Barbara Kitallides

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Monday 8th July 2013

Painting by Melbourne artist Barbara Kitallides.  Photo – Eve Wilson.

Studio details from the workspace of Melbourne artist Barbara Kitallides.  Photo – Eve Wilson.

Barbara at work in her home studio.  Photo – Eve Wilson.

Melbourne artist Barbara Kitallides in her home studio.  Photo – Eve Wilson.

A couple of months ago I gave a little talk at The Social Studio in Melbourne, as part of their ‘Quick Unpick’ series of talks and lectures for the The L’oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival cultural program.  It was a really lovely event because it was so intimate – perhaps about 20 people came along and sat around a communal table whilst I spoke and flicked through a few slides, and afterwards there was an opportunity to chat with some of the lovely ladies who attended.  One attendee was Melbourne based designer-turned-artist Barbara Kitallides, who followed up shortly after our first meeting with some images of her paintings.  I was instantly taken with her incredible use of colour, and was super keen to share her work with you guys (before anyone else beat me to it!).

Barbara originally studied visual communication at Monash University in Melbourne.  After studying she travelled throughout Europe, and visiting all the incredible European art galleries instilled in her a deep appreciation for fine art, and her for painting was born.  ‘It was during this trip I found myself drawn more to painting, and wanting to break away from the design grid’ says Barbara.

Barbara draws on a wide range of influences in her work.  She loves Australian, Spanish and American art, and is particularly fond of the work of Australian artists Albert Tucker and Sidney Nolan.  At the other end of the spectrum, Barbara says she also finds new media endlessly inspiring – ‘Instagram and online resources provide such an amazing source of inspiration and reference for my work too’ she says.

Barbara currently works from a home studio, creating large abstract works using acrylic paint on canvas.  They’re extraordinarily vibrant works, full of colour and energy.  ‘In some ways I describe my style as abstract ’emotional landscapes’ says Barbara. ‘Everything I do both in life and art is very much linked to human emotion’.  It follows, then, that Barbara tends to paint spontaneously – painting around 80% of a new work in the first two sittings, then re-visiting it in the following weeks to add the finishing touches. ‘For me art is the most frustrating yet beautifully rewarding thing I do. I love the days when hours of painting feels like minutes, getting completely lost in the canvas’ she says.

Barbara is not currently represented by a gallery – for all enquiries, please contact her directly through the contact form on her website.

Painting by Melbourne artist Barbara Kitallides.  Photo – Eve Wilson.

Studio mess is the most photogenic kind of mess!  Photo – Eve Wilson.

Finished works in the studio.  Photo – Eve Wilson.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Monday 8th July 2013


  • Linda Delaney 3 years ago

    What beautiful use of colour. Barbara’s paintings would be a home in many interior spaces. Great find and thanks for sharing Lucy!

  • Liz Kerby 3 years ago

    They make me smile just looking at them !

  • kirsty 3 years ago

    WOW so inspiring, love them so much!

  • Elle 3 years ago

    Absolutely adore her work … xx

  • Juanita 3 years ago

    Amazing so refreshing and revealing at the same time. Love your work B must get you over to LA for a showing.

  • Cathg1g2 3 years ago

    Beautiful works
    Someone will snap her up for sure

  • Georgie 3 years ago

    Stunning works, thanks for sharing. Beautiful use of colour too, with such a vibrant style.

  • Natalie G 3 years ago

    Beautiful use of colour! Stunnig works

  • Emily 3 years ago


  • Vanessa 3 years ago

    Wow! Stunning

  • Athena 3 years ago

    Stunning! Such amazing work! How vibrant and lively!

  • Diana 3 years ago

    Amazing pieces! So much happy colour!

  • ysiggy 3 years ago

    Amazing – the colours are so vibrant and happy!

  • Charlie 3 years ago

    Such gorgeous pieces. Would love them up at my place. Another example of hidden Melbourne talent – well done TDF for uncovering and sharing.

  • Vic @ Cush & Nooks 3 years ago

    Exquisite colour, I love her work. Thanks for sharing Lucy x

  • Sara Tiefenbrun 3 years ago

    Joyous work. Makes me think of British artist Gillian Ayres – I filmed at her studio which was also a very photogenic place.

  • Madalene gravina 3 years ago

    Your paintings are wonderful

  • Meri 3 years ago

    WOW!!! totally blown away…great use of colour, would look great in any home/studio/workspace!!Thanks for sharing a local artist!!

  • Meredith 3 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful works! Amazing colours.

  • Jen 3 years ago

    She’s too clean…

  • Corner Story 3 years ago

    Gorgeous! LOVE her colours, thanks for sharing Barbara’s work Lucy. x

  • Donna 3 years ago

    Gorgeous work Barbara! Wondered what you had been doing with yourself since Dux ;-)

  • Catherine Carnegie 3 years ago

    Puts you in a good mood to look at this work. Love to discover a new and refreshing Melbourne artist. I will spread the word as Barbara’s talent deserves to be supported.

  • Mary 3 years ago

    Gorgeous work. I love the colors and the joy that they bring. But especially….I adore what the work is about . abstract ‘emotional landscapes’ . Joyful!

  • james 3 years ago


  • Lauren Peters 3 years ago

    I am so chuffed to call Barbara my friend, she is one of the most amazing and talented people I know. It’s so great to see her work featured here, well done Lucy for recognising her talent and allowing her to shine. Love you BK! xxx

  • Leah 3 years ago

    These are absouletly breath taking! I would love to have one of these in my home.

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