Artist Statement and Biography
Katy English divides her time between Cushendun, a small village on the North East coast of Ireland and London. Her work consistently refers to the Antrim landscape that she loves, using drawing to investigate the natural world both seen and unseen. In an age where images can be instantly captured and transmitted she uses drawing to slow down the act of seeing to allow the covert forces of growth and mathematics to reveal themselves.
After completing her B.A in sculpture at Camberwell School of Art (1984) Katy English continued to work in South London, exhibiting regularly in group and solo shows and working to private commission. In 1995 she co founded Makendoo, a children’s art workshop company offering children the opportunity to be creative outside of traditional arts environments. Katy continues to run Makendoo but is also focusing more on her own practice.
Katy is closely involved in ‘The Cushendun Old Church Project’ and ‘Cushendun’s Big Arts Weekend’, two projects which aim to improve access to arts and heritage in the Glens of Antrim.
Since 1998 Katy English has exhibited and sold mainly from her studio, regularly taking part in the annual ‘Dulwich Artists Open House’.
Selected Exhibitions and Commissioned Work
2016 Drawing as Exploring - Solo show Roe Valley Arts Centre Limavady
2015 Between Inside and Out - Group Show - Made in Greenwich Gallery London
2015 The Byre Show, Cloughmills NI
2013 Artists House. The English Family Collective, Brixton, London
2013 Group Show: Urmston Burnett Gallery, Salisbury
2012 Group Show: Jeanie Avent, Dulwich, London
1998 Your Shore My Horizon II, collaborative exhibition with Philip Maltman, McLaurin Gallery, Ayr
1997 Your Shore My Horizon I, collaborative exhibition with Philip Maltman, Clink Street Gallery, London
1995 Art Now, Alexandra Palace, London (prize winner)
1993 The Watersfield Ring, outdoor sculpture commission
1992 London Group (commended)
1991 Pod, outdoor sculpture commission
1990 London Group (commended)
1989 Powis Place, London, solo show
1986 The Crypt, London, solo show
1984 - 1998 Numerous group shows and open studios