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About Guundie

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 visual artist and writer. Guundie has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

Her arts practice focuses on painting, drawing, print making, sculptures, textiles and picture book illustration. 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.

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 his field assistant. 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. The Kuchlings have a backyard populated by interesting objects, native animals, fruit trees and vegetables. Their indoor pool houses fishes, frogs and turtles.

Curriculum Vitae

Guundie Kuchling, Master of Fine Arts, University of Applied Art, Vienna. Her oil paintings, water colours, lino prints and sculptures are represented in art collections in Europe (e.g. The Vienna Museum), the USA and Australia, including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Holmes à Court Collection and The Literature Centre in Perth.

Art Exhibitions

Selected Recent Group Shows

2024Finalist in the Mandorla Art Award, Holmes à Court Gallery. My artwork was selected for touring St John of God Health Care galleries in Perth after the main exhibition

Finalist in the Minnawarra Art Awards

Finalist in the Swell Smalls Art Prize, Queensland

Stitched and Bound, Midland Junction Arts Centre; and then touring galleries in rural WA

2023Finalist in the Claremont Invitation Art Awards

Finalist in the Bayswater Art Awards

2022Finalist in Sculpture on the Scarp (Darlington Festival)

Finalist in the Ellenbrook Art Awards

Nyisztor Studio, Melville: “Framed/Unframed”

2021Finalist in the Minnawarra Art Award
Finalist for “Between the Sheets”, Gallery Central/Gallery East
Lost Eden Creative, Dwellingup: “Pragma: Perils and Passions”
Ellenbrook Gallery: “Natural Exchange”
Ellenbrook Gallery, part of the Indian Craft Triannial: “When I saw you”
2020Holmes à Court Gallery, West Perth: “Hanging by a Thread”
2019Nyisztor Studio, Melville: “Scene 2019”
2018Finalist, Paul Guest Drawing Prize 2018. Bendigo Art Gallery

Nyisztor Studio, Melville: “Double Shadow”

2017Finalist, Bendigo Art Prize 2017 (Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize). Bendigo Gallery

Winner, City of Swan Art Award 2017. Ellenbrook Gallery
Atwell Gallery, Ardross: “By Hand”
Werner Berg Museum, Bleiburg, Austria: “Wege zum Bildwerk”

2016PS Art Space, Fremantle: “Zero”
Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery, Fremantle
Zigzag Gallery, Kalamunda
2015Tresillian Community Centre
2014Metamorphosis Art Gallery, Willeton
Galerie Magnet, Klagenfurt, Austria
2010Galerie Kontur, Vienna
Mundaring Art Centre: “My Own Executioner”

Recent Solo Shows

2019Gallery Central, Perth: “Love Letters to Life”
2016The Mezzanine, Darlington: “Leaves of Life”
2011Romanischer Keller, Salzburg, Austria: “Terra Amicitiae”
2010Hotel Maritime, Manhattan, New York: “Turtle Testimonial”
Galerie Magnet, Vienna: “Passion and Dreams”
2008Galerie Magnet, Völkermarkt, Austria: “Austria-Australis”
Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery, Fremantle: “Terra Lumen”
2007Galerie PAC, Vienna, Austria: “Lines in The Land”
2004Atelier Heimo, Vienna, Austria: “Animal Gestalt”

Selected Solo and Group Shows before 2004

1997-2002Access Studio, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Cullity Gallery, Perth. ArtsHouse, Perth
1990-1997Fraueninfothek Drehscheibe, Vienna
Gomboc Gallery, Perth
Blaxland Gallery, Sydney
Addendum Gallery, Fremantle
Delaney Galleries, Perth
United Art Gallery, Vienna
Goethe Institute, Antananarivo, Madagascar


12 illustrated books (1995-2015)

  1. Mega, Mega, Mates!
  2. Naked Notes
  3. Poppy’s Gift
  4. See Food!
  5. Silverskin
  6. Squiggle, Diddle, Plop!
  7. Today is a Day
  8. Tommy’s Pet
  9. Turtle-Taxi
  10. With Love from Head to Toe
  11. Yakkinn the Swamp Tortoise – Survival
  12. Yakkinn the Swamp Tortoise – The Most Dangerous Year

Guundie Kuchling_Curriculum Vitae