Approved: 16.08.2006

Katharine Horgan

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Approved: 16.08.2006

My paintings are concerned with the medium of paint itself and the viewing experience of. As formal spatial experiments, they focus on challenging the two poles of surface and picture plane. Imagery redundant to rid any loading of meaning, this gives exclusive focus to the conversations between canvas and artist.
Using a specifically subtle and neutral colour pallet, relationships are built tonally.

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  • Location: Leeds, Yorkshire
 

Biography

My paintings are concerned with the medium of paint itself and the viewing experience of. As formal spatial experiments, they focus on challenging the two poles of surface and picture plane. Imagery redundant to rid any loading of meaning, this gives exclusive focus to the conversations between canvas and artist. Using a specifically subtle and neutral colour pallet, relationships are built tonally. Layers of translucent and impasto oils, are continually applied and the paintings evolve slowly, naturally dictating their own progression as mark making becomes responsive. With paint repeatedly applied to the surface only to be worked back into, what is to be left included in the final composition is as important as what is eliminated. Reductive mark-making plays a fundamental role, where ragging and stripping the paint away becomes as significant compositionally as specifically applied areas. Recently mark making has become more complex, fluid and intricate; but rather than decorative, this is a considered response in building spatial settings. Often working in diptych and triptych formats, the introduction of panels can form a final and integral part to some works. Process painted, their making involves combing horizontally through a single hue of thick paint. A deliberate contrast, these frame to create a dialogue and bring the viewer back to the surface. Amongst the set parameters of their making, each painting evolves to reach its own identity, layers revealing the history of its construction. It is arriving at the point between illusionistic depth and materialistic surface, that sees the completion of each work. Each finding and occupying the space between surface and picture plane, in offering a spatial setting that invites the viewer to look both into and at.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2005 - BA Hons, Fine Art Achieving 1st Class Honours, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England Solo exhibitions 2005 - Recent Paintings & Prints - August 12th to September 30th, North Street Gallery, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England Group exhibitions 2007 - Group Exhibition, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield 2007 - On Your Wall, Leeds Met Gallery, Leeds 2006 - Art London (with Vertigo Gallery, London), Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London 2006 - Group Exhibition & Auction, Bishopthorpe Palace, York 2006 - International Art Consultants Ltd/Art for Offices, Dock Street, London 2006 - New Paintings, The Gascoigne Gallery, Harrogate 2006 - Northcote Gallery, Chelsea, London 2006 - The Sefton Open, Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport 2006 - Vertigo Gallery, Shoreditch, London 2005 - Art Factory, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England 2004 - Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England 2003 - Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England 2003 - Yorkshire & Humberside Artists Show 2004, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England Projects 2003 - X-Site, Public Arts Headquarters, Wakefield Competitions, prizes and awards 2006 - Celeste Art Prize, Shortlisted for Professional Artists Category by Goldsmiths College Curatorial Programme, The Well, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London 2006 - DLA Piper Art Award - Shortlisted by Sarah Myerscough Gallery, Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London