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Cathie Pilkington RA

Cathie Pilkington RA

Cathie Pilkington RA constructs ambivalent forms from a wide variety of materials and cultural references. Her assembled doll-like sculptures are often presented in immersive installations.

Artist profile

Cathie Pilkington is a London-based sculptor and a figurative artist, renowned for crafting increasingly ambivalent forms. Her sculptural practice combines the interrelated and antagonistic worlds of fine art and craft. She carefully creates pieces from a vast array of materials, adopting ready-made elements, which are freely assembled, as well as incorporating modelling, carving, painting and other finishes to her works. Her sculptures often take on doll-like forms which approach the immediacy of ordinary figurative playthings, and thereby challenge the art-world’s customary and mediated relationship between the viewer and the artwork.

Two of Pilkington’s painted bronzes, Reclining Doll and Twinkle, were selected for the RA’s Summer Exhibition 2014. Her Reclining Doll sculpture was awarded the Sunny Dupree Family Award for Female Artist at the Summer Exhibition this year.

Pilkington studied BA Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art from 1985 to 1991 and was awarded the first John Watson Prize for Art upon graduating in 1991, with a show at the Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. She went on to study Sculpture at the Royal College of Art from 1995 to 1997 following which she was awarded the Cheltenham Fine Art Fellowship in 1998. Pilkington has previously showed with Bruton Gallery, Bath 1992 and was in the 1st RWA Open Sculpture Exhibition 1993. She is currently represented by Marlborough Fine Art, where she had solo shows in 2007, 2010 and 2014. Her exhibition The Value of the Paw as held at the V&A Museum of Childhood in 2012. Her work is held in the collections of the Deste Foundation, Athens, Manchester City Art Gallery and the David Roberts Collection.

Photo: Anthony Lycett 

Cathie Pilkington RA Art Sales
  1. The Consolations Of Nature
    Cathie Pilkington RA
    The Consolations Of Nature
  2. Unicorn
    Cathie Pilkington RA
  3. Origami Goat
    Cathie Pilkington RA
    Origami Goat
  4. Thinks 1
    Cathie Pilkington RA
    Thinks 1
  5. Thinks 3
    Cathie Pilkington RA
    Thinks 3
  6. Blue Doll (framed)
    Cathie Pilkington RA
    Blue Doll (framed)
  7. Full House
    Cathie Pilkington RA
    Full House