Kate Downie
April 1st, 2019

Spring News 2019

There and Back- An Exhibition of new paintings at Panter & Hall

I Know Where I’m Going! (There) oil on poplar 100cm x 100cm           Kate Downie 2019

Coming soon to London – a collection of 17 new oil paintings to be shown in my forthcoming solo exhibition ‘There and Back’ at Panter and Hall  from May 1st – May 11th 2019, just 5 minutes walk from Piccadilly Circus.  I will be resident  in London for the first week of the show, and  look forward very much to introducing old friends, loyal collectors and new faces alike to this fresh body of work created especially for my first London show in 22 years.

When Mathew Hall and Tiffany Panter first visited my Edinburgh studio in November 2017 to discuss an exhibition, little did I anticipate the adventure of completing a body of work while moving house and building a new studio.

The movement between city and country, has become the subject for the exhibition, both on a personal level but also reflecting the wider state of flux in all our lives as we struggle for political sanity in the midst of a changing climate.  These new paintings represent key elements in that passage though all these turbulent times.

Free Lunchtime Artist’s Talk will be on May 2nd 1-2pm, booking advisable though the gallery. An e-catalogue will be availiable on the gallery website from April 20th.

IMPRINT- New prints and multiples by Royal Scottish Academicians

This exciting exhibition with works by many of Scotland’s leading artist-printmakers can be seen at the Academicians Gallery and Finlay Room of the RSA  in Edinburgh from 13th April to 12th May. All works available for sale.

This triptych ‘Spanning the Beautiful River Shore to Shore’ will feature in this exhibition, and was inspired  by my commute from Fife to the DCA Print Studio in Dundee. The title is a quote from William McGonagall’s poem celebrating the opening of  the new bridge spanning the Tay Estuary following the disaster of the first Bridge.   Monoprint & etched aluminium on Xuan paper on Somerset.

New commission and acquisition by the City Arts Centre, Edinburgh

I am delighted to announce that not only have City Arts Centre  recently added two large drawings in charcoal on primed  paper from 2005 ‘Conversation’ series  to their permanent collection but also commissioned a third major drawing in 2018, acquired through the Jean F Watson Bequest. Dates of   their launch to the public eye to be announced! Here is the new drawing, marking the addition of the third crossing of the Firth the Forth at Queensferry.

Three Bridge Evening. charcoal and collage on primed paper 100cm x 150 cm Kate Downie©2019


Collaboration with Singer Songwriter Christine Kydd

It has been great working with one of my musical inspirations in traditional Scottish song Christine Kydd. Early this year she launched her wonderful new  CD  Shift and Change . This album features one of my early Norwegian series of mono prints ‘Coming into Port’ on the cover and  was the first   print that I created  through my experiments in looped film footage. This collaboration has inspired two new workshops  and will also be the subject of a forthcoming solo show Nature Vivante  at the Garden Room of the Scottish Gallery in October 2019. In the meantime, such has been the popularity of the album and the cover image that I  have now made a limited edition in ink jet print on archival paper available for purchase here.

Work in progress for Birchtree Studios in Ceres



And finally – the new studio construction in Ceres is growing as fast as the trees are bursting into bud!  It should be finished by the summer.

Wishing you all a happy and hopeful Spring.