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ARTISTS | Kate Ballis


Kate Ballis is a Melbourne-based photographic artist whose work explores the theme of seeing the unseen. Her colour-drenched images of utopian landscapes use infra-red technology to isolate colours within the spectrum to bring a unique understanding of a particular place. Referencing ancient mythology and feminist icons, her work explores places and spirits of  the otherworld, making them seem even more foreign than the earth we know.

Kate’s work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Miami, and at art fairs across Europe. Her work has featured in Aesthetica, AnOther, Wallpaper, Vogue Living, VICE, Forbes among others.




Avalon of the Heart

Infra Realism


Liminality | Kate Ballis

Photographed on the Isle of Skye using a converted full spectrum camera and an infrared filter, Kate Ballis reinstates Scotland’s mythological fairies as a statuesque powerful goddesses. The series considers the myth of Cailleach who created the mountains with fire and carved them with ice, and depicts this with blood like feminine forms.
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born Melbourne, 1985

Solo Exhibitions

Liminality, Gallerysmith (virtual exhibition), Melbourne
Hyperphantasia, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney


Palm Springs Art Fair, Palm Springs, USA
Spectrums of the Galapagos, Jardan, Melbourne
Affordable Art Fair, ARTITLED Contemporary, London


Hypercolour Fantasy: Infra Realism, Garis and Hahn, Los Angeles
Pulse Miami Art Fair, Garis and Hahn, Miami
Affordable Art Fair, ARTITLED Contemporary, London

Glace Noir, Black Eye Gallery, Sydney
Infra Realism, Jardan, Melbourne


Group Exhibitions and Fairs

Sydney Contemporary, Gallerysmith (upcoming)
Renewal, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney
Summer Show, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney

Illusions, Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne
London Art Fair, London
Art Karlsruhe, Germany
KunstRAI, The Netherlands
CCP Photo Fair: Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

London Art Fair, London,
AAF Brussels, Belgium
AAF Hampstead, London
KunstRAI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Art The Hague, The Netherlands
AAF Battersea, London
Art House Collective, Jardan, Melbourne

Straight Lines, Black Eye Gallery, Sydney
Art the Hague, The Netherlands
AAF Battersea, London

 Bibliography: Books


Infra Realism, Manuscript Publishing

Bibliography: Selected Articles/Reviews


‘Tired of Intellectualising Everything? This Photographer Is’, The Design Files, 26 March

‘Spectrums of the Galapagos’ Photography Exhibition by Kate Ballis’, Yellowtrace, 8 April


Jessica Klingelfuss, ‘Infra Realism, Wallpaper

Eleanor Gibson, ‘Kate Ballis’ infrared photography displays California modernism in vivid hues’, 20 February

Laura Pitcher, ‘Photographer Kate Ballis Makes your Palm Springs Vacation Photos look Basic’, iD/ Vice Magazine, 20 June

Jessica Klingelfuss, ‘Kate Ballis’ candy-coloured dreamscapes hit the sweet spot in Los Angeles’, Wallpaper, 28 July

Felicity Carter, ‘Kate Ballis Showcases a Hypercolor Fantasy in her Latest Exhibition, Infra Realism’, Forbes, 4 August

Sara Tardiff, ‘You’ll Never Look at Iconic Palm Springs Architecture the Same Way’, Architectural Digest Magazine, 21 August

Nicholas Carolan, ‘The Pink Print’, Grazia

‘Infra Realism: deserts saturated with colour in pictures’, The Guardian, 16 October


‘First look: This Melbourne-based photographer has captured one of the world’s most beautiful natural attractions’, Vogue Australia, 27 June

Elle Murrell, ’Kate Ballis’, The Design Files, 19 June

Kate Lawson, ‘In her Candy Colored Dreams’, The September Issues

Holly Black, ’Reimagining Californian Landscapes through Infrared’, Another Magazine, 26 July

‘Hyper-real Perspectives’, Aesthetica Magazine, 30 July

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