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Creative Matters: Episode 2 with Kylie Rusk

Updated: Mar 18, 2021

New Zealand artist, Kylie Rusk, resides in Muriwai, West Auckland and originally comes from Whangarei, Northland.

Inspired by the stirring natural beauty of Aotearoa’s magnificent landscapes, Kylie’s paintings and lithographs are an expansive and emotionally expressive illustration of her strong connection with the land. Feeling personally connected to her work is a vital aspect of her creative process, so she always visits and photographs a scene and then carefully transforms it into an original painting or lithograph.

Hear her story from a farm in Hukerenui to Elam - a prestigious Art School in Auckland, her printmaking and painting process and her fascinating journey to becoming a full time artist.

Kylie's speciality is her lithography. This historic form of printmaking involves drawing, painting with tusche and etching onto stone, before printing the image on a lithography press.

An exploration of colour, form and texture, Rusk endeavours to produce paintings that encompass the majestic beauty of the land, together with the fragility and isolation of New Zealand’s more remote areas. Kylie’s personalised style of painting incorporates a variety of techniques including the building up of acrylic paint layers and washes to create mood and energy to give the image a real life of its own.

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