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Kate Livingstone

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Degree: MFA
University: Edinburgh College of Art
Graduation Year: 2016

New Blood Art Statement

The paintings of Kate Livingstone are distinctively striking; vibrating hues and controlled patterns are all-embracing. Her visual language verges on the obsessive, reminiscent of the tantalisingly intricate efforts of James Siena. Livingstone's work however, uniquely oscillates between tight, structured foreground and loose, intuitive, and brilliantly coloured patches which seemingly glow from behind. Rivers and eruptions of energetic hues swarm the canvas, intermingling, and embracing each other, while the structural pattern in the fore tames and gives an illusion of depth. The bridge between intuition and deliberation is evident in these paintings and the clash of raw materiality and precise form react extraordinarily on each canvas. The resulting imagery explores the possibility of colour and mark-making with dazzling bravura.

Artist Statement

Within my painting practice I have developed a nuanced language of layering and paint mixing techniques, combining traditional mediums with industrial varnishes, enamels and sprays, which come together to create a sense of the alchemic. From spontaneous happenings in the flows of liquid paint, emerges a shimmering and absorbing surface that blossoms into networks of graphic forms. Dynamic movements within the layers of composition suggest a simultaneous coming together and splitting apart of matter. Ambiguous shapes separate from the surface and move amongst each other; bacterial growth, chemical volatility, particle reactions within the microcosm of the painted surface. Originally from County Durham, I have been living and working in Edinburgh since 2007. I graduated with a BA Hons First Class in Painting from Edinburgh College of Art in 2011 and an MFA with Distinction in Contemporary Art Practice from Edinburgh College of Art in 2016. In 2016 I received the Society of Scottish Artists New Graduate Award, the Barnes-Graeme Travel to Italy Award and was long-listed for the John Moores Painting Prize.

Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

2016 SSA Annual Exhibition – Scottish Royal Academy, Edinburgh
2016 ECA MFA Degree Show - Edinburgh College of Art
2016 Drawing on Drawing - Edinburgh College of Art Salonathon - Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh
2015 Water on Mars – The Number Shop, Edinburgh
2015 Interim - Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh
2015 A World of Ego Close to the Gods - Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh
2015 To Court - Gayfield Creative Spaces, Edinburgh
2015 Space - Kalopsia Gallery, Edinburgh
2015 Salontology - Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh
2014 Paint Like You Mean It Exhibition and Painting Prize - Interview Room 11, Edinburgh
2014 The Macmillan Art Show 2014 - Bonham's Auctioneers, Queen Street, Edinburgh
2013 'Mandala' Installation for Anthropologie, Westfield Centre, London
2013 The Macmillan Art Show 2013 - Bonham's Auctioneers, Queen Street, Edinburgh
2013 The Uneasiness of Graceful Movement - St Andrew’s and St Georges West Church, George Street, Edinburgh
2013 'Reef' - Artist in Residence for Anthropologie, George Street, Edinburgh
2013 By the Way They Hang and Turn - The Old Ambulance Depot, Edinburgh
2012 The Black Cube Collective - The Arts Complex and Old St Pauls Church, Edinburgh Houses - Edinburgh 2012 Art Festival with Cargo Collective - The Old Ambulance Depot, Edinburgh
2012 Another Time Another Place - Whitespace Gallery, Edinburgh
2011 Beyond the Frame - The Park Gallery, Falkirk VortexWall - Whitespace Gallery, Edinburgh
2011 ECA Degree Show – Edinburgh College of Art
2011 ECA Degree Show Preview – Arts Complex, Edinburgh
2011 An Exhibition of Paintings - St Andrew’s and St Georges West Church, George Street, Edinburgh
2010 Reliques – Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Durham University
2010 A Wing And A Prayer - The Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough

Original works:

Cetacean Painting

By Kate Livingstone

£900

Anemone I

By Kate Livingstone

£300

Anemone II

By Kate Livingstone

£300

Mandala

By Kate Livingstone

£600

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Affinity

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Cetacean Bones

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Drift

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Implosion

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Evil Eye

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Lotus

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