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Kitty Watt “Retrospective and Onwards” Solo Show
September 3, 2016 - October 15, 2016
“Retrospective and Onwards”
A celebration of 30 years of printmaking
by Kitty Watt
It is always fascinating to witness an artist’s development, but it is not an opportunity that presents itself that often.
At the Inchmore Gallery, you will get the chance to see the work of printmaker Kitty Watt and the progress she has made in thirty years dedicated, mainly, to Aquatint Etching.
The exhibition is really two shows, one a retrospective, where Kitty has selected a piece of significance, to her, from each of the past thirty years. The other is Kitty’s recent work, consisting of Etchings, Linocuts and Mixed Media.
Kitty seeks out the tonal qualities in a landscape, the foreground contrasting with something distant. Through the years similar themes reappear such as, a landscape seen through trees.
This is an exhibition that will interest everyone that sees it, whether it’s the complicated process and work involved, to turn a sheet of metal into a beautiful coloured print. Or, just marvel at the intricacies of an etching you like. But do take the time to look and see what Kitty has achieved in thirty industrious years.
You and your guests are cordially invited to the opening of this new solo exhibition on Saturday 3rd September, from 2.00pm until 4.00pm.
This exhibition runs until Saturday 15th October 2016 and concurrently with the Summer Exhibition. Please see the website for a full list of those participating.
Kitty Watt: Biography
The views across the sea to Orkney from my croft in the far north of Scotland, along with the dramatic Caithness sea cliffs are a major inspiration for my work.
I have been printmaking and exhibiting since 1986 and wild places have always featured in my work. For many years I concentrated mainly on aquatint etching, but I now enjoy working on Collagraph, Linocut and Monoprint as well, occasionally combining these different techniques in the print.
My work is exhibited throughout Scotland, has been shown in America and I have been commissioned twice by Shell.
Aquatint Etching by Kitty Watt
The Etching plate is usually made of zinc, copper or steel. It is cleaned and coated in acid resistant ‘hard ground’. The design is scratched onto the plate and immersed in acid, which bites into the metal, forming a grove. This gives a line drawing.
Powdered Rosin is sprinkled onto the plate and sealed with heat. This coats the metal in a very fine dust. Varnish is painted on areas of the plate to be kept light and immersed in acid for a short time. More areas of the plate are painted as it is immersed for longer and longer times. This gives tones to the etching.
The cleaned plate is coated in ink, polished with muslin and tissue paper before it is placed, face up, on the etching press. It is then covered with damp paper and blankets before it is moved through the press to produce one individual print. It has to be re-inked for each print.
Etching is a varied and exciting art form and aquatint is only one technique of many used in printmaking. There is as much skill in the inking of the plate as there is of producing an etched plate which is what makes each print so individual.
Kitty Watt: Curriculum Vitae
I was born in Sussex and moved to Aberdeenshire in 1981 after a spell in North Wales screenprinting. Then I was a commercial artist in London. In 1986 I went on a weekend etching course taken by Beth Fisher at Peacock Printmakers in Aberdeen. This changed my life and I have been etching ever since.
In 1997 I moved to a croft just outside John O’Groats with my husband David and it’s from here I supply Galleries with my work.
1990 Strathfest, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire.
1991 His Magesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen.
1992 Ceilidh Place, Ullapool.
1993 Candarcraig Garden Gallery.
1994/96/01 Tolquhon Gallery, Tarves, Aberdeenshire.
1995 Hanover Fine Arts. Edinburgh.
1995 Just Art. Fochabers, Moray.
1996 Conoco, Aberdeen.
2000 Lybster Gallery, Caithness.
2001/04/06/11 Waterfront Gallery, Stromness, Orkney.
2016 Working towards a solo Exhibition at Inchmore Gallery, Inverness.
Selected Group Exhibitions, since 1984
Peacock Printmakers, Aberdeen Artists Society, Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen. ‘Footprint International’ Centre for Contempory Printmaking, U.S.A. Travelling International Miniprint Exhibition. Torrance Gallery, Edinburgh. Courtyard Gallery. Little Gallery, Pittenweem, Fife. Strathearn Gallery. Aberfeldy Gallery, Frames Gallery, Perth. The Bridge, Dublin. Knock Gallery, Braemar Gallery, Aberdeenshire. The Blake Gallery, York. Tore Art Gallery, Highland. McGill Duncan Gallery, Castle Douglas. Carron Gallery, Strathcarron. Orbost Gallery, Skye.Milton Gallery, Aberdeenshire. Inchmore Gallery, Inverness. Gallery 48, Cromarty.
The ‘Rocks of Solitude’ Touring Exhibition, Kitty & David Watt.
1995-1998 The Meffan, Forfar, Brechin, Angus. Ceilidh Place, Ullapool, The Art Gallery, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Ferryport Studio, Tayport. St. Fergus Gallery, Caithness.
Commissions for Shell Expro, Aberdeen, Kingfisher Project 1997 & Nature’s Prize 1998.
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