Lot 208 - Katie Tomlinson - Fed
Watercolour on paper
Signed on Verso
This auction is raising proceeds for The Hepatitis C Trust
Katie Tomlinson was born in Teesside, and lives and works in Manchester and London. Katie is an artist, researcher and Lecturer in Painting, focusing on intersectional feminist perspectives in contemporary painting and pedagogy.
Katie recently completed an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art, London (2021-2023) supported by the Basil H. Alkazzi Scholarship Award. In 2018, she attained a First-Class BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Manchester School of Art.
Recent solo exhibitions include: At Least Buy Me Dinner First, Brooke Benington, London (2022/23) and Fight the Moon, Paradise Works, Manchester (2021/22). Katie has also participated in significant duo and group exhibitions, including Buried in Affection, Galerie Supermarkt, Tokyo (2022); Fayre Share Fayre, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2022); Stories, Bankley Gallery, Manchester (2022); A star is just a memory of a star, Brooke Benington, online (2022); RAW, Soho Revue, London (2022); Obstructions, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2021).
In addition, Katie has received various awards and residencies, including the Zabludowicz Collection Master Class with artist tutors Doug Fishbone, Sir Isaac Julien, Emma Talbot, Ryan Gander and Julia Scher (2021); Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant (2021); The Sir Richard Stapley Education Trust Grant (2021); The Essential School of Painting Artist Scholarship, ESOP, London (2020); Developing Your Creative Practice Arts Council England Grant (2020), Time, Space, Money Bursary, a-n The Artists Information Company (2020); The University of Salford Spring/Summer Commission (2020); Artists’ International Delegation to Denmark – Copenhagen & Aarhus, granted by Castlefield Gallery and a-n (2019).
Brooke Benington (London)
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
Katie Tomlinson’s paintings reflect on the united experiences of women and focus on the intricate dynamics of human connections. Ideas surrounding power structures and vulnerability; nuances of consent, exchange, and desire; heteronormativity and performative femininity; and the politicisation of intimacy recur throughout her practice.
Using vivid colour, playful and surreal motifs, absurdity, symbolism, and varying applications of paint, the works are imbued with tension, concealed messages, and fluctuating tempos. Katie’s paintings serve as both an exploration into the medium and the figures in which inhabit the frame. These figures demand further exploration, inviting questions about their identities, actions, motivations, and relationships with one another.
Katie's paintings overtly reference moments throughout the canon of Western, patriarchal, art history. She reconsiders, reconfigures, and reclaims specific moments from Painting's problematic past. Harbouring this as a tool to enhance, develop, and reinforce her paintings’ contemporary social themes within a post-MeToo era.
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