Kate Bentley originally trained in sculpture, and graduated from Sheffield in 1986. She then followed a career in theatre-design and as a freelance designer. In the 1990s she made a shift to painting as her primary media and in 1999 made the decision to paint on a full-time basis.
Kate paints predominately in watercolours and oils. She works from her studio in Cumbria.
Kate's work has shown in a number of larger respected venues including The Royal Institute of Watercolour Artists, The Royal Watercolour Society, The Affordable Arts Fair, The Lakes Artists Society and The Royal Birmingham Society of Arts. She has also been successful in having work accepted for exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London for The Society of Women Artists for the last six years.
HER AWARDS INCLUDE
2010-The Rheged Award -The Lakes Artists Society.
2008 -The Winsor and Newton Choice Award - The Society of Women Artists
2005- Portrait Award- Granada TV. Finalist-for TV programme "A Brush with Fame"
She has painted celebrities such the athlete DameTanni Grey-Thompson, OBE MBE, and TV celebrities Eammon Holmes and Denise Robertson MBE.
"Paintings shown here were painted for a major solo exhibition "The Darker Side of Light" – at the former home of John Ruskin, Brantwood . Therefore the theme was heavily influenced by the
historical aspect of the setting and its location ,being in the English Lake District.
The pinnacle objective to each of these paintings, is to attain exquisite radiance and to create atmosphere through a subtle use of chiaroscuro.
My palette has been influenced by Samuel Palmer, Ruskin, John Piper and J.M.W. Turner and in some cases, inevitably, so has my subject matter.
What these artists all have in common is their astonishing and dramatic use of light and/or a richness and depth to their palette. It is this which holds the key to my own work."