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Kathleen Guthrie (1905 - 1981)   BIOGRAPHY

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Fom a painting by Cecil Stephenson 1938, circa 1960
Framed (ref: 1790)
Signed and titled,Silk screen print by Kathleen Guthrie from a painting by Cecil Stephenson 1938, (same size).  Original painting bought by Anthony D'Offay
Silkscreen and crayon, 11 13/16 x 9 7/8 in. (30 x 25 cm), (image size)


 


Provenance: the Artist's family
Literature:  A Poet's Eye, The Paintings of Kathlenen Guthrie, Jonathan Eastaway,Cartmel Press, 1999, p. 43

Issued in an edition of 14

Guthrie was introduced to the technique of silk screen printing as early as 1954, by Linnet Guthrie, the daughter of her first husband Robin - by the 1960's  she had mastered the art and become one of the most accomplished practioners of any generation.    In collaboration with her husband (possibly resulting from the fact that after1960 Stephenson, who died in 1966, was incapacitated by a series of strokes) Kathleen reproduced, as silk screens, three of Stephensons iconic Abstracts from 1936, 1937 and 1938.  Inspired by this experiment Guthrie embarked,  in the  late 1960's,  on her Camelot prints, a series of bold hard edged abstract designs with  pure fields of colour, often using daring combinations.



Kathleen Guthrie (1905 - 1981)



Kathleen Guthrie (1905-1981) studied at the Slade School under Henry Tonks, (1922-24) and at the Royal College of Art (1925).  At the Slade she met Robin Guthrie (1902-1971) whom she married in 1927.   In 1930 Robin Guthrie and Rodney Burn (1899-1984), a fellow student from the Slade, were invited, on the recommendation of Tonks, to go to America and become co-directors of the Boston School of Fine Art. This two year appointment allowed Kathleen to see the New England countryside, especially around Wilmington, Vermont, where they spent the summer vacations. In 1932 she had a solo show of figure paintings and landscapes at Bostonís Stace Home Gallery.  

From the 1930ís onwards Kathleen exhibited widely, especially at The New English Art Club and The Royal Academy.  Her work from this period, which consisted mostly of still lifes, landscapes and genre scenes, was painted in a whimsical figurative style.

In 1941, following the breakdown of her marriage to Robin Guthrie, Kathleen married Cecil Stephenson, a member of the group of constructivist artists led by Ben Nicholson.  From this point on her work moved increasingly towards abstraction. In the 1960ís she embarked on her Camelot Series, bold, hard-edged compositions of contrasting forms arranged as pure fields of colour.  These formed the main body of work exhibited in 1963 at the New End Gallery and her retrospective at the Drian Galleries in 1966.  

In the mid 1960's Kathleen was introduced to silk screen printing and become one the most accomplished practitioners of her generation.  The main body of these works were inspired by paintings from her Camelot series and Stephensonís iconic images including  Egg Tempera 1936 and Egg Tempera 1937.

Acknowledgement: www.artboigs.co.uk

EXHIBITION LIST

One man shows:
1932 Grace Horne Gallery, Boston, USA 1947 Little Gallery, Piccadilly, London 1951 Kalman Gallery, Manchester
1963 New End Gallery, Hampstead, London 1966 Drian Gallery, London 1968 The Art Gallery, Brighton
1968/69 Trentham Gallery, Emsworth, Hampshire 1970 Forge Gallery, Cookham, Middlesex
1972 Erica Bourne Gallery, Golders Green, London 1974 Camden Arts Centre, Finchley, London 1977 Coach House Gallery, Guernsey 1977 Centaur Gallery, Highgate, London

Group shows (WIAC, Free Painters, Hampstead Artists Council, London Group, etc.), at: King Street Gallery, Cambridge
AIA Gallery, London
New Vision Centre, London
FBA Gallery, Suffolk Street, London (WIAC & FP)
Gallery Greuze, Paris, France
Pittsburgh, USA
Galleria Numero, Florence (WIAC)

Mixed shows, at:
London Galleries: Goupil Gallery, Royal Academy, National Gallery (war pictures official purchase), London Group, Redfern Gallery, Leicester Galleries, Gimpel Fils, Whitechapel Art Gallery (Guggenheim Award Exhibition), Drian Gallery
Others: Galerie Hervť, Paris; Leicestershire County Hall

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