Kate Beynon
Graveyard scene/the beauty and sadness of bones 2014–15
synthetic polymer paint on linen
Geelong Gallery
Geelong contemporary art prize (winner), 2016
© Kate Beynon

Collection leads: Kate Beynon—kindred spirits
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Collection leads: Kate Beynon—kindred spirits
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Kate Beynon
Graveyard scene/the beauty and sadness of bones 2014–15
synthetic polymer paint on linen
Geelong Gallery
Geelong contemporary art prize (winner), 2016
© Kate Beynon

Collection leads: Kate Beynon—kindred spirits
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Collection leads: Kate Beynon—kindred spirits
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Kate Beynon
Graveyard scene/the beauty and sadness of bones 2014–15
synthetic polymer paint on linen
Geelong Gallery
Geelong contemporary art prize (winner), 2016
© Kate Beynon

Collection leads: Kate Beynon—kindred spirits
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Collection leads: Kate Beynon—kindred spirits
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Kate Beynon
Graveyard scene/the beauty and sadness of bones 2014–15
synthetic polymer paint on linen
Geelong Gallery
Geelong contemporary art prize (winner), 2016
© Kate Beynon

Collection leads: Kate Beynon—kindred spirits
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Collection leads: Kate Beynon—kindred spirits
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Kate Beynon
Graveyard scene/the beauty and sadness of bones 2014–15
synthetic polymer paint on linen
Geelong Gallery
Geelong contemporary art prize (winner), 2016
© Kate Beynon

Collection leads: Kate Beynon—kindred spirits
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Collection leads: Kate Beynon—kindred spirits
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Kate Beynon
Graveyard scene/the beauty and sadness of bones 2014–15
synthetic polymer paint on linen
Geelong Gallery
Geelong contemporary art prize (winner), 2016
© Kate Beynon

Collection leads: Kate Beynon—kindred spirits
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Collection leads: Kate Beynon—kindred spirits
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Kate Beynon
Graveyard scene/the beauty and sadness of bones 2014–15
synthetic polymer paint on linen
Geelong Gallery
Geelong contemporary art prize (winner), 2016
© Kate Beynon

Collection leads: Kate Beynon—kindred spirits
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Collection leads: Kate Beynon—kindred spirits
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Kate Beynon
Graveyard scene/the beauty and sadness of bones 2014–15
synthetic polymer paint on linen
Geelong Gallery
Geelong contemporary art prize (winner), 2016
© Kate Beynon

Collection leads: Kate Beynon—kindred spirits
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Collection leads: Kate Beynon—kindred spirits
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Kate Beynon
Graveyard scene/the beauty and sadness of bones 2014–15
synthetic polymer paint on linen
Geelong Gallery
Geelong contemporary art prize (winner), 2016
© Kate Beynon

Collection leads: Kate Beynon—kindred spirits
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Collection leads: Kate Beynon—kindred spirits
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Kate Beynon
Graveyard scene/the beauty and sadness of bones 2014–15
synthetic polymer paint on linen
Geelong Gallery
Geelong contemporary art prize (winner), 2016
© Kate Beynon

Collection leads: Kate Beynon—kindred spirits
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Collection leads: Kate Beynon—kindred spirits
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Collection leads: Kate Beynon—kindred spirits

29 February to 15 November

Kate Beynon—kindred spirits is part of the ‘Collection leads’ series of exhibitions that draw on major works held in the Geelong Gallery collection to build a deeper understanding of the artist’s practice.

This painting, Graveyard scene/the beauty and sadness of bones (2014–15), represents a significant moment in an ancient Chinese myth, An-Li: A Chinese Ghost Tale, when the ghostly form of An-Li makes a nocturnal visit to his grieving mother. In Beynon’s contemporary interpretation of this scene she incorporates recognisable symbols and personal references including a heart signifying the connection between An-Li, Rose and his mother, a hand emerging from a lotus flower referring to Kwan Yin/ Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, hybrid animal/human skeletal figures that act as memento mori, lion-dogs symbolising Beynon’s Chinese zodiac year,
and oranges representing the offerings made by Buddhist ancestors.

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