Kate was born in London and studied at Edinburgh College of Art between 1980 and 1984. She lives and works in London. Her paintings onto textiles are internationally known through exhibitions, installations and commissions. Her designs have been translated into rugs and tapestries, print and wallpaper. She has been Lead Artist for public buildings both for installations, colour work and art-commissioning. She is a passionate materialist and colourist working in clay and timber as well as onto paper and cloth. Her work has a close relationship and reference to domestic life and site specificity. It is robust, tactile and active and challenges the idea that the art-work and the viewer should be separated. In 2015 she was awarded Royal Designer for Industry by the Royal Society of Arts. She is currently the Welcome Space artist for the new 3Ts hospital in Brighton now in construction, and developing a new body of studio work in clay, cloth and on paper.
Solo show 'The Gathering' in the ARTIST HOUSE, NEW ART CENTRE, ROCHE COURT www.sculpture.uk.com
opening from 9th June - 5th August
The work in this exhibition connects the practical physical acts of domestic living – washing, hanging, cooking, laying out, folding, pouring, spilling, wiping - with the still unremarkable moments of seeing something magical or beautiful in those instants and the care or mishap or pragmatism that those actions represent. There is a light touch and close engagement and conversation with materials – action on them and their action on each other, and making visible the push-me-pull-you of process.
The room will be a domestic scene of sorts, not a reflection of domesticity but inspired by observations made of domestic environments and domestic processes; the table after a gathering, the action of eating, the piercing, scraping, gathering up, balancing of food, the hanging out of cloth, the water moving through and out of the cloth and its temporarily sculptural nature - spilling and dripping and overflowing – the temporary made permanent, the cycle of effort and the mess.
I will be showing work in cloth, paper and clay.
- Work in Public Collections: Victoria and Albert Museum, The Craft Council, The Contemporary Arts Society.
- Awarded Royal Designer for Industry by the Royal Society of Arts 2015
- Current teaching: Visiting Tutor in Mixed Media at the Royal College of Art, London
2018 'The Gathering' Solo Show, Artist House, New Art Centre, Roche Court.
2013 'Editions' Contemporary rugs for collectors, Somerset House London
2010 Stroud International Textile Festival. Stroud
2010 Artists' House, New Art Centre, ROCHE COURT, group show.
2007 Kate Blee at the Scottish Gallery Edinburgh Scotland
2006 Kate Blee 'Cutting' solo at Christopher Farr, Los Angeles. USA
2005 'The Spirit of Liberty' Liberty, London
2005 'Celebrating 30 years' Crafts Council at the V&A Museum, London
2004 Kate Blee 'The unexpected life of a piece of cloth' C.A.A. Gallery London
2003 Kate Blee 'Order and Disorder' solo show. Egg. London.
2003 C.D.A Show. Sotheby's. London.
2002 Kate Blee Edmund De Wall show. Studio. London.
2002 LO.SA (South Africa social investment design project) Sotheby's London.
2001 'The Unexpected' Sotheby's New York.USA
2001 Kate Blee -Tapestries. Christopher Farr Gallery. London
2001 Kate Blee 'Flood' - rugs at Pucci International New York. USA. Produced by Christopher Farr. (Touring to LA. San Francisco. London)
2000 Pitti Imagine Casa experimental textiles. curated by Paola Navone. Florence. Italy
1999 Kate Blee solo show - painted cloth. Egg Gallery. London.
1998 Kate Blee solo show - rugs .The Christopher Farr Gallery. London
1997 'Objects of Our Time' The Crafts Council of Great Britain - touring
1996 Kate Blee & Jim Partridge' at the Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery. London
1995 Kate Blee solo show at Egg Gallery. London
1995 Kate Blee textiles. The Charleston Gallery. Sussex.
1995 'Clothes to collect'. Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery. London.
2011-17 Welcome Space Artist for the new 3Ts hospital. Brighton stage 1 and stage 2. BDP Architects.
2015 Artist commission John Radcliffe Hospital NHS Trust Oxford . Gynaecological Ward
2007-14 Lead Artist Southmead Academic and Pathology buildings. Bristol
2014 Artist commission Macmillan Cancer Support Centre. Brighton. David Morley Architects.
2012 Artist commission John Radcliffe Hospital NHS trust, Oxford. Intensive Care Baby Unit.
2000 Series of Tapestries. Westminster Parliament. Portcullis House. London. Hopkins Architects