Kaye Freeman is a contemporary artist from Hong Kong, working in the mediums of oil paint, oil stick, graphite and mixed media. She uses painting, drawing and three dimensional assemblage to explore politics, gender, identity, religion and violence.
Through painting and drawing, Freeman folds and unfolds the myths that surround us like a cosmic origami. Capturing the frenetic nature of the ether through lines and colors borrowed and blended from a hybrid of cultures. Our commonality as humans is essential to Freeman’s dialogue, as she pushes through aesthetic norms of acceptability and taste. Memories, myths and shared emotions weave through the artist’s paintings, abstracted and reshaped again and again until we come to see that our humanity is what humbles us and sustains us.
Capturing the constant oceanic movement of what it means to move through a life. To capture the ineffable in paint and graphite. To resonate with a truth that lies beneath all our embellishments. Freeman’s work is more than a representation of a thing, it is the thing. And it continues to evolve long after the artist is finished with it, because the viewer then takes it to their own place of understanding and experience. For it is then that the painting becomes the relationship and the journey.
Freeman recently became a permanent resident of the United States and lives and works in Los Angeles. She has exhibitied in Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, the UK and the US. Her work is held in many international private collections. Since moving to the US two years ago she has had three solo shows, the most recent being Anatomy of a Painting at the East Gallery MOAH Lancaster, curated by Amy Kaps. She has been invited to show at Art Palm Springs, LA Art Fair, Brand Works on Paper in Glendale and Womens Own Gallery in Chicago where she received an award in drawing. Last year she showed internationally at Cley Contemporary in the UK and at the Fabrik & Enter Art Foundation, Bonn, DE. Last October she was the recipient of First Prize in Painting at the Beverly Hills Art Fair. She has most recently been published in the LA Arts Magazine: Full Blede and collaborated on a book with poet Natasha Dennerstein Turn and Face the Strange, published by Norfolk Press.