Katherine Reekie SWA

Originally from London, Katherine is now based in Hastings – an environment rich in contrasts and eccentricities, and the inspiration for much of her work.

She studied Fine Art at Camberwell College, and has worked as an Art teacher, craftsperson and a carpenter. However, she has never ceased in her passion for painting and now spends her time as a full-time artist, mainly working in oil paint.

Her imagery, which is often described as accessible but slightly unnerving, is the product of an excellent grounding in traditional figurative art practice, and an interest in the surreal.

In this collection of landscapes she has depicted the fauna that you might find in the foreground of a rural East Sussex view. However, if you look a little deeper into the mesh of grass and wild flowers you might see what lurks within.

Like props on a stage she arranges her subject matter to evoke a sense of order and purpose. However, on greater inspection the world she presents is totally contrived.

Her intention is not to depict reality but to nudge people to question and consider it.

1964                      Born in London
1980-1982            D.A.T.E.C  Art and Design Richmond College, London
1982-1983             Foundation Art, Camberwell School of Art, London
1983-1986            BA Honours in Fine Art , Camberwell School of Art
1998-1999             PGCE, Goldsmiths University, London.

Solo Show
2022                       Stilled, Stables Theatre Gallery, Hastings.
2022                       Bodiam Castle Tea Room, East Sussex.
2020                      Guilded. Morris Gallery, St Leonards on Sea.
2019                      The Reekie Collection. Morris Gallery, St Leonards on Sea.
2018                      Monumental, Hastings Arts Forum St Leonards on Sea
2015                      Katherine Reekie at Crafivists, St Leonards-on-Sea
2013                      The Reekie Collection, 1066 Art Gallery Battle
2011                      Attraction and Distraction, Stables Theatre, Hastings
2010                      Art on the Beach, Hastings Arts Forum. St Leonard’s on Sea
2009                      Bonfire,White Rock Gallery, Hastings
2008                      Curiosa, Hastings Arts Forum, St Leonard’s on Sea
2007                      Beached,Hastings Arts Forum, St Leonard’s on Sea
1987                       Palace Theatre, Soho, London
1887                       Doughty Street Gallery, London

Awards and Memberships
2022                       Member of the Society of Women Artists

2022                       Presidents and Vice Presidents choice award.
2021                       Associate Member of the Society of Women Artists
2015                       Member of the Rye Society of Artists
2012                       Pure Arts, East Sussex, Best Overall Artist £1000

Selected Exhibition

2022                       Hastings Open, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.
2022                       Society of Women Artists, Mall Gallery.

2022                       RSA Summer Show. Rye.
2022                       RSA spring show. Rye Art Gallery, Rye.
2021                       Society of Women Artists, Mall Galleries, (online).
2021                       RSA Summer Show. Rye.
2021                       RSA spring show. Rye Art Gallery, Rye.
2020                       Society of Women Artists (online).
2020                       Rye Art Gallery, Rye.
2020                       Rye Bank Gallery, Rye.
2020                       Hastings Open,  Hastings Museum and Gallery, Hastings.
2019                       Creekside Open 1, Apt Gallery, London.
2019                       Creekside Open 2, Apt Gallery, London
2006 – 2019           Rye Society Artists Summer Show, Rye.
2015 – 2019           Rye Society of Artists Spring Show, Rye Art Gallery.
2019                       Is This Planet Earth?, Ferens Gallery, Hull.
2018                       Coastal Currents Art Fair, Stade Hall, Hastings
2018                       Is This Planet Earth?, Aberystwyth,Wales.
2018                       Is this planet Earth?, Ty Pawb, Wrexham, Wales,
2017                       In the Light of Surrealism 2, Hastings Arts Forum.
2017                       East Sussex Open, Towner Gallery Eastbourne
2017                       SoCo Showcase at the Hastings Arts Forum
2017                       Rye Art Gallery, Rye
2017                       The Jane Erye Project, Hastings Arts Forum
2016                       East Sussex Open, Towner Gallery Eastbourne
2015                       Miscellany, Soco Artists, Hastings Arts Forum
2015                       The Language of Green, St Mary’s in the Castle,Hastings.
2015                       Lyn Painter Stainer exhibition, Mall Galleries W1. London.
2014                       East Sussex Open, Towner Art Gallery, EastBourne
2014                       The New Georgians, Orleans House Gallery, Richmond
2013                       Affordable Art Fair, London.
2013                       Strarta Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, London
2013                       Unquiet Lands, ,Hastings Arts Forum, Hastings
2013                       Creek Side Open, selected by Paul Noble, APT Gallery,
2012                       In Light of Surrealism, Hastings Arts Forum.
2012                       Pure Arts Fair, Battle
2012                       East Sussex Open, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne
2011                       Art in Romney Marsh, Kent
2011                       East Sussex Open, Towner gallery, Eastbourne
2011                       Transmission, New cross, London
2009                       Jack-in-the-Green, Hastings Arts Forum.
2007                       1066, Todd’s Gallery, Hastings
2007                       McKenzie Gallery, Teddington, London
2007                       Oil and Stone, Advant Gallery, London
2006                       Icons and Idioms, White Rock Gallery, Hastings
2005                       Jill-in-the-Green, White Rock Gallery, Hastings
1998                       Southwark Open, South London Gallery
1991                       Notting Hill Arts Festival, London
1989                       Animals and Birds, Woodlands Gallery, London
1988                       South London Open, South London Gallery
1987                       Young Unknowns Gallery, London
1986                       Art, Royal Festival Hall, South bank, London

Professional experience
1999-2011            Secondary Art Teacher
1992-1998            Art Tutor/Coordinator, Artist in Residence in London
1990-1998            Papier Mache Artist
1998 -2000           Art Tutor, Westminster Adult Education Bibliography
2011                     The Hastings Modern Art Beach Book, Early works press.
2010                     Visions of Hastings, Early Works Press

Butter Weed in the Long Grass
Oil on Canvas
20 x 16 Inches

Oil on Canvas
17 x 17 Inches

Sea Cabbage on the Beach
Oil on Canvas
20 x 16 Inches

Bittercress in the Long Grass
Oil on Canvas
20 x 16 Inches

Poppies in the Long Grass
Oil on Canvas
24 x 16 Inches

Thistles in the Long Grass
Oil on Canvas
24 x 16 Inches