Katherine Throne

Katherine Throne

Thorny Beauty, 2019, oil on linen , 900mm x 750mm


“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else.” - Georgia O’Keeffe

The tenacity, vigour and beauty of nature has been motivating Katherine Throne’s practice for many years. The energy the artist feels within a wild garden she translates into large gestural marks and thick layers of impasto oil paint.

Throne manipulates paint in a way that mimics light refracting in nature, transporting the viewer into another world. We feel the lavishness of petals, the friction of stems, and the deepness of long shadows. One cannot help but be drawn into each scene; to be touched by the resonating energy of the flora and fauna in her works.

Throne’s most recent paintings, from the exhibition Verdant, were created while establishing her own garden in Otago. As the tangible garden grew alongside the pictorial, the boundaries between each blurred into one creation. At the heart of both was the artist’s desire to acknowledge the raw beauty and the tenacious spirit of the flower.

“Gardens have a hold on me. Especially the wild ones where nature rambles in delightful disorder. For years I’ve voyeuristically lived in other people’s gardens, taking fragments of that exuberance home and then translating it into my language of paint. Finally, last summer, I planted my own garden.”



LIVES: Wanaka, Otago

EDUCATION: Master of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Art at Auckland University, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland (2016); BFA in Painting (Honors) and minor in Interior Design, Kendall College of Art and Design in Michigan USA in (2014); Bachelor Of Communication Studies, Auckland University of Technology, 1997

AWARDS: Finalist Walker & Hall Waiheke Art Award 2020; Finalist NZ Painting & Printmaking Award, Waikato (2019); Finalist Molly Morpeth Canaday Award, Whakatane (2015); Art Prize Exhibition - Grand Rapids, MI, USA (2014); Finalist Grand Rapids Festival of Arts and winner of Grand Valley State University Purchase Award - MI, USA (2014) Winner Kendall College of Art & Design Studio Excellence Awards & Excellence Awards Exhibition, Federal Galleries, Grand Rapids, (USA 2014); Art Prize Exhibition, Grand Rapids, USA (2013); Finalist West Michigan Art Awards, Lowell, USA (2013); Merit Scholarship, Kendall College of Art & Design, Grand Rapids, MI, USA (2012-14)

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY: Interview: Katherine Throne 'The Wild Ones', HOME Magazine, February 2024; Tyler, Linda. ‘Interview with Katherine Throne: A conversation on the delicate overlap of art and gardening’ ArtZone online. April 12 2023. conversation-on-the-delicate-overlap-of-art-and-gardening; Riddiford, Margie. ‘Katherine Throne – Rebels & Romantics’ Feature in Denizen online. June 22nd 2022. rebels-and-and-romantics-sanderson, ‘Artist Katherine Throne Launches Opens a Stunning New Exhibition’ Feature in VIVA Magazine. June 16th 2020; Battersby, Shanelle. ‘Meet the Maker: Florals painter Katherine Throne’ in Stuff/ NZ House and Garden online. Jul 19 2021. garden/300350882/meet-the-maker-florals-painter-katherine-throne; Conor, Sally. ‘Anyone who loves floral paintings needs to know about Katherine Throne’ Interview in Your Home and Garden Magazine. January 2020.; Throne, Katherine. ‘Beauty and Courage: Thoughts on Life, Gardens and The Human Spirit’. The Planthunter Online. September 2019. spirit/; Lines, Alice. ‘Flowers' Powers’ Homestyle Magazine. Dec/Jan 2019. powers/; Of This Earth. Ponsonby News. September 2018

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS: Verdant, Sanderson Contemporary, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland – solo exhibition (2023); Rebels and Romantics, Sanderson Contemporary, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland – solo exhibition (2022) In the Garden, Sanderson Contemporary, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland – solo exhibition (2021); Joy Ride, Sanderson Contemporary, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland – solo exhibition (2020); The Beauty of Courage, Allpress Studio, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland - solo exhibition (2019); Of This Earth, Allpress Studio, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland - solo exhibition (2018); Wallflower, Allpress Studio, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland - solo exhibition (2017); Elam Grad Show, Elam studios, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland University (2016) 

ART FAIRS: 2022 Aotearoa Art Fair with Sanderson Contemporary; 2020 Auckland Art Fair with Sanderson Contemporary; 2020 Sydney Contemporary with Sanderson Contemporary

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