This month’s image was just one of the hundreds submitted for DRAW 12, the SGFA’s Annual Open Exhibition. Non-member Katherine Peeke offered us ‘Matt Series’ which will be on show with 208 other works at the Menier Gallery, London SE1 from 1st to 13th October 2012. We asked Katherine to tell us a little about herself:
“Matt Series” by Katherine Peeke A.A.S (Hons)
I work within a conceptual/realism vein in painting, linear life-studies and an urban theme within photography. Both this year and last I made it to the second round of judging in the BP Portrait Awards.
I studied graphic design in England, and later graduated with honours from Parsons School of Design in New York, where I continued with a post-graduate course in air brushing. My experience in art and design is varied: I have held positions in photography, photomicrography, draughting, graphic design and illustration. Life drawing and painting have influenced the change of direction in my work towards fine art
The ‘Matt” study evolved from a realism portrayal into a series of twelve, cumulating in a fractured layering. Working in this way of progression has enabled me to experiment to reach an unexpected result.
My work reflects the influence of the places I’ve lived: France, Germany, the USA, Singapore and England.
I have exhibited at the Harvey, Forest, Guildford House and Lewis Elton galleries in Guildford, the Vivartis Autumn Festival at Witley, the Lightbox in Woking, the Minerva, the Chichester National Open, The Mall Galleries and Cork Street. Also on display, at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, is “Mill Studio,” which won the 2007 Guildford calendar competition.
My close involvement in the art world has now expanded into curating, with the launch in December 2010 of “Gallery Eleven”.