Kate Shooter

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Overview

Born: 11.03.74

Foundation in Art & Design, Howard Gardens Art School – Cardiff 1992-1993
BA Hons Fine Art, Sculpture, Wimbledon School of Art, London 1993 – 1996

After leaving art school I continued my practice in painting rather than sculpture and exhibited widely in London and South Wales until 2005. For some years after that time motherhood and a return to live in Wales pushed me in somewhat sideways direction – designing and making furniture for a living.

Since making a complete return to painting full time in 2016, I have immersed myself fully in the process, building up a body of work and starting to exhibit again, culminating in my first solo show in 15 years in September of 2020.
I work from my home studio, near Abergavenny in the Black Mountains of South Wales.

My painting tends to teeter on the brink of tangible, being neither entirely abstract nor figurative. It is this suggestion of narrative, this in-between world, that most preoccupies me in making work. I love the precarious balance between crass and subtle, joyful and dark, object and subject. The sweet spot where opposite qualities exist side by side seems to me to illustrate most clearly the reality of living, where there is no linear storyline.

In searching for this liminal state, whilst painting, I’m often reminded of that period in childhood before learning to read; when poring over illustrations, words dancing beneath them, is a spacious, abstract activity – ultimately comforting in its unknowing.

Exhibitions

2020

Irving Gallery, Oxford – ‘A Place to Breathe’ Feb – June
Gallery At Home, Usk – Solo Show ‘Things That Go Bump In My Head’ Sept – Oct

2019

Creates Gallery, Monmouth – Group show – Feb
Oriel, Crickhowell – Open Show – May
Blackwater Gallery, Cardiff – ‘Stronger Together’ group show – May
Gallery at Home, Usk – ‘Home is not a Place’ group show – June
Art in Penallt, Monmouth – Open Show – August
RWA, Bristol – 167th Open Autumn Show
Irving Gallery, Oxford – Group Show – Nov