Kevin Mayo

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In grade 3, got sent to pick up rubbish in the school yard because I couldn’t cut a straight edge on a triangle (cheers Mr Houston). Gotten better since then.

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Kevin works between figurative and abstract painting and drawing with forays into sculpture and installation. First exhibitions in Cairns in 1990s working with Graft’n’Arts and KickArts. Exhibited in Cologne in Germany. Ran away to India to do a PhD in Anthropology. Returning to Cairns in mid-2000s, exhibited with Upholstery and Crate59 and designed and constructed theatre sets with JUTE & Courage Works. Commissioned to produce public sculpture for Cairns Esplanade. Won the coveted Blunt portrait prize in 2012. Has run away to arts residencies in Spain and Chile. Currently has a studio in Crate59 where he curates and exhibits.

June 2024 Finalist Percivals Portrait Prize. Perc Tucker Gallery. Townsville.

2024 Flame exhibition. Mentor/artist. Tanks Art Center, Cairns.
2023 Wish You Were Here. Annual Crate 59 Group Show.
2023 Palette Knife. Solo exhibition. Crate59 Gallery, Cairns.
2023 Hot House. Curator/artist Crate59 Group exhibition for Festival Cairns. Crate59 Gallery, Cairns.
2022 Wish You Were Here. Annual Crate59 Group exhibition. Crate59 Gallery, Cairns.
2022 Barberalla215. Crate59 Group exhibition. Crate59 Gallery, Cairns.
2021 Wish You Were Here. Annual Crate59 Group exhibition. Crate59 Gallery, Cairns.
2021 Dumpster. Crate59 Group exhibition. Crate59 Gallery, Cairns.
2020 House. Crate59 Group exhibition. Crate59 Gallery, Cairns.
2020 X: Crate59 Ten Year Show. Curator/Artist Crate59 Group exhibition. Tanks Art Centre, Cairns.
2019 Menagerie. Curator/Artist Crate59 Group show. Crate59 Gallery, Cairns.
2016 Ziggy. Crate59 Group show. Crate59 Gallery, Cairns.
2014 Velasquez & the Fuchias. Art Residency at Museo de Arte Moderno (MAM), Chiloe, Chile.
2013 Like a Fishbone. Set designer & co-producer for theatre production with JUTE Theatre & Courage Works. Performed at the Centre
of Contemporary Arts (CoCA), Cairns.
2012 Winner of the Blunt Portraiture Award 2012 with Portrait of Margaret Upton. Pink Flamingo Gallery Cairns.
2011 Tomas & the Bear. Research & Writing Residency at the Centre d’Arte e Natura, Farerra, Spain.
2010 Unheard – The Journey of the Bhutanese. Anthropology consultant, facilitator, & props designer/maker on Refugee theatre project.
Performed at the Tanks Arts Centre.
2009 08x10 - Solo Paintings. As You Like It Gallery, Cairns.
2008 Horizon Line. Cairns Esplanade Public Art. Cairns Regional Council. Public Art commission: 2 stainless steel sculptures (3x1.5m).
Budget AUD$35 000+.
2008 Darśan: Images of India. Painting & ephemera exhibit. Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA), Cairns.
2007 Transience: Upholstery Lounge with Scaredy Cat & Clock. Upholstery Group Show. Cairns Regional Gallery.
2006 The Boatman. Ephemeral Installation / Performance with Diverse Dance Company. Creative Design /Visual Artist /Performer. Pacific Edge National Regional Galleries Conference, Mackay & On Edge Festival, Cairns.
2000 Bitumen. Curator/Artist Group Show. KickArts Cairns & Umbrella Studios Townsville.
1999 Baggage: All-In-One-Day Dinkum Aussie Sno-Dome. Group installation/performance on airport carousels. Adelaide, Brisbane, Alice
Springs, & Cairns Airports
1999 Yes You. Intaglio Prints. Cairns Regional Gallery & Perc Tucker Gallery, Townsville.
1998 Body Nature/Naturkörper. Torhausen Gallerie Köln (Cologne) Germany / KickArts Cairns.

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