About Me


Kaitlin Beckett is a Melbourne-based artist, originally from New Zealand. Working with airbrushed inks, acrylics and pastels, she has created a bestiary of curious creatures of the sea, air, land and subconscious.

Her art is influenced by the quirks of the natural world, cryptozoology, mythology, anatomy, sci-fi films, and most of all the idea of a dystopian convergence of biology and machinery. Kaitlin works primarily on canvas and paper, though she also creates sculpted beasts and automata. She has had solo exhibitions in Melbourne; exhibited in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Japan, America and Canada and her works have been collected throughout the world.



Artist's Statement

“Since childhood I have had a love for the fantastic and the imaginary – I enjoy depicting the real and the unreal together, biomechanical juxtapositions, the unusual engaged with the everyday. The natural world, odd dreams, cryptozoology, literature and science fiction inspire me; and attachments, disguises, viscera and machinery are recurring themes in my bestiary. My characters invoke a sense of pathos, unease or humour, and I like to encourage others to invent their own narrative around my creatures.”



Selected Media and Publications

OUT OF STEP BOOKS
I have a dinosaur piece in the Out of Step Books publication ‘Slithers and Scales of Inspiration’. (Nov 2015)

SLEEP PILE 
An interview on Sleep Pile’s website! (July 2016).

HOUSEINK MAGAZINE
I have an interview and feature in Houseink Magazine. (Feb 2016).

STREET ANATOMY
So pleased to have a little mention in one of my favourite blogs. (Dec 2015).

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN SCIENCE ART BLOG
My feathered dinobeasts were featured in the Symbiartic Blog. (Sept 2015).

JUST ANOTHER BOOK
My agency released their fourth publication. You can find this one and the previous Just Another Books for sale here. (July 2015).

FLAMINGO
I’m happy to have a piece of flamingo-related art published in ‘Flamingo’, a book by Caitlin Kight, part of the Animal series by Reaktion Books. You can look at a preview and purchase this one here. (June 2015).

OUT OF STEP BOOKS
I’m happy to have pieces in Out of Step Books publications ‘Black and White’ and ‘Excavate’. (March 2015)

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN SCIENCE ART BLOG
Happy to have a little feature in the Symbiartic Blog here. (Sept 2014).

6YL
Six Years Later magazine included a piece of mine in their 3rd edition with the theme ‘Instinct’. You can buy it from their website here. (Feb 2014).

JUST ANOTHER BOOK
My agency released their third publication, featuring a spread of my work and an interview. You can find them for sale here. (Dec 2013).

REANIMATION VIDEO
A vid of the opening night here put together by Carl Ellison (Nov 2013).

STUPID KRAP’S RED BOOK
I was a finalist and had an image featured in Stupid Krap’s Red Book, released at the Adelaide Analogue/Digital conference in October. The book can be ordered from here. (Oct 2013).

NOTHING TO NOBODY
A wee mention on Nothing to Nobody magazine here! (Oct 2013).

RED BUBBLE INTERVIEW AND STUDIO SHOTS
Red Bubble came by my studio and took some shots and asked me questions. Have a read here! (Oct 2013).

MY 5 THINGS ON LAZY GRAMOPHONE
As part of the promotion for the Time Project, Lazy Gramophone asked me about my top 5 influences as an artist. (Apr 2013).

FEATURE ON SYMBIARTIC
My bloodgoats got a mention on the Symbiartic Blog on Scientific American. (Mar 2013).

JUST ANOTHER BOOK
My agency released their second publication, featuring a spread of my work and an interview. You can find them for sale here. (Dec 2012).

COVER AND INTERVIEW IN DEBATE MAGAZINE
I got the cover and a feature interview in Issue #24 of AUT’s Debate magazine. You can read the full mag here. (Oct 2012).

NOTHING TO NOBODY
I have an interview in issue #9 of this brilliant publication. Download my bit here (1.7MB). (July 2012).

JUST ANOTHER BOOK
My agency released their first publication, featuring a spread of my work and an interview. (Mar 2012).

THE.SOFT.ANONYMOUS
An interview with me here by science blog the.soft.anonymous. (Feb 2012).

EXOSKELETONS VIDEOS
A show preview video here and a vid of the opening night here put together by Carl Ellison. (June/July 2011).

INVURT INTERVIEW
A short interview with me on the Invurt website. (June 2011).

I WANT YOUR SKULL
My piece Bird King is featured in issue 9 of the wonderful I Want Your Skull book. (June 2010).

BLANKET MAGAZINE – FEATURE AND COLLABORATION PROJECT
Online magazine Blanket featured me in a little article (“Cosmos” issue #22), and editor Bec Brown and I collaborated on a piece, inspired by some objects she had that she thought I might like to draw. The feature includes an interview with me, some work in progress shots and the finished creature. (June 2010).

A WEE WRITE-UP ON STROBED
A nice mention on Strobed plus some shots of the opening night of Medium:Vinyl at Hardware Gallery. (May 2010).

INTERVIEW & FEATURE – CURVY #6
I’m very pleased to have been one of 6 featured artists in Curvy 6 – a collection of female artists/illustrators from Australia and beyond. The show launching the book opened on April the 2nd 2009 at Mori Gallery in Sydney. (April 2009).

I'm currently on holiday — please note any new orders will be processed and shipped after I get back to my studio on the 25th of September 2017. Thanks! Dismiss