Katie Whitford b. 1995 is an artist based in Bristol, UK. Her work explores the everyday soft intimacies of place.
Katie’s etchings and drawings are packed tightly with motifs and references. Her work is constructed from her own memories and experiences, woven with a range of visuals from films, museums, books and places. She carefully considers the spaces between objects and composes drawings and etchings rich in surface, pattern and tone. She is driven by a fascination with the gentle ordinariness of place and how objects charactarise a place while narrating and describing a life.
Drawing is at the heart of Katie’s practice, her observations are immediate and are not held by linear lines and perspectives. This immediacy sets a visual language that she takes into the print room, where she then slowly considers and builds scenes that hold small moments of narrative.
Katie studied for her BA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths before accepting an 18-month scholarship at the Royal Drawing School, London. In 2023, she completed her MA in Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking at the University of West England, Bristol. She has undertaken international residencies and has work in private collections in Italy, France, UK, Ireland and North America, as well as the Royal Collection. She has exhibited work at Bankside Gallery, Christies and The Mall. In 2019, she was selected for the Paragon Press printing prize and had her first solo show in the summer of 2022.
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