Kate Sherman was born in 1970 and studied Fine Art at Birmingham from 1990-93. For 10 years she worked in London for a large contemporary art gallery, before deciding in 2005 to paint full time. She lives and works near Brighton in Sussex.
Various themes run through much of Sherman’s work - memory, longing, transience; and there are often recurring subjects – blossom, forests and woodland, dwellings, which are sometimes blurred as if seen from a moving vehicle. The imagery originates from photographs she has taken of her surrounding landscape. This photographic source is important because the paintings capture a reflective notion of memory, of the emotional distance between a real landscape and a photograph, between experience and longing. The work has a poignancy that often mediates warm familiarity with a sense of foreboding. There is also a quiet melancholy, reminiscent of Edward Hopper, that is expressed both by the portrayal of sparse unpopulated landscapes containing elemental traces of man, and by the restrained palette suffused in a reserved northern European light.
1990-93 BA Hons Fine Art University of Central England, Birmingham
Sept 2021 Figurative Art Now, Mall Galleries, London
Nov 2020 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition (Awarded Humphreys Purchase Prize)
Jan 2020 The Seventh View, C24 Gallery, New York
Nov 2019 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
Oct 2018 Wells Art Contemporary, Somerset
June 2018 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
Oct 2015 The National Open Art Competition, Royal College of Art, London
June 2015 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
June 2019 Coast, ONCA Gallery, Brighton
Sept 2018 Forest, Reuben Colley Fine Art, Birmingham
March 2018 Blossom & Forest, Rowe & Williams Gallery, Suffolk
Nov 2017 Downland, The Jointure Gallery, Sussex
Nov 2016 Rendlesham, ONCA Gallery, Brighton
Oct 2015 Moving Images, The Jointure Gallery, Sussex
Cavaliero Finn, London and Irving Contemporary, Oxford
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
At the beginning of 2020 I started work on a series of small birch paintings, and they became my focus during lockdown. They are of a wooded area near my home, 10 minutes walk away, where there is a small group of silver birch trees. I became somewhat obsessive about photographing them at different times of day, in different weathers, and noticing the changes as the seasons progressed. The paintings are mostly about light and the way the pale birch trunks reflect and glow in different conditions. Lockdown felt a lot like time was standing still, but going to the woods I saw nature carrying on regardless which felt quite comforting.
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