Guundie Kuchling bounced into life in the famous Austrian city of Salzburg. From flower girl to sausage sizzler, from snail breeder to beach comber, Guundie has done it all – and never lost the passionate interest and curiosity of a child. This is the key to her success as a fine artist and writer. Guundie has a fine arts degree from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.
She is a painter, print maker, sculptor, and picture book creator. In talks and workshops, Guundie enchants her audience by talking about art, animals, books, the environment, food, and other sources for her inspirations. She gives examples how to come up with ideas and to shape them into plots; she demonstrates how to use a lino block for print making; she unleashes the writer and artist in each of the students, young and old, and gets them creating works of their own.
Guundie lives in Perth, with a backyard populated by birds, lizards and snakes, fruit trees, herbs and vegetables. Of course, there is also her husband Dr Gerald Kuchling. He is travelling the world as a conservation biologist and has saved Australia’s most endangered turtle, the Western Swamp Tortoise, from the brink of extinction. Guundie has been helping him all along with field work. Gerald is the co-author of her two Yakkinn books and also the chief advisor for all her other non fiction picture books. He is certainly the chef in their kitchen and the big open fire place outside.
Guundie Kuchling, Master of Fine Arts, University of Applied Art, Vienna, is a practising artist, picture book creator and presenter of talks and workshops. Her oil paintings, water colours, lino prints and sculptures are represented in art collections in Europe, USA and Australia, including the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
Selected Recent Group Shows
Bendigo Art Gallery: Finalist in the 2017 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize
Atwell Gallery, Alfred Cove, “By Hand”
PS Art Space, Fremantle
Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery, Fremantle
Zigzag Gallery, Kalamunda
Tresillian Community Centre
Atwell Gallery, Alfred Cove
The Mezzanine, Darlington
Metamorphosis Art Gallery, Willeton
Galerie Magnet, Klagenfurt, Austria
Galerie Kontur, Vienna
Mundaring Art Centre: “My Own Executioner”
Recent Solo Shows
The Mezzanine, Darlington: „Leaves of Life“
Romanischer Keller, Salzburg, Austria: „Terra Amicitiae“
Hotel Maritime, Manhattan, New York: “Turtle Testimonial”
Galerie Magnet, Vienna: “Passion and Dreams”
Galerie M, Völkermarkt, Austria: “AustriaAustralis”
Moores Building, Fremantle: “Terra Lumen”
Galerie PAC, Vienna, Austria: “Lines in The Land”
Atelier Heimo, Vienna, Austria: “Animal Gestalt”