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Kate Lycett Painting Hebden Bridge

April 12, 2013

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For the past several years, Kate Lycett has lived and painted life in and around Hebden Bridge. Looking at her work it’s not surprising that she trained and worked as a textile designer prior to her life as an artist and you can see echoes of Kate’s former career enhancing her artworks.

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Her style has grown in richness and texture and her colours have become more opulent, with a beautiful subtle harmony between her love of pattern and the landscape she is surrounded by, which forms the basis of her work.

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Her observations of the local area are captivating and I love her use of layering colour upon colour and detail upon detail in the hills and streets of Hebden Bridge itself. I perhaps  sense the influences of Gustav Klimt from Kate’s flickering golds and rich tones and the structure and detail in the paintings of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, but essentially Kate has made her style her own, allowing the textile elements to trickle through her paintings, adding relief and texture to her undulating town and landscapes.

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I love the way in which her pattern almost drips into the waters beneath these houses.

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Also the way in which elements are repeated in Kate’s work, the cherry blossom, the birch trees, the dancing patterning, all features which enhance and enrich each painting.

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You can buy a card, print or a delicate Hebden light from Kate’s shop here or in Hannah Nunns’ lovely shop Radiance Lighting or from the Heart Gallery in Hebden Bridge who is featuring an exhibition of Kate’s work called ‘Tall Trees & Warm Stone’ from now until July 7th, do pop along and say where you heard about this. You can also contact Kate directly and follow her work through her Facebook page.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. April 12, 2013 10:39 pm

    this blogger loves this. so vibrant. It’s always a delight to see what you have found to share with us.

  2. April 12, 2013 11:04 pm

    Wow this is excellent, congratulations Kate

    • April 13, 2013 4:38 pm

      Thanks for the comment Ivana, Kate has some new fans here.

  3. April 13, 2013 10:01 am

    I think, if I were to use only one word, I would describe Lycett’s work as joyous. Its like her pictures invites the observer into a new and exciting world, full of surprises and shimmering details.
    I agree with you: “essentially Kate has made her style her own”, but like you I also detected a hint of Klimt, and actually also of Egon Schiele’s houses (http://www.google.com/search?q=Egon+Schiele+houses&safe=off&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=sR1pUeaqC-bS4QTZ6IBw&ved=0CCwQsAQ&biw=1514&bih=1029), which carry a sadness not seen in Lycett, but the two artist share the patchwork style. I do also find Lycett’s work to have something in common with David Hockney’s recent paintings.

    • April 13, 2013 4:37 pm

      Great observations there. I’m sure Kate will be thrilled to be compared to the likes of Schiele and Hockney too 🙂

  4. lyn lewis permalink
    April 13, 2013 11:16 am

    Seen her work at the Saltaire Arts Trail am sure and follow her on FB.
    Shes gifted and her work is stunning

    • April 13, 2013 4:34 pm

      Hi Lyn Thanks for your comments. Another fan of Kate’s work !

  5. April 17, 2013 7:55 pm

    Lovely work.Wow!

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