Kathryn Le Grice
Kathryn Le Grice was born in Swansea in 1972. She studied philosophy, with a focus on aesthetics, at the University of Leeds (1991-1994) and obtained an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester in 2004. Since then she has worked as a full-time artist and has recently divided her time between Swansea and San Francisco.
She is primarily interested in the patterns we see every day, in the cities, towns, streets and buildings that surround us. Her native South Wales has provided the subject matter for much of her work, although she has gathered inspiration from many places. Her unique style of highly patterned cityscapes developed as a result of visits to New York and Paris. She has also been inspired by the landscape and light of Italy, Spain and California. Kathryn has synthesized these various influences into a new approach to pattern making, rich in detail, texture and colour. She works predominantly in acrylic but uses a variety of media, including collage.
Kathryn has exhibited widely, including three recent solo shows- at the Ceri Richards gallery, Swansea in 2006, and at Patchings Art centre, Nottingham and Fountain Fine Art, Llandeilo in 2008. She has also participated in many joint and group shows both in the UK and San Francisco. These included a joint show with her father, David Randal Davies, at the Attic Gallery in 2009 and a another joint show at the Attic in 2011.
She has had her work selected for 'Welsh Artist of the Year' and has had design work published by Paperchase. In 2006 she completed a commission for Swansea University and in 2008 was asked to produce a series of twelve paintings of the local area for the new Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery at Swansea.
"I have found the many cities I have lived in and visited, rich with patterns, and they have all, in differing ways, had a profound effect on my painting. Rather than focusing on the more obvious 'landmarks' associated with a particular place, my approach is one of investigating and drawing out patterns which seem to convey something of the essence of the place. My deep interest in the natural and architectural patterns which form part of our everyday world continues to prompt me to study and explore them and ultimately to develop them into new patterns of my own.
Much of my recent work was completed while in California. I was fortunate enough to have a large studio there which allowed me the space - both physically and psycologically - to experiment with new techniques and approaches. The resulting work is freer, bolder and often on a larger scale than my previous paintings, even though the subjects and places are the same."