Kate Milsom’s work is rooted in the past, not simply because it features historical imagery, but also by using the same techniques and chemical processes. After graduating in fine art from Oxford Brookes University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Kate worked in restoration for many years, where she developed a reverence for authentic materials and an appreciation of the richness and depth of pure pigment.
Kate began producing elaborate mixed media pieces while on a long stay in Venice in 2006, making use of city-floor ephemera such as museum leaflets. She continues to incorporate "scraps" of the past, sourced from second-hand books and magazines, into her "intricate scenes of social malfunction" in which symbolic references abound, seamlessly blending these collage elements, which she partly over-paints, with hand-painted background areas.
Researching her favourite cut-out figures for hours, Kate builds up a picture of their lives. With a wry smile and a vivid imagination, she transposes these facts into an alternative portrait; an inverted image of the subject’s internal and external reality.
Kate's most recent series of work are Climate Chaos, Friends & Family and No Man’s Land. The first features endangered species and rising sea levels on a stage set where humans present their folly as the clock winds down and the curtains are ready to close. In the second, the artist investigates themes from her childhood and the jumble of a pictorial memory. In the third, she celebrates unsung heroines and a history of misfits.
Kate exhibits widely around the UK. Most recently her work was featured in vis-à-vis at The University of South Wales, in which a selection of 20 images of women from its own Museum Collection was paired with 20 images of women by contemporary artists from Wales. She shows regularly at the Royal West of England Academy Open Exhibition, Bristol, and had her first major show with The Martin Tinney Gallery in 2018. She has also had work included in selected exhibitions in London, at The Menier Gallery, The Gallery Cork Street, and The Chelsea Arts Club. Kate has an increasing following of private European collectors from Southern France to Croatia.
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