Kathy Prest SWA
Recently awarded the honour of becoming one of the elected members of the Society of Women Artists, Kathy Prest's work has won many awards, including the First Prize at The Art of Love annual Art prize, which was held this year at the.gallery@oxo and Bargehouse in the famous Oxo Tower Wharf, a London landmark building on the South Bank in February.
The Society of Women Artists was originally established in 1857 to give serious women artists the opportunity to exhibit. Today it has some of the finest contemporary women artists from all over the world as its elected members, including Dame Laura Knight, the world-famous illustrator Mabel Lucy Atwell. Current members include Daphne Todd, the first woman President of the Royal Portrait Society; well-known portraitist June Mendoza; Suzanne Lucas, Past President of both the Society of Botanical Artists and the Royal Miniature Society, who in 1980 was elected as the first woman president of a Royal Society; and Philomena Davis, elected first woman President of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1990. The Society has enjoyed Royal patronage since 1865 and today Princess Michael of Kent is the Patron.
Kathy Prest's fascination with the human form came from an empirical understanding of movement and rhythm. Originally trained in Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Kathy Prest spent a number of years teaching contemporary jazz dance at several schools in London. Her extensive knowledge of dance fired a growing interest of the inner workings of the human form and led to a desire to further her understanding of human movement and motion.
Her subsequent research into the anatomical workings of the human form, coupled with a natural ability to draw began a life time's affiliation with sculpture. The discipline of sculpture requires a natural ability to think three dimensionally as well as having a good working knowledge of a range of materials and techniques. As Kathy learnt the fundamental skills and techniques of a new trade, her coherent knowledge and understanding of the anatomical and aesthetic qualities of the human form, supported her transition and allowed her to remain true to her instincts.
"Through sculpture I try to reach the minds and hearts of fellow human beings. Reminding them of what really matters, and the inner joy of love, by captivating a moment of time. The fabric where used, serves to abstract the eye from the human form, accentuating the unbridled energy and spirit of the hidden image".
In 1996 Kathy exhibited and sold her first piece of sculpture. This proved be the first of many and now Kathy exhibits her work across the UK - galleries include, Christies, Phillips Fine Art, McHardy Sculpture Company and the Westminster Gallery for the Society of Women Artists.
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