Image above: Kelly Batsiokis, Elvis the Gang-gang Cockatoo (detail), 2021, acrylic on 10 oz stretched canvas with Tasmanian oak frame, 122 x 122cm. Image courtesy of the artist.
21 February – 16 June 2022
Lyell McEwin Hospital
Kelly Batsiokis has delved back into her painting practice to explore her own creative side and foster a work-life balance. In doing so, she aims to nurture her own mental health whilst bringing joy to others through fresh and exciting artworks. She works primarily in acrylic paints, but often incorporates soft pastels, inks, and markers to create vibrant mixed-media creations.
Wildlife (especially Australian birds) is her primary subject. However, it is the palette and process of bringing these subjects to life which she values most, rather than the fact that they are birds or animals. Recently, Kelly’s practice has expanded to include human portraiture and she is interested to see how this style evolves and may be incorporated with her animal works.
Kelly’s paintings are in a number of private art collections, something she attributes to the connections she has made with her audience through social media. These connections are an important aspect of the artist’s practice as she believes in the power of art to create conversations; dialogues between artworks and audiences. In light of the impact the pandemic has had on our social and physical connections, these moments of engagement are more important than ever.
‘Art should inspire storytelling and sharing – the colours, the form, the subject matter – and this very process is healing and promotes connectedness between people who may share a similar history or viewpoint, whilst also stimulating discussion of differences for those that do not.’
– Kelly Batsiokis, 2022