Kate Livingston | Upright Gallery

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‘Half Life’ by Kate Livingstone

Upright Gallery, 3 Barclay Terrace, Edinburgh
Running from July 28 – August 24
Private View July 27 from 6 – 8pm

This exhibition at Upright Gallery showcases some of Kate Livingstone’s paintings from the past two years.

Livingstone’s practice is intrinsically material and process driven. She approaches the making of work in a way that borders on compulsive, embracing her obsessive tendencies and honing the details of intensely layered surfaces. 

In these works, ambiguous forms and blossoming networks of graphic shapes within the layers of composition suggest dynamic movement and a simultaneous coming together and splitting apart of matter. The layering and mixing of contradictory materials, such as traditional oils with industrial varnish and enamels, suggests something alchemic in Livingstone’s way of working. She both embraces and attempts to restrain the accidental within paintings; as uncontrolled pours of liquid paint layer with meticulous areas of hand painting, chaos and control exist in a delicate tension.

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