Kaye Green has lived, worked and exhibited in Japan, the USA, Belgium, New Zealand, Finland and most Australian states. She has had over 20 solo exhibitions and has been involved in numerous group and mixed exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Kaye was born in Ulverstone, Tasmania in 1953 and following a year as an exchange student in Japan in the early seventies, completed her BA in Visual Arts at the Tasmanian School of Art in Hobart in 1976. She taught art in a Tasmanian high school for two years before travelling to the USA to undertake a Master’s Degree at the University of New Mexico, graduating in 1981. During her time in Albuquerque she also studied at the prestigious Tamarind Institute of Lithography.
In 1984 she was awarded an Australian Visual Arts Board residency to establish a lithography studio at Griffith University in Brisbane and was also awarded a residency by the National Parks and Wildlife Service to work in a national park in southern Queensland in 1993.
She completed a residency at The Frans Masereel Studio in Belgium in 1996 and worked for six months in the Grafiris Printmaking Studio in Helsinki, Finland in 1988.
In 1996 she won the national Silk Cut award for lino prints which enabled her to travel to Amsterdam for study and inspiration and she was awarded an Artsbridge International grant to assist with her exhibition held in Japan in February 2008. In 2010 she won the works on paper section of the Waterhouse Natural History Art Awards in Adelaide and also won the Friends of the Tweed River Gallery prize at the Murwillumbah Print Awards. In 2012 she was invited to represent Australia at the Toyama International Art Camp in Japan. This involved living and working with eleven other artists and producing work for an exhibition. The work was acquired by Toyama City.
Kaye has completed a number of commissions and her work is represented in many national and international public collections including the Australian National Gallery in Canberra.
After fourteen years of university lecturing, Kaye resigned from teaching and returned to Tasmania to work full time in her studio.
Kaye uses elements from nature as powerfully expressive metaphors and approaches the landscape, and elements in the landscape, not for their literal imagery, but for their spiritual and associative qualities. The landscape and elements of nature provide a vast sphere of influence where form denotes mood. This personal encounter with nature results in a poetically inspired visual language.
“…her imagery retains that slightly meditative, mystical and visionary quality. Her art explores both the elements of nature which she encounters in the physical world and the internalised landscapes of the mind, the landscape of dreams and of nature revealed through intuitive imaginings.”
Sasha Grishin, Catalogue essay “Seeing the Same Moon” 2006