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Katharine Holmes is currently exibiting new paintings and drawings at The Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
This new work was created as part of the Arts Council England funded Mercer Art Gallery project Art & Landscape, which follows the work of individual women artists who have been inspired in different ways by the Yorkshire landscape.


Katharine is an artist who has become known for her paintings which capture the Northern Landscape, predominantly her native Yorkshire Dales. Born into a Malhamdale family of painters in 1962 and following degree study in Fine Art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne Katharine returned to the Yorkshire Dales in 1990.

She often paints outside in all weathers, sometimes incorporating elements of the landscape such as grasses and gravels found on site into her paintings. She works in a range of media from oil on canvas to watercolour on paper, her paintings capture the feeling of being in the landscape.

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and her paintings are in many private and corporate collections including that of Leeds University where she held her first major solo exhibition in 1999. In June 2009 she returned to the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, Leeds University to show new paintings and an installation of drawings as part of a large retrospective exhibition "A Malham Family of Painters".

In the words of the late Norman Adams, RA, RWS who taught Katharine at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne:

"It is not so much that Katharine Holmes makes statements about her native landscape as that she is constantly questioning and trying to dicover its essence. Then she tries to fuse her materials to her subject matter, by means of emotional understanding, and they become one".





Open Studios 2014 -
a short film


Light On The Land -
the work of Katharine Holmes


One House -
three women painters



All artwork by Katharine Holmes © Katharine Holmes,
by Constance Pearson and Philippa Holmes © the Estate of the Artists,
unless otherwise stated.

Photography by Jerry Hardman-Jones
unless otherwise stated.