Kate Beynon has been selected as a finalist in the Archibald Prize with her painting, With Tudo and the robe, 2020.
Kindred spirits, protective guardians and shaman figures often feature in Beynon’s work. In this self-portrait, the artist appears with her family’s 13-year old rescue staffy-cross, Tudo. The garment she wears is a painted, soft-sculptural costume work made earlier in 2020 titled ‘Robe for the Blue Shaman Guardian’. Beynon drew inspiration from a range of sources including the botanical and anatomical imagery of 17th century artist Yun Bing from the Qing Dynasty, the surrealist painter Remedios Varo Uranga, as well as the stories and symbols from her Malaysian-Chinese/Welsh ancestry.⠀