Barbara Kitallides

       Decoding the Jungle is the latest collection of works by Melbourne-based artist Barbara Kitallides.

In this series, Barbara Kitallides navigates the emotional jungle that sometimes lives within and around us. Through her abstract landscapes, Barbara explores the chaos of both our physical and emotional worlds. The resulting works are where these two worlds intersect.

Barbara approaches each painted landscape from dual perspectives – from the sky looking down and from the ground looking up – giving each work a layered complexity.
It is the artist’s desire to connect both perspectives and analyse their commonality, discovering that they habitually co-exist.  

Barbara’s influences are apparent in the overall feel, technique and palette adopted in this body of work. The artist cites the pop colours and flat black of Andy Warhol’s screen prints, Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach’s personality inkblot test, and the romantic undertones of Australian landscape artists as key reference points.

The presence of colour in Decoding the Jungle is psychological. The contrasting nature of the palette symbolises the spectrum of human emotion: candy pink represents the heart, the deep and alluring camouflage green embodies the jungle, while the intense golden yellow and orange is a vehicle for new and unchartered opportunities that await. Acting as an antagonist, and indicative of our personal fears, is the heavy black acrylic, simultaneously liberating and repressing the surrounding movement and colour.

On a surface level, each artwork in this series takes on the abstract form, but when inspected a little more closely, presents itself as a unique jungle landscape. The works in Decoding the Jungle invite the audience to navigate and explore their own personal jungle, and seek clarity through the lush density of the jungle labyrinth.

‘It's like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder’ – Grand Master Flash



Works can be shipped within Australia + internationally at an additional cost, or picked up directly from TDF Collect in Collingwood, Melbourne.

Couriers within Melbourne can also be arranged at an additional cost to the buyer. 

TDF Collect will be open for artwork pick ups following the exhibition.


TDF’s Friends + Faves
Thursday, October  19th –
Tuesday October 24th

TDF Collect
14 Little Oxford Street
Collingwood, VIC

Opening Night 
Thursday, October 19th, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Gallery Hours
Friday, October 20th, 10am - 4pm

Saturday, October 21st, 10am - 4pm
Sunday, October 22nd, 11am - 3pm
Monday, October 23rd, 10am - 4pm
Tuesday, October 24th, 10am - 4pm




Presales open Tuesday, October 3rd. 

Sales open from 7am, and our team will attend to sales emails from 9am.  


TDF Collect is an art exhibition program, curated by Australia's most popular design blog, The Design Files.