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.
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
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
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