Melbourne-born, Byron Bay based Kat Bak, will open her exhibition Romantica as part of the Newrybar Merchants Pop-Up Artist program and in alignment with International Womens Day on Friday 8th March. 

Through simplistic minimal lines and fluctuating brushstrokes and tone, Bak's work focuses on abstract elements of the human landscape; in particular the wondrous female form.

‘Complicated Lovers 2’   - Kat Bak

‘Complicated Lovers 2’ - Kat Bak


“Romantica grew from my romantic imagination and Deseridata - an early 1920s prose poem on the back of my bathroom door. Deseridata is something that is desired, needed, wanted." - Kat Bak

“The world flows through me, just like my pen on paper. My line on her landscape glides along to capture the essence of what is there yet cannot immediately be seen,” says Bak of her process.

Through her Romantica series she explores notions of connection, reflection, and the ideals we have within our closest relationships; between lovers, family, friends and ourselves.

Romantica grew from “[my] romantic imagination [and] Deseridata - an early 1920’s prose poem on the back of my bathroom door. Deseridata is something that is desired, needed, wanted. It made me ponder a few questions and whether the answers can simply be found in the quest of self love,” Bak explained.

‘Dignity & Grace’ - Kat Bak

‘Dignity & Grace’ - Kat Bak

Originally from Melbourne, Kat Bak currently resides in Byron Bay, facilitating the weekly Drop In Life Drawing sessions as well as curating SIDE SEAM Artspace at the local Service Denim store, exhibiting local artists and creatives.

Romantica will open on Friday 8th March to launch the International Womens Day fundraiser event hosted by Newrybar Merchants and Harvest.

Tickets are $150 and includes a welcome drink at the exhibition, followed by a three course lunch at Harvest and guest speakers, with $50 going directly to Future Dreamers, a not-for-profit all inclusive girls club inspiring young women aged 12-25 to follow their dreams.

To attend the opening of her exhibition at Newrybar Merchants including lunch Harvest for the International Womens Day fundraiser event, email info@harvestnewrybar.com.au.

Alternatively, if you can’t make the event we will be holding a second launch from 5pm -7pm on the same day which is FREE to attend.


Romantica will exhibit at Newrybar Merchants from 8th March until early April 2019.