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Story of the Artist

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With over 25 years of  professional practice, Kate has earned numerous accolades as a Watercolour and Oil Painter,  including being an elected member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and a member of the Society of Women Artists.

Kate’s location and landscape hugely influence her subject matter. Historically, she is a ‘painter of life,’ utilising en plein air sessions and life drawing to inform her narrative paintings. , Her  fascination with mark-making, layering and textures  fuels her passion for experimentation and constantly pushes through new techniques to develop into fresh ideas.

Kate’s narrative  evolves from her love of the human form, pattern, chiaroscuro, and theatricality.

 

“Themes emerge, and the narrative becomes apparent, often stemming from life experiences, both past and present.” - Kate Bentley

Exhibition
History

Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London 2023,  2022,  2020-13,  2010-05

Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries. London 2024-22, 2020, 2018, 2017, 2014, 2013, 2010, 2008

Royal Society of British Artists, Annual Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London  2024,2023, 2022

Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh  2024,2023, 2022, 2019, 2017

 

New English Art Club 2022
 

Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual -2021,2023


Royal Birmingham Society of Artists 2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2005

Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside.2014, 2013, 2009
Lakes Artists Society 2019-2007

Birmingham Watercolour Society 2013

Edinburgh Art Fair 2022, 2019, 2018, 2015, 2014

Manchester Art Fair 2019, 2018, 2015, 2014

Society of Scottish Artists, Scottish Royal Academy 2021,2022,2023

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh 2022,2023
 
New Light Prize Touring exhibitions 2020-21
 
&2023-24 -Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Birkenhead. Bankside Gallery, Southbank, London. Rheged Arts Centre, Penrith.The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle. The Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate.

Solo
Exhibitions

2024-Kimono Journeys, The Morningside Gallery,Edinburgh.
 
2023 - Kimono Stories, The Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright
2022 -  ‘Ruskin’s Reverie No 2’ at The Blue Gallery, Brantwood
2020-21 -  ‘Ruskin’s Reverie’ Artist in Residence Exhibition, Brantwood, Coniston
2017 - ‘ Ophelia’, Bellwood &Wright Fine Art Gallery, Lancaster
2015 - ‘Drama in the Dales’, The Lime Gallery, Settle
2013 - ‘Skyline’ The Lime Gallery, Settle
2011 - ‘The Darker side of Light’, Severn Studio, Brantwood, Coniston

Prizes, Awards & Memberships

2023 -Awarded membership to the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours
 
2022 - The John Wood Award- The Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize, London
 
2020 - 3rd Prize -The Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize, London
 
2020 - Second Prize -The Upfront Open Exhibition, Upfront Gallery, Penrith
 
2019 - First Prize -The Upfront Open Exhibition, Upfront Gallery, Penrith
 
2018 - The John Entwistle People’s Choice Award-Lakes Artist Summer Exhibition
 
2018 - Awarded ‘The Private View Prize’-The Cumbrian Open Exhibition, Upfront Gallery, Penrith
 
2017 - The John Entwistle People’s Choice Award-Lakes Artist Summer Exhibition
 
2017 - Awarded-Lancashire Life's Landscape Artist of the Year
 
2017 - Prize Winner ‘2nd’ The Cumbrian Open Exhibition, Upfront Gallery, Penrith
 
2016 - ‘HRH Princess Michael of Kent Watercolour Award’-Mall Galleries, London.
 
2014 - Awarded associate membership to the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
 
2014 - Awarded Full membership to The Society of Women Artists, London

2013 - Prize-winner at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists ‘Annual Prize Exhibition’

2013 - Awarded associate membership to the The Society of Women Artists, London

2012 - Awarded membership to the Lakes Artists Society

2012 - Awarded membership to the Birmingham Watercolour Society

2012 - ‘The Peter Tyson Award’ -The Lakes Artists Society

2010 - ‘The Rheged Prize’ -The Lakes Artists Society

2008 - ‘The Winsor and Newton Choice Award’- The Society of Women Artists

2005 - Portrait Award- Granada TV. North-East Finalist-for programme “A Brush with Fame”
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