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Kate Pellegrini


I’m interested in perception: how peripheral or tunnel vision informs how we see -physically, philosophically and psychologically. My painting style has developed over many years, using a variety of media including oil paint, acrylic paint, ink and pastel. Charcoal, mixed media and collage techniques are often used to generate ideas and clarify and identify the elements of a composition which are then worked up into larger paintings. Mixed media works can incorporate found objects or random materials and are finished works in their own right. I’ve exhibited in many galleries and art fairs for the last 20 years.

My artwork can be divided into distinct areas: my new ‘Colourscript’ pieces, Representational and Abstract:

The new signature ‘Colourscript’ work explores lettering to continue thirty years of making art and features difficult to read writing, referring to hieroglyphs, code and language. Incorporating writing into the visual artwork gives me many permutations for future work, varying in media depending on the individual piece; the common thread is my use of writing as drawing. I aim to engage with those confused by what modern art is about. Drawing words on the surface spells out the inspiration behind the work’s creation; as the writing is almost illegible the viewer can bring their interpretation to it. Art questions who we are now; drawing written art places my views directly in these universal questions.

The text varies for each piece. Some are mini monologues or poems commenting on the age we live in or my personal experience, and others are taken from writing that moves me. I’ve always loved reading and writing- from the Classics to modern novels and poetry, which captures complex emotions economically and with fine precision. I’m also interested in the shapes of word-making and the physical process of calligraphy as drawing. Transcripts of individual works are available on request.

I paint so I can experiment; oil or acrylic painting allows me to change my mind whilst writing the words so it becomes integral with the image. Combining text and colour on the canvas gives me a huge ‘vocabulary’ to create variations on a theme- a process I am finding endlessly exciting.

The representational work draws on my architectural training. The images are generated by making drawings and taking photographs on location of views or figures, most recently in the UK, Australia, Spain, France and Italy. The work is a layering of building, landscape and figure motifs, which are simplified to establish the elements I want to see in the final piece. The factual information is used to develop ambiguous spatial relationships, in order to reflect the way I perceive my surroundings. The paintings rely heavily on drawing, and also incorporate my memory of and my emotional response to being there. I am capturing just what I see, and editing out what I don’t see, as my eye is highly selective; what is left is in my representational work.

The abstract paintings are based on poems or memories that have moved or inspired me by the imagery evoked in the language. The poetry provides the springboard for my work. The work ranges from large, door sized, stretched and unframed canvases, featuring impasto oil paint to small postcard sized watercolours. The actual motifs are drawn from my imagination, in response to a written word, image or memory.

I have been attending Experimental Media classes at Putney School of Art and Design, run by Gavin Maughling, for several years. The course comprises structured lessons for the first half of the term on a given theme, using different media and techniques, followed by our personal response to the theme for the rest of the term. The class is very stimulating because it forces me to think outside my normal modus operandi, and this informs my artwork and takes it in unexpected directions. It is through this class that I have explored sculpture, artist books, printing, continuous scrolls, site specific installations and performance.

My work is influenced by many artists from all periods in art history and different artists inform different works. Alberto Giacometti, Cezanne, Patrick Heron, Matisse, Bryan Wynter, Van Gogh, Picasso, Peter Doig and John Virtue are among my all time favourites.

Kate Pellegrini


2016 Windsor Contemporary Art Fair
2016 PSAD Student Show
2015 PSAD Student Show – winner of Drawing Prize
2015 Islington Contemporary Art and Design Fair
2014 Landscape of Change Exhibition – Curated group show in Stoke Newington
2014 Wandsworth Artists Open House – with Sheila Roe
2013 Untitled Artists Fair – Chelsea Town Hall- one artist stand
2012 Regular exhibitor at Mackenzie Gallery Teddington
2011 Guildford Arts – Clyde & Co Solicitors’ Office group show
2010 Untitled Artists Fair – Chelsea Town Hall – one artist stand
2010 Windsor Art Fair
2009 October Affordable Art Fair, Battersea
2009 Untitled Gallery Group Summer Show at 9 Adam Street, London W1
2008 Putney Arts Theatre Group Summer Show
2008 Bristol Affordable Art Fair – Skylark stand
2007 Landmark Arts Centre Midsummer Show
2007 Putney Arts Theatre – one artist show
2006 Battersea Contemporary Art Fair
2006 Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Exhibition – one artist show
2005 Work Shortlisted for Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy
Paintings & Drawings in private collections

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