Work by SSA member Kate Steenhauer, who exhibited at the 2016 SSA Annual Exhibition, was selected from a record number of entries to appear alongside paintings by some of Britain’s leading figurative artists at The Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition, recently on show at Mall Galleries.
Kate, a multi- award winning artist, produces contemporary work on heritage, landmarks and industries using oil paint and intaglio printmaking techniques.
The work focused on the Scottish whisky industry and selected by the Royal Society of British Artists is part of a larger project entitled ‘Scotland: Darg and Drams’. This project will feature in a major solo show at the Meffan Gallery in Forfar between the 29th of April and 27th of May 2017.
The project is the culmination of her artistic explorations at the shipyards, heliport and hangars of Aberdeen, the ‘Oil Capital of Europe’, where workers grump and joke in muted tones at red-eye time. In the barns at Speyside Cooperage where the whisky casks are made; a trade associated with traditional skills and craftsmanship, yet remaining a modern and vital part of Scotland’s industrial landscape. At Knockando Woolmill, where woollen textiles are created on Victorian machinery, and Thainstone Mart, where the ringmaster auctions off livestock by circling them before a captive audience. In the pubs where fiddle music carries the locals into the early hours after a long week of grafting.
Having lived in Scotland for over a decade she sees its beauty in the natural grit of everyday life. Her picture-postcard Scotland gives a ‘rough around the edges’ portrayal, a Scotland absorbed in work and play, and at one with its environment.
Kate’s drawings are created at unique locations, amidst the hustle and bustle, with production in full swing, and subsequently transformed into oil paintings and limited edition etchings.