Katy Brown has exhibited in London, Bath, Cornwall and her native home, Jersey. For the last twenty years she has painted the ethereal landscapes of both Jersey and Cornwall, where she now lives as artist in residence on the Earl of Edgcumbe's Estate. Inspiration from nature and its transient elements have always been integral to the work.
Despite living in Cornwall for nearly 10 years, the Jersey palette and landscape are still very present in Katy’s work, albeit in a veiled, distilled, dream-like way.
Working in oil on canvas, using pure pigments and layers of glazes, Katy applies marks and layers of fluid colour to capture fleeting moments with an almost spiritual sagacity. Katy works intuitively and in series, creating a body of work that may take a few months or many years. ‘Layers are applied intuitively, through a painterly language of considered marks. These layers portray the mood and atmosphere of internal and external landscapes that I experience during each visit to the painting.’ Katy describes the act of painting as ‘… a process of distillation that occurs through the conscious and unconscious mind and senses, absorbing visual information and allowing the idea to pour onto the canvas, creating an emotional ambience that is both contemplative and compelling .’
When talking about her distinctive use of colour, she explains ‘I use colour to build a visual history, creating the transparent illusion of differing levels of depth, through extremes of dark and light, restraint and freedom, movement and stillness, absence and presence, within the two-dimensional space, giving the effect of overlaying many sheets of coloured glass.’
This summer Katy exhibited at the gallery’s Jersey Summer Exhibition and, as a consequence, won the Summer Prize. Much loved by local collectors, this will be her first major Jersey exhibition since she left.