WATER & LIGHT
Solo Exhibition with local artist Kate Lycett
Preview Thursday 26th March 6 – 9pm
Exhibition runs until 21st June 2015
WATER & LIGHT is our second solo exhibition with Kate and some of the paintings in this have been inspired by her regular running route between the canal and the river between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden.
Kate walks and runs between the river and the canal and is often struck by the contrast of the power of one, and the stillness of the other. The water mirrors the changing colours; the colours change with the light.
There is nowhere quite like Yorkshire for that fast changing light that leaves you in the gloom one moment and in luminous, saturated colour the next.
In the vastness of the landscape you can see the patches of light heading towards you across the hills, or the shadows coming ready to drain everywhere of colour.
Kate couldn’t live anywhere where the sun shone all the time. The brilliance of those technicolour moments takes her breath away.
Those who know and love Hebden Bridge and this valley can certainly recognise these moments and identify with Kate … and that’s one reason why they love Hebden Bridge and Kate’s paintings so much! That exactness in Kate’s work remains faithful to the reality she sees and because of this her collectors return time and time again to Heart Gallery.
Kate grew up in Suffolk where the skies are vast and the land is low and flat. Her grandad was an architect and taught her the rudiments of technical drawing when she was 9. He made her a drawing board and a T square, taught her the rules of perspective and showed her how to sharpen a pencil with a knife. In 1995 Kate ventured north to York to study fine art at University and specialised in textile design. She spent 3 years playing with pots of wax, resin, shiny fabrics and butterfly’s wings. An Msc followed at Huddersfield where she studied industrial applications and CAD; fewer butterflies, more Loom Sheds! She worked for several years as a commercial textile designer.
To escape the restrictions of corporate design briefs Kate began to paint again; she missed her fingers being permanently stained with Prussian blue! A move to West Yorkshire in 2005 prompted a sudden change in style; from colourfull abstracts, to opulent landscapes. The striking landscape of Hebden Bridge and the surrounding valley have informed her work every since with buildings also featuring in many of her pantings as she loves how they stack up into the hills with under dwellings and over dwellings.
Kate’s textile background is always present in her paintings informing what she paints and interpreting what she sees into patterns. The gold leaf and the threads she hand finishes everything with draw your eye across though the painting, and they change the surface with the changing light of day. Kate’s paintings are full of life, warmth and exuberant colour built up by her careful mix of inks, watercolours, acrylic and gouache.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this sneaky peek at Kate’s new paintings which include Heptonstall, Honey Hole, Todmorden and Haworth. Although buildings still feature heavily in her work you can also see chickens this time bringing extra splashes of colour to her vivacious paintings.
Dates For Your Diary:
Thursday 26th March 2015, 6pm – 9pm
Preview of ‘Water & Light’ at Heart Gallery with local artist Kate Lycett.
Purchase original paintings and limited edition prints and meet the artist.
Thursday 16th April, 7.30pm – 9pm
Demo with Kate Lycett.
An evening with Kate Lycett in Heart Gallery as she talks us through some of her processes and the inspiration behind her finished paintings for the exhibition ‘Water & Light’.
As space is limited this event is by ticket only – available to purchase from Heart Gallery, £5 each including a drink.
Please note this Demo evening with Kate has SOLD OUT.
Thursday 30th April, 11am – 4pm
Pop Up Studio.
A rare opportunity to see Kate at work as she ‘pops up’ in Heart Gallery with her paints and brushes.