Khi-Lee Thorpe


Khi-Lee Thorpe is a Melbourne based visual artist working primarily in abstract painting and collage using bold mark making techniques. She is a descendant of the Worimi people of the Mid North Coast of NSW. Her time growing up in regional NSW, the coastal areas of her family and ancestors and in urban areas around Sydney and Melbourne all influence her work.
Thorpe makes her work sequestered in a small outdoor studio, reflecting on the city standing just on the other side of the fence. Through this practice of cognizant observation she is able to capture unexpected moments the city offers her – the space between the noise, the beauty amidst the chaos. Spontaneous marks evolve into a thoughtful, at times explosive, synchronisation of standout colours and speculative tones, in layers of paint and collage on wood.

Thorpe graduated with a Masters of Contemporary Art from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University and also holds a Masters of Media and Communication from Swinburne University of Technology. She has worked in radio as a broadcaster and has previously produced sound montages and video art.

Solo exhibitions include Spaces Between Clamour at Fox Galleries (2017) and Home at Five Walls Project Melbourne (2017). Group exhibitions include Delve at The Crypt in the Abbotsford Convent Melbourne, The Deafening Silence of these Drawings at Kings ARI Melbourne and Group Conversations; Australia’s Shame at The George Paton Gallery Melbourne (2016).


Master of Contemporary Art, Faculty Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne

Master of Media and Communication – Swinburne University of Technology

Graduate Diploma Art – Painting – The University of Newcastle, NSW

Bachelor of Arts Visual Art – The University of Newcastle, NSW


Women’s Art Register, Trocadero Artspace, Melbourne

Spaces Between Clamour (solo), Fox Galleries, Melbourne
Delve, The Crypt, Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford
Home (solo), Five Walls Project, Melbourne (solo)
Deafening Silence of these Drawings, Kings ARI, Melbourne
Group Conversations; Australia’s Shame, The George Paton Gallery, Melbourne

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Khi-Lee Thorpe