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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.



Sydney Contemporary 2021 | Explore

Gallerysmith Presents Kate Ballis, Dadang Christanto, Fiona Hiscock, Susanne Kerr, Waldemar Kolbusz and Catherine Nelson at Sydney Contemporary Explore 2021.

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In this time like no other, Gallerysmith has brought together a curated selection of artists' experiences of 2020 with this online exhibition 2020 (REAR) VISION. This exhibition draws artists from both within and beyond Gallerysmith and aims to provide a snapshot, as a social history record of a most unusual and challenging time. It contains work which is reflective, responsive, reactive and importantly, honest.
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I AM WOMAN | A Group Exhibition for International Women’s Day 2021

On International Women's Day 2021 we acknowledge the achievements of girls and women around the world. We celebrate those who ...
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Infra Realism: Lilac Lux | Kate Ballis

Kate Ballis' exhibition Infra-Realism 2021 revisits the wild and wonderful Palm Springs. Working with a converted infrared digital camera Ballis creates a saturated space between reality and the surreal.
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Sydney Contemporary presents 2020…

Gallerysmith is excited to present the works of Kate Ballis, Penny Byrne, Fiona Hiscock, Waldemar Kolbusz and Catherine Nelson in Sydney Contemporary presents 2020... Click for further details.
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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 1985, lives Melbourne

Solo Exhibitions


Atlantis, Gallerysmith, Melbourne, VIC (upcoming)
Wonderworld, David Jones Gallery, Sydney, NSW

Infra Realism: Lilac Lux, Gallerysmith, Melbourne, VIC

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

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

Hypercolour Fantasy: Infra Realism, Garis and Hahn, Los Angeles, USA
Pulse Miami Art Fair, Garis and Hahn, Miami, USA

Glace Noir, Black Eye Gallery, NSW
Infra Realism, Jardan, VIC

 Group Exhibitions and Fairs

Kings School Art Prize, Finalist, The King’s School, Parramatta, NSW

Hundreds and Thousands, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Going Home, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide, SA
Coming Home, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, NSW
fresh eyes: reimagining robin boyd’s walsh street’, Melbourne Design Week
PAN Amsterdam, RAI Amsterdam exhibition centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Bowness Photography Award, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
Not Fair, Melbourne, curated by Ashley Crawford and Sam Leach
Summer Salon, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Contemporary presents 2020 (virtual art fair)
Head on at 107, Head On photo Festival, curated by Sandy Edwards, Redfern, NSW
RE(NEW)AL, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Summer Show, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, NSW

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

London Art Fair, London, UK
AAF Brussels, Belgium
AAF Hampstead, London, UK
Affordable Art Fair, ARTITLED Contemporary, London, UK
KunstRAI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Art The Hague, The Netherlands
AAF Battersea, London, UK Art House Collective, Jardan, VIC

Straight Lines, Black Eye Gallery, NSW
Art The Hague, The Netherlands
AAF Battersea, London, UK 

2020       Shot and Edited on iPhone, Torres del Paine National Park, Apple USA.

2018       Nicholas Building Tenants, City Square Metro Tunnel, Melbourne, VIC


Parliament House Art Collection

2021       Lekka Angelopoulou, Sofia, ‘Architectural photographers reimagine robin boyd’s iconic modernist house in Melbourne’, Designboom, April 3, 2021

2020       ‘Hyperphantasia: a trip through the California desert – in pictures’, The Guardian, 15 February

2019      ‘Tired of Intellectualising Everything? This Photographer Is’, The Design Files, 26 March

2019      ‘Spectrums of the Galapagos’ Photography Exhibition by Kate Ballis’, Yellowtrace, 8 April

2018      Infra Realism, Manuscript Publishing

2018       Gibson, Eleanor ‘Kate Ballis’ infrared photography displays California modernism in vivid hues’, 20 February

2018       Pitcher, Laura, ‘Photographer Kate Ballis Makes your Palm Springs Vacation Photos look Basic’, iD/ Vice Magazine, 20 June

2018       Klingelfuss, Jessica, ‘Kate Ballis’ candy-coloured dreamscapes hit the sweet spot in Los Angeles’, Wallpaper, 28 July

2018       Carter, Felicity, ‘Kate Ballis Showcases a Hypercolor Fantasy in her Latest Exhibition, Infra Realism’, Forbes, 4 August

2018       Sara Tardiff, ‘You’ll Never Look at Iconic Palm Springs Architecture the Same Way’, Architectural Digest Magazine, 21 August

2018       Carolan, Nicholas, ‘The Pink Print’, Grazia

2018       ‘Infra Realism: deserts saturated with colour in pictures’, The Guardian, 16 October

2017      ‘First look: This Melbourne-based photographer has captured one of the world’s most beautiful natural attractions’, Vogue Australia, 27 June

2017      Murrell, Elle, ‘Kate Ballis’, The Design Files, 19 June

2017      Lawson, Kate, ‘In her Candy Colored Dreams’, The September Issues

2017      Black, Holly, ‘Reimagining Californian Landscapes through Infrared’, Another Magazine, 26 July

2017      ‘Hyper-real Perspectives’, Aesthetica Magazine, 30 July



Kate Ballis is a Melbourne-based photographic artist whose work explores the theme of seeing the unseen. Her colour-drenched artworks employ infra-red technology…

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