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European Gallery

Oliver Sears Gallery
29 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 644 9459

info@oliversearsgallery.com

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kboucherbeug@gmail.com

Biographical Details

Katherine Boucher Beug’s work plays with opposites: the juxtaposition of skilled, precise drawing with physical mark-making; of theory-based use of colour with found materials; of exactly calculated compositions with spontaneous brush strokes. There is analysis within her paintings, but there is also a sense of play. There is precision, but also freedom. She describes the process of reconciling these elements as “juggling”.

Originally from Princeton, New Jersey, KBB has been living and working in County Cork, Ireland since 1971. She received a BA in English and Fine Art from Northwestern University and her dedication to both writing and visual arts has been a significant influence on her work.

She went on to study at the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunst in Hamburg with Professor Kurt Kranz who taught Joseph Alber’s colour theory and its practical uses in water-colour and oils. This too was a formative experience with reference to landscape, portraiture, still life and abstraction. During her time in Germany she followed a rigorous, disciplined course in drawing from ‘life’. These two components, colour theory and her daily drawing, formed the solid base from which she went on to explore work in many different media and with many different themes. In Hamburg she also studied lithography, which would eventually lead to her artist’s book, Thought Before Song, consisting of eight lithographs and eight of her own texts.

In 1971 KBB moved to Cork, Ireland where, in a sense, she continued her studies, by teaching drawing, colour theory and lithography at the Crawford College of Art. In 1973 she and her husband bought an old house in Dunderrow surrounded by agricultural land and a forest. The endless weave of roads and hedgerow, the ever changing skies, shifting light and shadows combined to form her aesthetic. It is here that they brought up their family and here that she has her spacious studio. Her first solo show was in 1973 and she has been exhibiting in Ireland and abroad since then.

Influenced by Joseph Beuys and Anselm Kiefer and Louise Bourgeois, she began an obsessive sketch book practice; the daily recording of observations and memories, feelings and dreams using collage, photographs, found materials and words. Through these books, she remains in touch with the raw, uncensored flow of ideas and emotions which underpin more finished images.  She would later go on to teach workshops in Sketch Books and Creative Practice at the Crawford and University College Cork. In 2006 she curated an exhibition at the Fenton Gallery in Cork, called The Raw Not the Cooked giving established contemporary artists the opportunity to show the ‘work behind the work’.

Always interested in theatre, in the 1990s. KBB began working occasionally with set design. Then in the 2000s she began adding stages to her canvases, constructing little tables, and working with fabric. These experiments would eventually lead to an important aspect of her current practice, the Assemblages. These 3D collages are a crystallisation of all aspects of the work and have been compared to well-structured poems.

She has had regular solo shows since the seventies, interspersed with group shows, projects and residencies. One particularly interesting project was her animated film, Begin, developed from her drawings for the Poetry Project (2013). And, in 2017, she initiated Take Five, a major exhibition of contemporary art with four other artists, Vivienne Roche, Stefan Syrowatka, Sarah O’flynn and Charles Tyrell, at The Mill in Kinsale, County Cork.

Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions
 
2017

Group Show, “Take Five”
The Mill, Kinsale

2015

Solo Show, “Equations”
Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin

2014

Solo Show, “Sing Brother Sing”
Catherine Hammond Gallery

2011

Solo Show, “Some Time”
Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin

2010

Two-Person Show
Olcote Gallery/ Kinsale Arts Week

2006

Two-Person Exhibition with Janet Mullarny
Fenton Gallery, Cork

2003

Solo Exhibition
‘Telemachus’
Fenton Gallery, Cork

1999

Solo Exhibition
‘Whose Equation’
West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen
Siamsa tire, Tralee

1994

Solo Exhibition
‘Thought Before Song’
Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork
Project Arts Centre, Dublin
Model Arts Centre, Sligo

1990

Solo Exhibition
Triskel Arts Centre

1989

Solo Exhibition
Boole Library, UCC

1979

Triskel Arts Centre

1973

Lavitt Quay Gallery

Selected Group Shows and Projects

2013

The Poetry Project, (www.thepoetryproject.ie)
animation ‘Begin’

2012

RADHARC
Six Contemporary Painters from Ireland
Irish Historical Society, NYC

2012

Oliver Sears Gallery, ‘Hibernation’
Catherine Hammond Gallery , Glengariff

2011

‘The Horse Show’ , RHA, Dublin
RHA annual show (Invited)
‘Field of Vision’, Glucksman Gallery, Cork

2010

Lavitt Gallery

2009

RHA (Invited)

2002

An Leabhar Mor The Great Book Of Gaelic

2001

Art Trail
The Fenton Gallery , ‘Four Series’

1999

New Hampshire Fine Arts, selected Ballinglen fellow
Lavitt Gallery ‘Take Five’

1998

National Gallery of Ireland ‘Art intoArt’
Art Trail Invited Artist
Sciop ‘98 selected by hugh Mullholland
‘Talking about Artist’s Sketchbooks’ Cork County Library Touring Exhibition
‘Iontas’ Sligo Small Art
Triskel Arts Centre Emmerging Artists
Wandsford Quay Print Project

1997

RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin ‘Landscape and Recollection; The Ballinglen Experience’

1994

Poitiers, France ‘Couleurs d’Europe’

1993

Exhibition of Contemporary Irish Art in Poland
Eurothreshold, Millstreet

1992

Cork Airport Exhibition

1991

Triskel Arts Centre ‘Images of Ourselves’

1985

Crawford Municipal Gallery C.A.N. Cork Art Now

Theatre Work and Costume Design

The Granary Theatre

2001

‘Sleepwalking’ (selected works by Franz Kafka) Directed by Regina Crowley

1988

‘The Shoemaker’s Prodigeous Wife’ by F G Lorca Directed by Steven Gale

1987

‘The Bacchae’ by Euripedes

Performance

2001

Performance of the artist’s text, ‘The Gambler’
with Jack Healy

Books

2004

Drawings for Matthew Geden’s
translations of Apollinaire

2000

Cork Harbor Artist’s Book Commision
‘From Scrap’

1994

Thought Before Song
artist book with lithographs and text s by the artist

Residencies

1999

Cill Rialig

1997 and 2010

Ballinglen Arts Foundation

1994

Poitier, France
‘Couleurs D’europe

Cultural Work

2009

Manifest, Kinsale Arts Week

2006

The Raw Not The Cooked, Fenton Gallery

Public Collections

The Arts Council Collection
Bank of Ireland Collection
Allied Irish Bank Collection
Crawford Municipal Gallery
University College Cork
Cork County Council Collection

Artist’s Book Collections

Princeton University Library
NCAD Library, Dublin

Selected Exhibition Catalogues and Reviews

Allen, Jo, ‘Four Series’, CIRCA No. 94, winter 2000
Allen, Jo, ‘Talking about Artist’s Sketchbooks’, CIRCA No. 86, winter 1998
Fenton, Nuala, ‘Whose Equation’ – From a Conversation with the Artist, catalogue for ‘Whose Equation’, West Cork Arts, 5/99
Dunne, Aidan, The Sunday Tribune, 17/7/9
Finlay, Sarah, ‘ One Woman’s Vernacular’, Exhibition Catalogue for ‘Thought Before Song’ touring Exhibition 1994
Finlay, Sarah, Landscape and Recollection, exhibition catalogue, 1997
Hopkin, Allanah,’Motion Between Straight Lines’ ,The Examiner , 8/12/98
Hopkin, Allanah, ‘Whose Equation’, Sunday Times, 6/6/99
O’Kelly. Hillary, ‘Katherine Beug’, Circa, No. , winter 1994
Ryan, Vera, ‘Talking About Artist’s Sketchbooks’, Catalogue, Interview with the artist, 6/98