"My painting is a response to field work that I do during treks into the landscape - usually into the arid waterways of the Australian bush.
My practice is informed by daily exposure to the dry eroded banks of the Molonglo catchment where I live (in NSW), but I am also drawn to the conundrum of the dry river elsewhere in the Australian outback.
I have set up field camps in the remote gorges of Koolpin and Umbrewarra, and in Central Australia, doing forays through steep-cliffed chasms and sanded gulleys. The banks of these waterways have carved and pressed into them, the marks of life and death.
I like to interpret a “whole”, by defining a part. I draw one element, one rock, one tree, to portray the total. I have been painting in Ikara country during the past few years. This is the aboriginal name for the Flinders Ranges. Although my studio work references the plein air sketches of this area, particularly with regard to palette and atmospherics, I am hoping that the settings will transcend the specific. It is of interest to me that “place” is subsumed by a universal awareness of where we might imagine ourselves to be" - Kerry McInnis.
Kerry McInnis's work has been exhibited in the Archibald Prize, Portia Geach Memorial Award, NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Norvill Art Prize, Kedumba Drawing Award and the Dobell Prize for Drawing. She is a past winner of the Wingecarribee and Bega Art Prizes. Her work is held by the National Library of Australia, Canberra Museum and Art Gallery, Bundanon Trust, Australian National University, Goulburn Regional Gallery and Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Kerry McInnis was the winner of the Salon des Refusés, Holding Redlich People's Choice Award, with her portrait, Drawn In Steel (Harrie Fasher), in 2019.
2021: National Capital Art Prize, Finalist; Salon des Refuses, Finalist.
2020: Portia Geach Memorial Award, Finalist; Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize, Finalist; Percival Portrait Prize, Finalist; Kilgour Prize, Finalist.
2019: Salon des Refuses, Finalist; Holding Redlich People’s Choice Award, Winner; Kedumba Drawing Award
2018: Calleen Art Award, Finalist; Goulburn Art Award, Finalist; Fleurieu Art Prize, Finalist; Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, Finalist; NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, Finalist
2017: NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, Finalist
2016: John Copes Portrait Prize, Highly Commended Finalist; Portia Geach Memorial Award, Finalist; Tattersall's Club Landscape Art Prize, Finalist; The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, Finalist; Goulburn Art Prize, Finalist; The Shirley Hannon National Portrait Award, Finalist; Wingecarribee Landscape Prize, Finalist.
2015: Archibald Prize, Finalist (AGNSW); Calleen Art Prize, Finalist; Cossack Art Prize (Invited Artist), WA
2014: Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Finalist; Norvill Art Prize - Highly Commended; NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, Finalist; Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Semi-Finalist
2013: Black Swan Portrait Award, Finalist; Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Finalist; Goulburn Art Prize, Finalist; NSW Parliament Plein Air Art Prize, Finalist; Portia Geach Memorial Award, Finalist; Kedumba Drawing Award, Finalist
2012: Featured artist in Goulburn Regional Art Gallery's, En Plein Air - Winds of Change Weereewa Exhibition; Kedumba Drawing Award, Finalist; Calleen Art Prize, Finalist; Norvill Art Prize - Commended