Kathy Prest

“Being passionate about dynamics of movement in dance is my inspiration for creating tactile, sensuous sculptures, with each piece telling its own story. I look for the underlying anatomy and transform it into harmonious, simplified forms, and strive to capture the fleeting magic.

 

I work in clay for the suppleness and delicacy of the medium and its willingness to be transformed into classical figures that come alive and dance across the table. When working in plaster, I use the enigmatic body of a dancer simplified in a moment of time. This medium dictates that details are eliminated so the sculpture is timeless.

 

My goal is to inspire those who see my work to appreciate the beauty in the people around them.”

Kathy is self taught and best known for her sculptures of simplified dancers caught in a moment of time. Born in London and living and working in Hertfordshire, UK, she works in the medium of sculpture using either clay or plaster which is predominantly cast in bronze. Kathy’s interest in the dynamics of movement in dance is the inspiration for her tactile and sensuous sculptures eclipsing all her previous passions.

Teaching:

2003 – current       Modelling in clay at private adult classes since 2003 in North London and Hertfordshire. Although initially a figurative class with 
                              a live model, the class has evolved to cover a vast range of sculptures and very few ideas are discouraged, which forever
                              expands my abilities which I find extremely exciting. Students are given the option of firing or casting and encouragement given
                              to anyone who wishes to exhibit.

Group Exhibitions:

2019    The Society of Women Artists, The Mall Galleries, London                                                                                        
            The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London                                                                                      
            Arkley Fine Art, Hitchin, Hertfordshire                                                                                             
            Hemsley Gallery, Hemsley, Yorkshire

2018    The Society of Women Artists, The Mall Galleries, London                                                                      
            Arkley Fine Art, Hitchin, Hertfordshire                                                                                                     
            Hemsley Gallery, Hemsley, Yorkshire

2017    Jack Fine Art, Yorkshire                                                                                                                 
            Society of Women Artists, The Mall Galleries, London                                                                              
            Red Rag Gallery, Stow on the Wold, Gloucester                                                                                    
            Farnham & Lake, Aynhoe Park, Oxfordshire                                                                                            
            Arkley Fine Art Gallery, Hitchin, Hertfordshire          

2016    Ballon Rouge Art Gallery, Thame, Oxfordshire                                                                                     
            Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London                                                                                                    
            Edinburgh Art Fair, Edinburgh                                                                                                                             
            Jack Fine Art, Hemsley, Yorkshire                                                                                                                                                
            Art Movement Gallery, Battersea, London                                                                                                     
            Herts Open Studio                                                                                                                                            
            Society of Women Artists, The Mall Galleries, London                            

2015    Gallery Argentum, London WC1                                                                                                                          
            Citi Bank, Canary Wharf, London                                                                                                                         
            Art Movement Gallery, Battersea, London                                                                                                        
            Living Crafts, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire                                                                                                      
            App Art Godalming, Surrey                                                                                                                       
            Edinburgh Art Fair, Skylark Gallery, Edinburgh                                                                                           
            Society of Women Artists, The Mall Galleries. London                                                                                   
            Jack Fine Art Gallery, Hemsley, Yorkshire

2014    George Thornton Gallery, Nottingham                                                                                                         
            Skylark Gallery, Oxo Tower, London                                                                                                                            
            CO2 Gallery, Colchester, Essex                                                                                                                                 
            Society of Women Artists, Mall Galleries, London                                                                                             
            AAF Battersea, Art Movement Gallery                                                                                                           
            Living Crafts, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

Awards:

2016     Artavita, Certificate of Excellence                                                                                                                   
             Light Time & Space Gallery, Florida, nominated

2015     British Women Artists, nominated                                                                                                            
             Society of Women Artists – Sculpture Award,Mall Galleries, London                                          

2012     EWAAC Award

2006     Chelsea Art Society – Sculpture Award

2005     London Art: Best Visual Artist, Oxo Tower, London                                                                                                        
             Society of Women Artists – Best Figurative Artist, Mall Galleries, London

 

Commissions:

2018     Private Commission, Hertfordshire

2015     Private Commission, London

2013     House Surgery Interior Design, Chelsea                                                                                                         
             Miracles Charity, Lambeth, London

Bibliography:

2018     The Society of Women Artists catalogue article ‘A sculptor Passionate about Dance’

2007     Artists & Illustrators ‘Spirit of the Dance’ article         

2001     Hertfordshire Magazine. Front Cover & article ‘Kathy’s a model woman’