Kate Gradwell British, Australian, b. 1972-

Born UK 1972. Moved to Australia 1999

Kate was originally educated as a scientist and in 1997 was awarded a PhD in Chemistry from Oxford University. After 15 years working in strategy and change management, Kate started painting full-time four years ago.  Rather than pursuing a formal art school education, she sought out inspiring and talented artists to learn from.


Kate’s art practice focuses mainly on landscape and portraiture using a range of methods and media. 


In 2016 Kate was selected for the Portia Geach Memorial Award for Portraiture with a portrait of Professor Attila Brungs, and in 2019 she was selected as a finalist in the Archibald Prize for her portrait of Professor Michael McDaniel. 


Kate has undertaken numerous commissions and has had artworks hung in group exhibitions and art prizes. She supports charitable and community organizations, and her paintings are held in private collections in Australia (including in the University of Sydney collection), North America, Europe and China.