Enquiring Gestures at The Meffan Gallery

One of the exhibits in The Meffan.
One of the exhibits in The Meffan.

Enquiring Gestures is the title of the latest exhibition by artist Katie Ward which has opened at The Meffan Gallery in Forfar.

Katie’s work is derived from an interpretation of personal experience.

Taking influences from a range of sources, she documents her observations with gestural immediacy and manipulations of scale, material and austere colour in large-scale bitumen paintings.

Enhanced by an evocation of landscape, she allows the immensity of nature to act as a catalyst, lacing pieces with an abstract and figurative tension.

She is fascinated by the intuitive process of layering colour, form, texture and material. Her etchings, collages and monotypes on paper can be seen as an extensive catalogue of shape, composition, weight, colour and motif.

Katie was born in Inverness in 1989 and grew up in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

She trained at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, graduating in 2012 with an Honours Degree in Fine Art, and in the same year was awarded The James Guthrie Orchar Memorial Prize for Painting and The Royal Scottish Academy’s John Kinross Scholarship to Florence.

Since then, Katie has been exhibiting widely throughout the UK and extending the development of her artistic practice.

Her work features in a number of collections, including Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital, Frank Gehry’s Maggie’s Cancer Support Centre, Dundee and The Royal Scottish Academy.

Currently living and working in Glasgow, Katie can be found printing at Glasgow Print Studio between embarking on archive and gallery projects with The Modern Institute.

She has recently become a recipient of an RSA Residencies for Scotland Award, which will see Katie spending five months as artist in residence on The Haining Country Estate near Selkirk, building a new body of large scale paintings which are due to be completed in January 2014.

The exhibition runs from Saturday, June 1, until Saturday, June 29, admission free.

The Meffan is situated at 20 West High Street, Forfar is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.