Oil on Panel
40 cm x 30 cm
Winner of Third Prize
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For the last 18 months I have been artist in residence at Brantwood, John Ruskin’s former home. I took the residency on specifically to experiment with new media (print, photography, 3D) and to explore new working methods (painting and printing on glass). I desperately want to continue with this, but unfortunately the launch of my solo show ‘Ruskin’s Reverie’, which is culmination of all this work, coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic.
I particularly wanted to move away from working with the landscape, which inevitably I have for the last 20 years (I hail from the Lake District), and move towards narrative and figurative work. Living in the north-west I feel geographically comprised between Scotland and southern England. Opportunities in the north-west are pretty limited, and I am unable to apply for many of the Scottish competitions, societies and events as I am neither Scottish nor have studied in Scotland.
I'm obviously limited to the opportunities I can take up in the southern counties particular London This hasn’t stopped me trying and I have had some success by becoming a member of the Society of Women Artists in 2014 which has enabled me to show work of a narrative nature. The opportunities available to enable me to become part of the art scene in London is difficult both financially and practically. - Kate Bentley, 2020
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Kate Bentley is an award-winning professional painter based in the English Lake District in the Lyth valley. Kate is an elected member of the Society of Women Artists and The Lakes Artists Society. Her work is held in both private and public collections throughout the UK and internationally.