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Katie Whitford b. 1995 is an artist based in London. Her work explores the everyday soft intimacies of home. 

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 home 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. She has a masters in multi-disciplinary printmaking from the University of West England, Bristol. She has undertaken residencies and has work in private collections in Italy, France, UK, Ireland and America. She also has work in the Royal Collection and has exhibited at Bankside and Christies. In 2019, she was selected for the Paragon Press printing prize and has her first solo show this summer, 2022.  



Say hello and follow my work...
email: contactkwhitford@gmail.com
instagram: @katiewhitforddraws

EDUCATION
MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking, University of West England, 2021 - 2022
Post Graduate Scholarship on The Drawing Year, Royal Drawing School, 2018-19
BA Fine Art Goldsmiths, University of London 2014-17
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Barton Peveril College 2016-17

PUBLICATIONS

Pigeon Pages  2019

RESIDENCIES
Borgo Pignano Painting Residency with The Royal Drawing School, Italy 2019

AWARDS
The Paragon Press Printing Prize 2019

COLLECTIONS 
Sir Michael Moritz KBE, Italy​
The Royal Collection, London

SPEAKING
Speaker at PROOF, Post Graduate Research Symposium, University of West England, presenting "Pressing Pause: An investigation into translating home and place, from cinema to print" 2022
Speaker at Museum of Home's 'Stay Home Stories' symposium, 2021


 

 

EXHIBITIONS

Solo
Soft Lighting, 35 North Contemporary Fine Art, Brighton, 2022


Collective Exhibitions
Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, London, 2022
169th Open, RWA, Bristol, 2022
Mini Print Exhibition, Southbank Printmakers, London, 2022
Society of Women Artists 161st Exhibition, Mall Galleries London, 2022
Royal Drawing School Summer Show, London, 2022
Laura Lopes, Spring Show, 2022
Life on Venus, The Tub, Hackney, London, 2021

Royal Drawing School Summer Show, 2020
The Long Pause: Online Exhibition curated by Pigeon Pages New York, 2020
Works on Paper, curated by Davina Barber and Laura Lopes, Frestonian Gallery, London, 2020
The Masters Relief, Bankside Gallery, London, 2019
Open Studios, Space Studios, London, 2019

The Drawing Year End of Year Exhibition, The Royal Drawing School, Shoreditch, London, 2019
Best of The Drawing Year, Christie's, London, 2019
The Greek Street Art Show, Maison Bertaux, London, 2019
Deptford Advent Calendar, The Bohemians Salon, London, 2018
Goldsmiths BA Fine Art Degree Show, London, 2017