Colour and the landscape drive the paintings of Petra Kleinherne, man-made structures, and the figure may appear. The work lies between abstraction and figuration. It is process driven and is transformed by the alchemy of oil paint, and unexpected results happen through an interplay of the viscosity of paint, the brush and the canvas. The works happens spontaneously without regard for a certain outcome.

My paintings hint at discernible scenes while taking the viewer to a place where I enter the canvas building a bucolic environment, with swirls of paint; pink, baby blue, red, white and green. Shades of grey; grey for the cars on Beach Road, or the gunmetal structures underneath the scary heights of carousels. Petra Kleinherne

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Petra Kleinherne came to Australia from Germany in 1981 and lives and works in Melbourne.

She studied painting privately, then Visual Arts at Victoria University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Painting from Monash University in 2010.

Petra undertook a residency with Art Circle Residence in Germany, and Croatia in April 2019.

Petra has shown in solo shows at Chapman & Bailey, Melbourne, in 2013 and 2017, at the Goethe Institute in 2014/15 , in group shows with the Artists Guild, Birds Gallery in Kew and in September 2018 at the German Embassy in Canberra.

Her works are held in private collections in Australia, Germany and France.

Petra Kleinherne, Infanta, After Velazquez, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 92 x 102cm $3500
Petra Kleinherne, Infanta, After Velazquez, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 92 x 102cm $3500
Petra Kleinherne, Hortus, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 92 x 102cm $3500
Petra Kleinherne, Hortus, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 92 x 102cm $3500
Petra Kleinherne, Maze, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 150cm $4500
Petra Kleinherne, Maze, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 150cm $4500
Petra Kleinherne, The Wall, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 122 x 91cm $4000
Petra Kleinherne, The Wall, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 122 x 91cm $4000