Gretchen Kaye is an artist living in Melbourne. Mystery, narrative and movement are the main themes of her work. Her main medium is oil on canvas and her style is described as abstract realism.

In her first solo exhibition, titled The Portable Park, at Fortyfive Downstairs Art Gallery Melbourne, Kaye, who lives inner city, focussed on the far reaching effect of tranquility, which the local park offers to the community. She believes that everything we see is viewed through our personal layers of memory and what the artist creates reminds us of what we already know.


Visual Artist
b. 1944 Melbourne, Australia
Currently lives and works in Melbourne 

solo exhibition

7 March – 1 April 2023 – The Portable Park – Solo exhibition @ fortyfivedownstairs Melbourne

group exhibitions

2016: Art at Burnley Harbour, Richmond
2015: Recent Paintings by G. Kaye, R. Gowans & N. Moshinsky – Cato Gallery, Melbourne
2009 – 2015: Annual Postcard Show – Linden Gallery, St.Kilda
2010: Pink Lady Art Show – Brighton Town Hall, Brighton
2009: Carlton Rotary Art Show – Royal Society of Victoria, Melbourne
2009: Artful – fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne
2008: Carlton Rotary Art Show – Royal Society of Victoria, Melbourne
2008: Pink Lady Art Show – Brighton Town Hall, Brighton

private collections

Australia: Melbourne – Sydney – Perth – Maldon
Germany: Berlin – Munich – Hamburg – Hanover – Hude

commissions & collaborations

Television – Buying Blind, Channel Nine; Oil painting ‘The Secret’ selected by Shaynna Blaze, celebrity interior designer and TV Host
Scenic Artwork, Theatre/ Stage – Tango’s Violin, a stage production which toured City Recital Hall, NSW; His Majesty’s Theatre, WA; The Famous Spiegeltent & Clocktower Centre, VIC; Backdrop design and creation; stage design; prop design; Collaboration with lighting designer, Kimberly Kwa
Advertising artwork & logos – Promotional artwork & logos featured on posters, banners, flyers for stage shows Tango’s Violin; Latin Lover
Animation artwork & logos – Animation frames; Logos; Website; for Alto Productions, Sophie’s Wedding Guide (TV series) & red dash black (band)


2013: International Summer Academy for Art and Design, Pentiment, Hamburg
2013: Schule für Bildende Kunst und Gestaltung, Summer School, Berlin
2011 – 2007: Diploma of Visual Arts – Centre for Adult Education, Melbourne
2006: Painting in Oils – Victorian Artists Society, Melbourne
2006: Life Drawing – National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1963: Certificate of Art – Caulfield Technical School (now Monash University)