Kiran McKinnon

Kiran's work engages with experience and memory, particularly of the sensations of the natural world

The work is large scale and her unique processes of painting in acrylic on raw canvas involves spray, wash, wet on wet brushwork, and large quantities of water. The painting process weathers the canvas, mimicking in many ways the ephemeral processes the paintings invoke.

"Weather and water are often at the centre of the places and experiences in the world that capture my attention, and thus find their way into my work. Rivers, lakes, the sea, rain, clouds, mist, all find reference in my work, and their echo in the methods I use to paint; misting, spraying and washing of water and paint across the canvas." ​

Kiran McKinnon is an abstract painter who lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand. She studied in London, UK and Auckland, NZ, gaining an MFA (1st class hons) from the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 2001.

5 questions, 5 answers

Do you have a favourite colour?


How do you take your coffee?

With cream!

Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?

My radio tuned to RNZ concert

Who is your favourite artist of all time + now? Why?

Can't narrow that down to one, but some influential favourites (in no particular order) are; Cezanne, Bridget Riley, Katharina Grosse, Mark Rothko, Monet, Helen Frankenthaler. I have also recently enjoyed discovering the work of Australian artist Ash Keating.

5 words to explain you or your art?

Intuitive, luminous, elusive, colourful, contemplative