Kirsty Budge is a New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based artist. In 2016 she exhibited in The Painters Are In at Spring 1883, her first solo exhibition with Daine Singer; Painting More Painting, ACCA’s major survey of Australian contemporary painting; I’m not desperate, you’re desperate, a solo exhibition at Sarah Scout Presents; and at the Spinnerei Leipzig in Germany. In 2017 Kirsty was selected to be a part of the 9x5NOW VCA150 alumni exhibition curated by Elizabeth Gower and was a finalist in the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize at the Bendigo Art Gallery. During August she exhibited a new body of work entitled "Gawkalitis" at Daine Singer Gallery and was exhibited as part of the Daine Singer suite at the Spring 1883 art fair in Sydney. In 2018 Kirsty will undertake a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, as recipient of an Art Gallery of New South Wales Studio Scholarship.
Budge has participated in a number of group exhibitions in Melbourne including Return, Daine Singer (2015); Man, Tristian Koenig (2015); Pretty Shit (curated by Colleen Ahern and Mark Hislop), Incidents Above a Bar (2015) and Paintings, C3 (2014). Budge has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from the Victorian College of the Arts, where she was recipient of the 2014 Stirling Collective Award for Painting. Her work is in the Artbank Collection and numerous private collections in Australia.
On Kirsty's paintings: “When you spend time with the paintings, a strong psychological element emerges, which suggests a very personal foundation. Like memories of a dream, these odd, mysterious, fractional scenes play out in a perfectly wonky tableau.” - Dan Rule, The Age.
Kirsty has a current Working With Children Check and has completed the Red Cross' First Aid - In An Education And Care Setting course.
Kirsty on Instagram.
Kirsty at Daine Singer Gallery - Artist Page (more images/info).