Acrylic on cotton
Image from the26thletter.com.au.
Australian artist Katrina Rhodes formidable talent first became apparent at the age of 5, when she was unequivocally disqualified from the Sydney Morning Heralds Under 12s drawing competition, which deemed her work most likely drawn by a guardian or adult. From this pivotal moment in her childhood, Katrina Rhodes embarked on a remarkable career as a freelance artist, in which she honed an enviable skill set and found herself in high demand as an accomplished and versatile artist across a host of mediums.-From the No Vacancy website
There is no questioning Rhodes’ technical skill, it is brilliant. I feel something when I stand in front of her work, an eerie quiet which comes from the tension between the subject, a royal portrait, and the object itself, a duck personified as human. The finish on the paintings is impeccable, but something is missing. Is it the glass shine or the oil paint sheen we’ve come to expect from artists of the past who must interest Rhodes? -Nikita Vanderbyl’s review of Rhodes’ show A Handful of Civilised Friends