KATE CROOK


NEW WORKS

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JOSHUA TREE ETCHINGS
2014 - 2016


Joshua Tree 1

1

 

Joshua Tree 2

2

Joshua Tree 3

3

 

Joshua Tree 4

4

Joshua Tree 5

5

 
Joshua Tree 6

6

Joshua Tree 7

7


JOSHUA TREE DRAWINGS
2016


Joshua Tree Drawing 1

1

 

Joshua Tree Drawing 2

2

Joshua Tree Drawing 3

3

 

Joshua Tree Drawing 4

4

Joshua Tree Drawing 5

5

 
Joshua Tree Drawing 6

6

Joshua Tree Drawing 7

7

Joshua Tree Drawing 8

8



BENENDEN BOTANICAL

2012


Spring

 

Summer

1

2

Autumn

 

Winter

3

4

Water Garden 1

 

Water Garden 2

5

6

Water Garden 3

 

Water Garden 4

7

8

Water Garden 5

 

Water Garden 6

9

10

Water Garden 7

 

Water Garden 8

11

12

Kate's exhibition at Benenden Girls School, May 2011.

Kate Crook - Benenden montage

 



ROCK POOL
2011

Rock Pool 1

Rock Pool 1


POND LIFE
2008

Pond Life 1

Pond Life 1

 

Pond Life 2

Pond Life 2

Pond Life 3

Pond Life 3

 

Pond Life 4

Pond Life 4

Pond Life 5

Pond Life 5


JEWELS ON MOSS ETCHINGS
2008


Jewels On Moss 1

Jewels On Moss 1

 

Jewels On Moss 2

Jewels On Moss 2

Jewels On Moss 3

Jewels On Moss 3

 

Jewels On Moss 4

Jewels On Moss 4

Jewels On Moss 5

Jewels On Moss 5



DIAMOND ETCHINGS
2007

Diamond 1

Diamond 1

 

Diamond 2

Diamond 2

Diamond 3

Diamond 3

 

Diamond 4

Diamond 4

Diamond 5

Diamond 5

 

Diamond 6

Diamond 6



BROOCH PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS

2005

Brooch 1

Brooch 1

 

Brooch 2

Brooch 2

Brooch 3

Brooch 3

Brooch 4

Brooch 4



Erotic Series/Abstract Desire

2006 - 2009

The fragmented images in Abstract Desire and Erotic 2 (diptych) were copied and repositioned from the original woodblock prints by Hokusai ( 1760 to 1849 ) and Utamaro (1753 to 1806 ) who both produced erotic albums of Japanese courtesans, which were the subject and stimulus for a vast body of work from around 1680 for at least three hundred years. These were often bought by wealthy businessmen.

Abstract Desire 1a

Abstract Desire 1 Left

 

Abstract Desire 1b

Abstract Desire 1 Right

Abstract Desire 2a

Abstract Desire 2 Left

 

Abstract Desire 2b

Abstract Desire 2 Right

Abstract Desire 3a

Abstract Desire 3 Left

 

Abstract Desire 3b

Abstract Desire 3 Right

Abstract Desire 4

Abstract Desire 4

 

Abstract Desire 5

Abstract Desire 5

Erotic 1

Erotic 1

Erotic 2 Left

Erotic 2 Left

 

Erotic 2 Right

Erotic 2 Right

Erotic 3 Left

Erotic 3 Left
 
Erotic 3 Right

Erotic 3 Right


CANARY WHARF SERIES

2006

Reflections 1

Reflections 1

Reflections 2

Reflections 2

Reflections 3

Reflections 3

 

Reflections 4

Reflections 4



CORNISH SERIES

2006

Cornwall 1

Cornwall 1

 

Cornwall 2

Cornwall 2

Cornwall 3

Cornwall 3

 

Cornwall 4

Cornwall 4



FIGURES

2006

Ruben's Massacre of the Innocents

Ruben's Massacre of the Innocents


Kate Crook

I have a print in the Royal Academy Summer show ….it starts for the public on the 9th June…but it will be up on the 3rd June

An important foundation to this recent work produced between 2005 to 2007 was an earlier transcription work; produced on a large format, using charcoal/erasure in a version of the ‘Massacre of the Innocents by Rubens’ (1611-12). I then borrowed images from 18th century erotic Japanese woodblock prints by Hokusai and Utamaro and drew figures freehand and placed them on boards that had a highly finished smooth surface. The bodies were enveloped with fabric allowing the the limbs and body parts to be exposed, losing the fabric, these transmuted into a kaleidoscope of abstract patterns. The pearlised pigment allows the figures to subtly appear and disappear.

A parallel body of work, also produced around the same time, was a series of etchings inspired from large facetted rocks on the coast in Cornwall. The refracted light on the rocks created prisms of light and dark, which lead on to a fascination with cut glass and stones. The shapes within those facetted surfaces, suggesting constellations of stars and planets. Observing light moving over these exquisite details defines sensuality and the female erotic. In both of these bodies of work I have sought the abstacted patterns that appear when light plays on a surface.

More recent works produced between 2008 to 2012 have been focused on the natural world. From Pond Life paintings to silkscreens of natural plants (weeds) using pearlised pigment and matt fabric-paint in a series ‘Benenden Botanical’. Pattern, transparency and overlayed images creating an interpretation of the forest floor.

Joshua Tree

A series of drawings and etchings (2014 to 2016) inspired by traveling to the desert landscape of The Joshua Tree National Park in California.

Two desert landscapes determined by elevation, come together in the park. Few areas more vividly illustrate the contrast between ‘high desert’ and ‘low desert’. Below 3,000 feet (910 m) the Colorado Desert (part of the Sonoran Desert ) occupies the eastern half of the park. The higher, slightly cooler and wetter Mojave Desert is the special habitat of the Joshua Tree, extensive stands of which occur throughout the western half of the park. The survival of the Joshua Tree (Yucca Brevifolice is a member of the Agave family) depends on well-timed rains and a crisp winter frost: birds, mammals, reptiles and insects depend on this tree for food and shelter. The Desert has a fragile eco system. Plant and animal life rely on each other.

The extraordinary and beautiful landscape is unique. The desert light on the plants and trees create pattern and shapes that provide the inspiration for this body of work.

 


 
BORN
22nd October 1954
EDUCATION:
2005-2007
Postgraduate Diploma in Painting, City & Guilds of London Art
School, London
1972-1976
BA in Visual Communication, Brighton Polytechnic (Brighton University)
1971-1972
Foundation Brighton Polytechnic (Brighton University)
1970-1971
Introductory Year Croydon College of Art
 
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:
2016 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (Group show)
2016
Society of Botanical Artists. London. (Group show)
2015 The Crypt Gallery, St Ives (Group show from the John Howard print studio)
2015
Rye Art Gallery. East Sussex. (Group show)
2015
West End House Gallery. Kent (Group show)
2015
Smallhythe Studio. Kent. (Group show)
2013
Ripley Arts Centre, Bromley (Solo exhibition)
2011
Benenden Girls School. Kent (Solo exhibition)
2010
Saffron Gallery. Battle. East Sussex (Group show)
2010
Battle Contemporary Art. Battle, East Sussex (Group show)
2010
Outside World Gallery. London (Group show)
2010
East Sussex Contemporary Art Fair. Rye, East Sussex
(Group show)
2010
Avery Contemporary Art. Kent (Group show)
2010
Affordable Art Fair. London (Group show)
2009
Rye Art Gallery. East Sussex (Group show)
2009
Shoreditch Town Hall, London (Group show)
2009
Rye Art Gallery, East Sussex (Group show)
2008
Kunstbehandlung,Munich (Group show-November)
2008
2008 Avert Contempory Art, Kent...(Group show- September)
2008
Kunstbehandlung Gallery,Munich(Group show - June)
2008
Avery Contemporary Art (Solo exhibition - February)
2007
The City & Guilds of London Art School Finals Show, London
(Group show)
2006
The City & Guilds of London Art School End of Year Show, Diorama Arts, London (Group show)
2006
George Smith, London (Solo exhibition)
2005
The Place, East Sussex (Solo exibition)
2004
Rye Art Gallery, East Sussex (Group show)
2003
Marle Place, Kent (Group show)
2002
Paperpoint, London (Solo exhibition)
2000
Headcorn Gallery, Kent (Solo exhibition)
1998
South East Open Studios, Kent (Group show)
1997
The Phoenix Gallery, Brighton (Group show)
1995
The Rye Society of Artists Summer Exhibition (Group show)
 

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