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Katie Wilkins

Education
1993 - 1996 University of Plymouth (Exeter Site) BA hons. Fine Art
1992 - 1993 Northbrook College of Art Foundation course
Exhibitions
Royal Academy of Arts — Summer Exhibition 2006 Gomshall Gallery — Surrey
Royal Academy of Arts — Summer Exhibition 2001 Rooksmoor Gallery - Bath
Royal Academy of Arts — Summer Exhibition 2000 Mall gallery - London
Bartley Dray Gallery - London Blue Bell Gallery - Newcastle
Saddlers Row Gallery - Petworth Studio 64 — Berkshire
Will's Art Warehouse - London Bell Gallery - Winchester
Llewelyn Alexander Gallery — London Showcase Gallery - Surrey
Affordable Art Fairs — London, Bristol Kingfisher Gallery- Devon
John Noott Modem - Broadway

About the Artist
Katie lives in the Berkshire countryside. This setting is the inspiration for her work, which is primarily figurative oil paintings of animals she sketches and photographs near her home.

From an early age Katie had a flair for art and this prompted her to start her artistic training with a foundation course at Northbrook College in Horsham. During this course she experimented with a range of media and subject matter, and ultimately gained entry to Exeter University on a degree course in Fine Art. During her time at University, Katie worked hard to develop her figurative painting skills, often against the advice of her tutors, who urged her to develop a more conceptual style. However, three years of dedication resulted in her being awarded an honours degree.

Katie now exhibits in a number of galleries across the country, and has been accepted into the highly prestigious Royal Academy Summer show three times.

Katie specialises in painting livestock taking sketches and photographs then works from them in her studio. She works in oils on thick boxed canvas which has had several layers of gesso applied to it. Once dry, this is carefully sanded by hand until it is smooth enough that it gives an almost shiny surface, which is the background to her work. This blank space enables her to play with the composition and striking colours of each different animal, without it being lost to a background.