ABOUT THE ARTIST
Originally from Melbourne Guthrie studied Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He has lived and worked on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast for over 30 years with his wife painter, Lisa Adams.
Most recently Guthrie exhibited the solo show RIVER’S EDGE – Kim Guthrie University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) Art Gallery 17 May – 28 April 2019. Preceded by inclusion in EXCHANGE VALUE Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Art Museum 16 February – 28 April 2019.
Guthrie was one of 30 artists selected state wide for the exhibition GOMA:Q Contemporary Queensland Art QAGOMA in 2015. A finalist in the 2015 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, a semi finalist in the Moran Contemporary Photography Prize (MCPP) in 2014 and 2013, twice a finalist in the Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture 2011 and 2007.
Kim had 15 large works purchased for the QUT art collection in 2018.
He regularly contributes commissioned essays to ARTIST PROFILE magazine a quarterly journal of Australasian art. He has self-published two books of his photography THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE/LOVE THE WORLD in 2005 and EXTRAordinary 2008
There are a number of themes, which are central within the greater body of my work. The predominant subject matter is quintessentially Australian and it reveals the ways in which Australian myths are deeply ingrained and yet constantly changing, signifying the cultural diversity that we, as a country, continue to experience. The deeply ingrained, sardonic, Australian sense of humour is evident throughout many of the images, but there is also a sombre aspect to some images, which point towards a darker side. It’s my job to report back to the general population on the cultural landscape as I see it.
As much of my subject matter deals with the Australian national character and Australian landscapes etc., I believe that, for the audience, there will be a strong recognition-factor at work. The work transcends mere documentary photography and presents the 'everyday' within a high-art context.