Kath Wallace

Norwich School of Art 1984 – 1985 Foundation Certificate
Dartington College of Arts 1985 – 1987 Art and Design in the Social Contexts
Sheffield City Polytechnic 1998 – 2000 Fine Art Painting BA Hons

Kath grew up on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, studied art in Devon and Sheffield and returned to the countryside of the Waveney Valley in 2005. In 2014 Kath joined a local exhibiting art co-operative HWAT, which prompted a major garden landscaping project to incorporate a small garden studio.

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Since then work has developed along the themes of landscape and the human form. Having a convenient studio has given a freedom to experiment with different materials, sizes and techniques. But, the best thing about the studio is its garden location. Working outside gives a sense of peace and connection to the beauty of the natural world which is so often a subject for the work.

The work varies greatly in size from tiny sketch book drawings and paintings to large canvasses. Some pieces are simple line drawings on paper or canvas, while other pieces are started with fragments of newspapers or maps and created over many months. The finished painting shows the history of its making as the different layers, colours and marks interact.

Movement and the tactile qualities of art and found materials usually form the basis of the more abstract pieces. Kath also enjoys working on more representative landscape pieces. There are always several paintings and drawings in progress at any one time. There is an almost tangible conversation between the different pieces of work. The paintings seem to dance between the fluidity of expressive lines and atmospheric colours, and the solidity of more representational imagery.