities of Life’, Manly Art Gallery and Museum

-Radio interview on 88.7 FM & 90.3 FM talking about Art For Goats

-Artists talk about my artistic practice & artworks on exhibition ‘Cosmopolitan, Baileys or Midori?’ Art House Hotel

-Artists talk about my artistic practice & running charity exhibitions for ACOP Artists Lunch

–Radio interview on 88.7 FM & 90.3 FM talking about musical practices

COMMISSIONS

2016 Large live painting for Benefit Cosmetics for opening of Westfield Mall, Brookvale

-Numerous works for the Queenscliffe Surf Life Saving Club

-Numerous private commissions in Canada and Australia

-Mural for Jenny Wren Preschool, Narrabeen, Australia, -Mural for Narrabeen Lakes Primary School, Australia, -Commissioned mural works in Toronto, Canada.

-Freelance illustration work for Spectra Graphics, Home Life and LMB Graphics, Toronto, Canada. ‘The Funny Things Folk Say’ by Tony Wellington and ‘Remembering You’ by Wendy Nadler

 

PUBLICATIONS/ARTICLES

2016 Book- The Adventures of Smokey & Stinky Collection of Works

Country Living Magazine

-Manly Daily editorials and interviews for art and music

-Sydney Experience (Asian Tourist Magazine)

-Changing Climate- Reinventing Lives-booklet on printmakers in Australia

-The Sketch Book Library – Artworks Publication

SPECIAL WORKSHOPS

-Make Up Your Mind in Manly in 2007 with artist Angela Von Boxtel

-Separate workshops with children and mothers at the Manly Bear Cottage

Professional member of NAVA, Warringah Print Makers, Red Bubble, Art and Soul Collective, Inc and SONGSALIVE Australia

Various works of art have been sold to collectors from all over the world including Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, America, Canada and Australia.