Kyra Henley


Kyra Henley

Hat 81×61cm oil on linen

Sydney-based artist Kyra Henley is known for a strong painterly style that looks to fundamentals of shape, space and colour.

A consummate draftsman and National Art School graduate, Henley has gravitated toward portraiture and still lifes, more recently extending into landscapes and collage. Her work draws variously on the Pop Art movement and earlier traditions such as Dutch still life painting.

Having won early recognition with the Waverly Art Prize for Oil Painting, Henley was Curwoods Artist In Residence in 2010. She exhibits regularly at Robin Gibson Gallery in Sydney, and has also shown at Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Virginia Wilson Art, SH Ervin Gallery, Mary Place Gallery and Harris Courtin Gallery. Her work has featured in prizes including the Portia Geach, the Mosman Art Prize, Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, the Hazelhurst Prize for Works on Paper, National Trust Harper’s Mansion Art Prize, the Lloyd Rees Youth Award.

Henley was the winner of ART Sydney’s Off The Wall Prize, the Sydney Art Cooperative Studio Prize and the Murrey Sime Award for Painting. Her commissions include a mural series for Ella Bache, and her work has featured in Vogue Living, the Sun-Herald, Cult Magazine and street press titles.

The Empirical Front – The Revolution will not be Abstract – Steve Latimer .pdf

Kyra Henley

1981 Born in Gosford. Lives and works in Sydney, Australia.
2001 Bachelor of Fine Arts, National Art School, Sydney

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Recreation II Lilac City Studio, Sydney
2018 If you feel unwell don’t risk staying on the train
2016 Recreation Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
2013 Zetland Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
2011 Apartment Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
2010 Curwoods, Australia Square, Sydney CBD -Part of year long Artist in residence program at Curwoods Lawyers
2008 Choose Your Own Still Life Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

Group Exhibitions

since 2008 numerous curated group shows at Robin Gibson Gallery
2018 KAAF Art Prize, Korean Cultural Centre, Sydney
2018 Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman
2017 Portia Geach Memorial Prize, SH Irvin Gallery, National Trust Centre, Sydney
207 LCE3, Lilac City Studio, Sydney
2015 Portia Geach Memorial Prize, SH Irving Gallery, National trust Centre, Sydney
2015 Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman
2014 Belle Arti Art Prize Chapman & Bailey, Melbourne
2014 Waverley Art Prize Waverley Woollahra art school, Sydney
2014 Terrigal en Plein Air Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford
2013 Terrigal en Plein Air Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford
2012 Terrigal en Plein Air Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford
2011 National Trust Harpers Mansion Still Life Exhibition Harpers mansion, Berrima
2008 Repetition Mary Place Gallery, Sydney
2007 The Eutick Memorial Still Life Award Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour
2007 Hazelhurst Works on Paper Prize Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea
2006 Portia Geach Memorial Award SH Ervin Gallery, National Trust Centre, Sydney
2006 Poor Yorick: A Collection of Human Skulls Virginia Wilson Art, Sydney
2006 Approaching Intimacy: Contemporary Miniatures Ivan Doherty Gallery, Sydney
2005 Mosman Art Prize Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
2005 The Painting Show Virginia Wilson Art, Sydney
2005 Lloyd Rees Youth Art Award Lane Cove Council Chambers, Sydney

Prizes & Commissions

2011 Mural commission- joint project with Steve Latimer, Ella Bache Head Office, Sydney
2007 Off the Wall: Emerging Artists, Exhibition prize at Art Sydney
2006 Waverly Art Prize –Winner of the Oil Painting Prize, Waverly Library, Sydney
2001 Sydney Art Cooperative Studio Prize
2001 The Murray Sime Encouragement Award


2013, Guterres, Natasha, Snapshot, Renegade Collective, issue #5
2 November 2013,Sydney Morning Herald, The Planner
4 November 2013, Sydney Morning Herald, Arts & Entertainment
December 2012, Latimer, Steve, The Revolution Will Not be Abstract, Artist, CULT issue #117 May 2010, Lennon, Jo, Kyra Henley: Curwoods, exhibition catalogue
16th May 2010, Taylor, Andrew, Artist inspired by law and order, Culture, The Sun Herald 23rd May 2010, Taylor, Andrew, Framed: a close brush with the law, Culture, The Sun Herald 26th September 2007, Lamont, Ani, Emerging Talent, Central
November/December 2006, Skullduggery, Focus, Vogue Living

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