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.  












July 18th, 2018

Three Season News 2018 – Travels North

In June 2018 we moved house after 33 years living in Edinburgh. Leaving the capital city of Scotland to live and work in a village in rural Fife is a bit daunting but very exciting and feels like positive change.

Plans are afoot for a large custom designed studio built in the garden but until then art activities will happen between the Edinburgh studio and our garage in Fife!  As you can imagine I have been somewhat distracted by all this activity and so apologise for the lack of communication via my website.






Site for the new studio

Moving Mountain Monoprints

Inspired by last year’s trip on the Norwegian Hurtigruten ship sailing through the Lofoten islands I created a series of ‘Moving Mountain’ monoprints, a part of the live printmaking event during the ‘Ages of Wonder’ exhibition at the end of 2017, which were subsequently exhibited in the Academicians Gallery of the Royal Scottish Academy in February/ March this year.  Two of the best of this series have entered the permanent collection of the RSA and are currently on tour with editioned etchings by other printmaking members of the RSA: Delia Baillie, Stuart Duffin, Paul Furneaux, Jessica Harrison, Marion Smith and Frances Walker.

When this exhibition comes to Gracefield Arts Centre in November I will be running a one-day monoprinting workshop – please contact arts@dumgal.gov.ukfor booking information.

From the Concrete to the Sublime



Those of you who know of my interest in drawing the Forth Estuary Bridges may have caught sight of my new pictures of the Queensferry Crossing in From the Concrete to the Sublime – a fascinating group show curated by Derrick Guild at the Scottish Gallery in June this year.



New Day Crossing, study II 2018


Depth of Field – until August 18th 2018

During the stormy months of February and March this year I visited the island of Iona and the  Ardnamurchan Peninsula to make initial studies towards the completion of large watercolours  currently being exhibited in Depth of Field at the beautifully sited Tatha Gallery in Newport on Tay until August 18th alongside the work of Helen Glassford and Paul Furneaux

We will be giving a talk there about our work in the gallery, in conversation with fellow artist and gallery director Helen Glassford, on August 5th 11am -12noon







‘Three Calm Pink Stones, Iona’

Watercolour on yuan paper on silk 2018


PPSSA at Wall Projects, Montrose

As one of the 10 past presidents of the SSA (Society of Scottish Artists) I will be exhibiting work in PPSSA at Wall Projects in Montrose which will see the launch of a brand new annual Presidents Prize for the SSA  from August 10th to September 1st

Planes,Trains and Automobiles

Perhaps my Anatomy of Haste Festival Exhibition at the Scottish Gallery last year has inspired the curatorship of this photography show Planes, Trains & Automobiles at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery; I have been invited to give a lecture about my work in the context of this excellent collection at the Hawthornden Lecture Theatre at lunchtime on August 21st and look forward to seeing many of you there during the Edinburgh Festival

‘Pudong Pacific’ oil on Canvas, 2017


The publication Anatomy of Haste which accompanied last years Festival exhibition at the Scottish Gallery is now at last available to buy via this website, and those of you with an Estuary Catalogue from 2015- hold on to it- now entirely out of print and so getting more valuable daily!


.. And finally  to announce representation of my work  in London by the gallery  Panter and Hall where I will be having my first London solo exhibition in 20 years, opening on April 30th2019. More about the progress of that work and the new studio-to-be in the next update…