University: Edinburgh University
Graduation Year: 2016
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.
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.