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Curriculum vitae: This page carries an article summarising Katherine Gili's career as a sculptor working in Britain since the late 1960s. There are also tables with a detailed CV (resumé), a bibliography and a list of exhibitions, past and present, where her work has been shown.

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Katherine Gili in her studio, working on Ripoll Photograph: Orlando Gili

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Katherine Gili

About the Artist

Born in Oxford in 1948, I graduated from Bath Academy of Art in the late sixties and then studied on the Advanced Sculpture Course at St Martin’s School of Art. Subsequently, I taught at a number of art schools, most notably St Martin’s (1975-84) and Norwich (1972-85).

The first public showing of my sculpture was at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, in 1973; since then there have been solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery, London (1977), the Salander-O’Reilly Gallery, New York (1981), a career survey at the Poussin Gallery, London (2011), two solo shows at Felix & Spear, London (2016 and 2018) as well as Sparks Fly (2019), a major retrospective of my work in the lobby of 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf. I have also taken part in numerous mixed shows.

My work has appeared in seminal surveys of sculpture in Britain, including The Condition of Sculpture at the Hayward Gallery in 1975; a Silver Jubilee Exhibition of Contemporary British Sculpture at Battersea Park in 1977; British Abstract Art: Sculpture (1995) and British Figurative Art: Sculpture (1998), both at Flowers East Gallery in London.

Major group shows include the annual Stockwell Depot exhibitions from 1974 to 1979, the Hayward Annual in 1979, Sculpture from Stockwell Depot at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 1982, Have You Seen Sculpture from the Body?, Tate Gallery in 1984, and Escultura Nueva Reino Unido, Conde Duque, Madrid 1988. More recently, my work appeared in Steel, Canary Wharf, London, 2006 as well as the Royal Academy Summer Shows of 1996, 1997, 2009, and four years running from 2013 to 2016.

I have also had pieces at The Sculpture Park in Surrey, Gracefields Arts Centre, Dumfries and Galloway, the New Art Centre at Roche Court, Wiltshire, and at the Ironbridge Open Air Museum of Steel Sculpture, Coalbrookedale, Shropshire. I am now represented by Felix & Spear, and regularly feature in solo and group shows at their gallery in Ealing, London.

Collectors include the Arts Council of Great Britain, which has shown my work in several exhibitions. Lord Foster selected one of my pieces to stand alongside the Cranfield University Institute of Technology Library, which was designed by Foster Associates in 1992. I was elected a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 1999 and won the Jack Goldhill Award for Sculpture in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 2013.

Additionally, my work can be seen in several other public and corporate collections in the UK and abroad. Among these are: the City of Lugano, Switzerland; Bradford Museums and Galleries; and the General Electric Corporation USA. There are also examples of my sculptures in private collections in Britain, Spain and the USA.

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