Born in 1970, Kate Sherman grew up on the Jurassic coast of Dorset. After graduating  in 1993 with a degree in Fine Art, she continued her painting practice, while working at a fine art screen-printing studio. She continued to work in London for over ten years, curating and dealing in modern and contemporary British art, before deciding in 2005 to paint full time. She now lives and works in Sussex.

Her paintings have a delicate impasto surface and brisk brush marks which belie their intricate structure – where compositions of skylines, horizon lines and road lines are sensitively balanced by fence posts, signposts or trees.

The paintings, all oil on board, originate from photographs she has taken of her surrounding landscape. This photographic source is important because the paintings capture a reflective notion of memory, of the emotional distance between a real landscape and a photograph, between experience and longing. It is a poignant and quiet melancholy reminiscent of Edward Hopper, that is expressed both by the portrayal of sparse unpopulated landscapes containing elemental traces of man, and by her restrained palette which is often suffused in a reserved northern European light of chalky blues and pink-blushed greys.

In 2015 & 2018 Kate exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. 




Jan 2020        The Seventh View, Group Exhibition, C24 Gallery, New York

Nov 2019        ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

June 2019        Coast, Solo Exhibition, ONCA Gallery, Brighton

Oct 2018        Wells Art Contemporary, Somerset

Sept 2018        Forest, Solo Exhibition, Reuben Colley Fine Art, Birmingham

June 2018        Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London

March 2018        Blossom & Forest, Solo Exhibition, Rowe & Williams Gallery, Suffolk

Nov 2017        Downland, Solo Exhibition, The Jointure Gallery, Ditchling

Nov 2016        Rendlesham, Solo Exhibition, ONCA Gallery, Brighton

Oct 2015        The National Open Art Competition, Royal College of Art, London

Oct 2015        Moving Images, Solo Exhibition, The Jointure Gallery, Ditchling

June 2015        Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London






BA Hons Fine Art Degree, Birmingham  (University of Central England)   1990-93




Artist Statement


I make paintings essentially to communicate a feeling or emotion. I use the photographic image as my subject because it is such a familiar vehicle for shared experience and has become an almost ubiquitous screen through which we view reality. It encourages a narrative in the work and can be used to examine ‘reality’ from unexpected angles.

The relationship between painted surface and photographic image fascinates me. I apply the paint initially with brushes and then use strips of card, with a sideways movement to drag and blur the paint, destroying and simultaneously carving out the image. This mechanical application balances the gestural, handmade-ness while communicating with the origins of the mechanised photo-image.