Painter Katy Brown resides on the Earl of Edgecumbe’s Estate on the Rame Peninsula, known as Cornwall’s ‘Forgotten Corner’. Here she works from her studio in a Napoleonic barracks at Maker Heights, the highest point of the isthmus, with 360° panoramic views taking in the open sea and Plymouth Sound, Devonport, and Dartmoor with Cornwall rolling away to the West, and the ever-changing sky above, all environments that have been reflected in her most recent work.
The external landscape provokes a strong internal catalyst within Katy, connecting her with a desire to create that she describes as “a primal instinct”.
Each piece develops intuitively as Katy applies marks and layers of fluid colour to capture fleeting moments with an almost spiritual sagacity. She describes the act of painting “as a process of distillation that occurs through the conscious and unconscious mind and senses, absorbing visual information and allowing the ideas to filter through and pour onto the canvas”.
Demonstrating a move to a more abstract idiom, her subject matter may be evanescent and ephemeral but the work will remain timeless.
Katy Brown was born in 1976 in the unspoilt pastoral splendour of Jersey in the Channel Isles, where she lived until leaving to study painting at the Winchester School of Art (1995 -1999) . Over the last decade Katy has established her name in London, Cornwall, and her native home in Jersey.
words by Sophie Galleymore-Bird