Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
TOODYAY artist Kaye Devlin returns to The York Mill’s Boiler Room Gallery for her second free exhibition this April.

Running from April 3 to 28, Drawn to Paper is a celebration of the beauty, strength and versatility of paper.

“The exhibition also looks at the mediums used to transform the paper into images that depict the real but can be an illusion of reality,” Devlin said.

“My subjects, which come from the natural world, are based on Etruscan and Byzantine statues, Roman frescoes and mosaics and stained glass windows.

“All of the works I’ve created for Drawn to Paper have been made to accentuate the qualities of the materials used, the beauty in these materials and how they can relate to a subject.”

Born in Subiaco and growing up in the Wheatbelt town of Merredin, Devlin now has a Toodyay studio and uses the natural world to inspire her art works.

“Faces, figures, flowers, birds and animals are my main subjects, although anything can inspire if an emotional connection is made,” she said.

“I usually work on paper using watercolour or ink, incorporating materials such as acrylics, pigment, conte crayons, collage, varnish or oil pastels, if I feel the subject needs it.”

First learning basic drawing and watercolour techniques in 1985, Devlin studied at Parkerville’s Trish Austin Art School in the mid-1990s, Claremont School of Art in 2003 and advanced watercolour painting in the US in 2005.

The studies paid off – she has won 24 awards, been in 33 group exhibitions, had major commissions from the Shire of Toodyay and Jane Brooke Estate Winery and several of her paintings are in collections belonging to Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls, the Water Corporation and CY O’Connor Institute, as well as private collectors from Perth, regional WA, the eastern states, Singapore, Europe and the UK.

In 2007, one of Devlin’s watercolours was chosen for a book on technique by American watercolour artist Tom Lynch.

“The transformation of The York Mill Gallery into the exciting and vibrant centre it is today has been a successful achievement and I am honoured to be invited to hold a solo exhibition in the Boiler Room Gallery for the second time,” she said.

The York Mill Managing Director John Langton added: “Given the success of Kaye’s paintings in the gallery during 2012, it was the only appropriate course of action to invite Kaye back to the Boiler Room for 2013 and allow our guests and collectors to explore her new works.”

Drawn to Paper runs from April 3 to 28 in the Boiler Room Gallery. Admission is free.

The York Mill is at 10 Henrietta Street, York, and the gallery is open 10am to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. For more details, call (08) 9641 2900 or go to


Artist Kaye Devlin is holding her second exhibition at The York Mill Boiler Room Gallery.

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The York Mill, situated in the beautiful Avon Valley only one hour from Perth, offers a great day excursion for the whole family. The old flour mill site shows its own remarkable history and offers fine crafts, York souvenirs, three galleries, a licensed cafe, weekend providore markets and play area for the kids.
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