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Kate Bickmore takes one of the most classical subjects of painting – flowers – and gives new life to otherworldly creatures in a unique style and scale. They are uncomfortably alien and beautifully human all at once. Flowers are typically considered pretty decorative objects on the receiving end of our gaze, but Kate makes the viewer feel as if they are watching and wanting us. Possibly even making their own plans…
— Jonathan Travis
Kate Bickmore is an emerging artist (b. Albany, New York, 1993) presently living in London whose practice currently focuses on creating florascape paintings in oils.
Bickmore graduated from the MFA painting program at the Royal College of Art in London in 2019. She received her BA (honours, summa cum laude) in Studio Art from Hamilton College, Clinton, NY in 2015, following a semester studying abroad at the Slade School of Fine Art in London in 2014. ANNKA KULTYS GALLERY has represented Kate Bickmore since 2021. Her show In Season at ANNKA KULTYS GALLERY marks Bickmore’s first exhibition at a commercial gallery.
While at the Royal College of Art, Bickmore was honoured to receive the prestigious Chadwell Award, set up by Andrew Post and Mary Aylmer in 2010 in memory of Andrew’s mother, and offered to students about to complete their post-graduate studies in fine art. Intended as a bridge to assist graduates in their transition from student to practising art professionals, the award supported Bickmore with a bursary and complimentary studio space. Bickmore has been artist-in-residence at the Sicily Artist Residence Program, Linguaglossa, Sicily (2019), at the Anderson Center at Tower View, The Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship, Red Wing, MN (2017), and at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony, Pollock- Krasner Fellowship, Woodstock, NY (2017). She has also received numerous awards and grants in addition to the Chadwell Award.
Jasper Spires from FAD Magazine has reviewed Kate Bickmore’s In Season, the recent RCA graduate’s first solo exhibition in the UK, on show at Annka Kultys Gallery. The review follows a studio visit, when the author remarked on the works’ “powerful surreality”, and leads to an incisive exploration of how the paintings engage with the subject of femininity. →