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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".



EDUCATION

1980 - 84
University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear.

1988 - 90
Newcastle Polytechnic, Tyne and Wear.



SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1999
The Savage Aspect of the Place University of Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Castlegate House Gallery, Cockermouth, Cumbria.

2000
Bruton Gallery, Leeds, West Yorkshire.

2001
Bruton Gallery, Leeds, West Yorkshire.
New Academy Gallery, London.

2002
Castlegate House Gallery, Cockermouth, Cumbria.
Lynne Stover Gallery, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.

2003
New Academy Gallery, London.

2004
Walker Galleries, Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

2005
Castlegate House Gallery, Cockermouth, Cumbria.
Bruton Gallery, New York, USA.

2006
Walker Galleries, Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

2007
Lynne Strover Gallery, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.
Curwen and New Academy Gallery, London.
Walker Galleries, Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

2008
Walker Galleries; The Northern Art Show, Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

2009
Curwen and New Academy Gallery, London.
Walker Galleries, Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
A large retrospective exhibition featuring the work of A Malham Family of Painters; the work of Constance Pearson her daughter Philippa and granddaughter Katharine Holmes, Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, Leeds University, Leeds, West Yorkshire.

2010
Retrospective exhibition featuring the work of; Constance Pearson, her daughter Philippa and granddaughter Katharine Holmes, Museum of North Craven Life, The Folly, Settle, North Yorkshire.
Walker Galleries, Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

2011
Weather, Linton Court Gallery, Settle, North Yorkshire.

2012
Paintings and Drawings from Ireland, Linton Court Gallery, Settle, North Yorkshire.
Walker Galleries, Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

2014
Mercer Gallery, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, exhibition ART AND YORKSHIRE From Turner to Hockney.
Curwen Gallery, London.
Walker Galleries, Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

2016
Walker Galleries, Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

2017
Mercer Gallery, Harrogate, KATHARINE HOLMES: IN GRANDMOTHER’S FOOTSTEPS.

2018
Zillah Bell, Thirsk.
Walker Galleries, Harrogate

2008 - 2019
Katharine Holmes has taken part in North Yorkshire Open Studios.




RESIDENCIES

Since 1997 Katharine has travelled widely and painted in Japan, Kenya, New England, Italy, Ireland, Greece and returned many times to the west coast of Scotland.

2011
Katharine undertook a month long residency based at Endangered Studios, Callan, Kilkenny, Ireland. This was part of the Connections North Project organised by Chrysallis Arts Development Ltd.

2014
In March Katharine was an Artist in Residence at The Cill Riallaig Project, Kerry, Ireland.

2017
Artist in Residence at Brisons Veor, Cape Cornwall.




TEACHING

1990 - 97
Part time teaching of painting and drawing in adult education for North Yorkshire County Council.

2006 - 09
Delivered occasional art workshops for clients of Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust projects Learning in Limestone Country and People & the Dales.

2001 - 2012
Associate tutor for Field Studies Council delivering occasional residential painting courses at the Malham Tarn Field Estate Centre, Malham, North Yorkshire.

2009 - 2017
Jack Beck House, Keasden, Clapham, Via Lancaster, LA2 8EY, England. www.jackbeck.co.uk




PUBLICATIONS

1997
Katharine Holmes published by Sheeran Lock ISBN 1 900123 15 0 with an essay by the art historian and critic Susan Morris.
(This edition is currently out of print).

2009
Published by The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery to coincide with the exhibition A Malham Family of Painters, ISBN 13 978-1-874331-39-1, EAN 9781874331391.
Includes an essay Katharine Holmes: The Poetry of Landscape by Lynne Green.
(This edition is currently out of print).

Click here to purchase an illustrated book "Letters from Malham: Wartime Life at High Barn Cottage."

2014
ART AND YORKSHIRE From Turner to Hockney published by Great Northern Books, ISBN 978-0-9576399-9-7 written by Jane Sellars and prefaced by Alan Bennett.
The work of Katharine Holmes is discussed and illustrated in this publication.

2017
KATHARINE HOLMES: IN GRANDMOTHER'S FOOTSTEPS
Paintings and drawings of the North Yorkshire landscape, a book with images of Katharine's work published by Harrogate Borough Council 2017 with a preface and essay by Jane Sellars ISBN: 978-1-898408-23-9.




COLLECTIONS

In Britain and abroad the paintings of Katharine Holmes are in many private and corporate collections including that of Pinsent Masons, Provident Financial, Leeds University and The Mercer Gallery, Harrogate.