Born in North Carolina, Kate Downie studied at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen before travel and residencies took her to the United States, England, Amsterdam and Paris.

Downie is one of the most subtle and persuasive colourists of her generation and she will only add to her palette from real experience. This gives her work a truth and authority, a right to transport us to the unfamiliar or provide an urgent reminder of where we have also been. She is known rightly as a supreme draughtswoman. Her recent studies in China, visited in 2011 and 2013, have added to her repertoire, and the purchase of hand-made Chinese paper has required an approach informed by traditional oriental painting. The paper is remarkably robust: it can be crumpled and reworked and then folded into an A4 packet to be returned to the workshop in Zheng Zhou who will finally stretch the paintings and package them for return to Edinburgh for framing.

Kate’s constant search for new challenges and inspirations has seen her set up studios in such diverse places as a brewery, an oil rig, and an abandoned Hydroponicum. Her work is held in many public collections including Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art; Kelvingrove, Art Gallery: Reitveld Kunst Academie, Amsterdam; the BBC and Edinburgh Council.

Kate Downie is subject of a major solo exhibition in August 2017 entitled The Anatomy of Haste.

  • Shimbashi (Hand)
    Kate Downie

    Shimbashi (Hand)

    2016-2017
    acrylic and oil on canvas
    H:110cm W:200cm
    £18,000
  • Queensferry Crossing (Tendons)
    Kate Downie

    Queensferry Crossing (Tendons)

    2017
    acrylic on canvas
    H:28cm W:44cm
    Sold
  • Viscount 1957 (Belly)
    Kate Downie

    Viscount 1957 (Belly)

    2017
    ink and watercolour
    H:51cm W:101cm
    Sold
  • Bike Fitting (Heart)
    Kate Downie

    Bike Fitting (Heart)

    2017
    ink and watercolour
    H:51cm W:72cm
    £4,500
  • Hydroponicumn, Achiltbuie (Womb)
    Kate Downie

    Hydroponicumn, Achiltbuie (Womb)

    2017
    acrylic on canvas
    H:100cm W:100cm
    £9,000
  • Queensferry Crossing II (Leg)
    Kate Downie

    Queensferry Crossing II (Leg)

    2017
    inks on birch panel
    H:31.7cm W:23cm
    Sold
  • Three Bridges from the West (Leg)
    Kate Downie

    Three Bridges from the West (Leg)

    2017
    inks on birch panel
    H:31.7cm W:23cm
    Sold
  • Queensferry Crossing I (Leg)
    Kate Downie

    Queensferry Crossing I (Leg)

    2017
    inks on birch panel
    H:31.7cm W:23cm
    Sold
  • Kyoto Shinkasen (Spinal Cord)
    Kate Downie

    Kyoto Shinkasen (Spinal Cord)

    2016-2017
    acrylic and oil on canvas
    H:110cm W:200cm
    £18,000
  • Lofoten Island VIII (Muscle)
    Kate Downie

    Lofoten Island VIII (Muscle)

    2017
    chinese ink and watercolour on xuan paper on silk
    H:36cm W:46cm
    £1,650
  • Lofoten Island VII (Muscle)
    Kate Downie

    Lofoten Island VII (Muscle)

    2017
    chinese ink and watercolour on xuan paper on silk
    H:36cm W:46cm
    Sold
  • Lofoten Island VI (Muscle)
    Kate Downie

    Lofoten Island VI (Muscle)

    2017
    chinese ink and watercolour on xuan paper on silk
    H:36cm W:46cm
    Sold
  • Lofoten Island V (Muscle)
    Kate Downie

    Lofoten Island V (Muscle)

    2017
    chinese ink and watercolour on xuan paper on silk
    H:36cm W:46cm
    Sold
  • Lofoten Island IV (Muscle)
    Kate Downie

    Lofoten Island IV (Muscle)

    2017
    chinese ink and watercolour on xuan paper on silk
    H:36cm W:46cm
    Sold
  • Lofoten Island III (Muscle)
    Kate Downie

    Lofoten Island III (Muscle)

    2017
    chinese ink and watercolour on xuan paper on silk
    H:36cm W:46cm
    Sold
  • Lofoten Island II (Muscle)
    Kate Downie

    Lofoten Island II (Muscle)

    2017
    chinese ink and watercolour on xuan paper on silk
    H:36cm W:46cm
    Sold
  • Lofoten Island I (Muscle)
    Kate Downie

    Lofoten Island I (Muscle)

    2016-2017
    chinese ink and watercolour on xuan paper on silk
    H:36cm W:46cm
    Sold
  • A90 (Throat)
    Kate Downie

    A90 (Throat)

    2016-2017
    oil on birch panel
    H:84cm W:92cm
    Sold
  • China (Erections)
    Kate Downie

    China (Erections)

    2015-16
    oil on canvas
    H:110cm W:200cm
    £18,000
  • Avro Anson ‘47 (Heart Surgery)
    Kate Downie

    Avro Anson ‘47 (Heart Surgery)

    2001
    ink, pastel and watercolour
    H:72cm W:51cm
    Sold
  • Hydroponicum Study (Womb)
    Kate Downie

    Hydroponicum Study (Womb)

    2011
    ink and insulating tape on paper
    H:25cm W:25cm
    Sold
  • Trondheim Porthole
    Kate Downie

    Trondheim Porthole

    2017
    ink and watercolour on monoprint
    H:28cm W:28cm
    Sold
  • Horingen Porthole
    Kate Downie

    Horingen Porthole

    2017
    ink and watercolour on monoprint
    H:28cm W:28cm
    Sold
  • Cumbrian Floods (Tear Ducts)
    Kate Downie

    Cumbrian Floods (Tear Ducts)

    2017
    oil on canvas
    H:40cm W:90cm
    £5,500
  • Cross Country (Still)
    Kate Downie

    Cross Country (Still)

    2016
    pen and watercolour on paper
    H:39cm W:58cm
    Sold
  • Cross Country (Moving)
    Kate Downie

    Cross Country (Moving)

    2016
    pen and watercolour on paper
    H:39cm W:58cm
    Sold
  • Pudong (Brain)
    Kate Downie

    Pudong (Brain)

    2016-17
    acrylic on canvas
    H:110cm W:200cm
    £18,000
  • Pudong Pacific (Brain)
    Kate Downie

    Pudong Pacific (Brain)

    2016
    acrylic on canvas
    H:48cm W:90cm
    £5,500
  • Tucson II (Arterial System)
    Kate Downie

    Tucson II (Arterial System)

    2017
    oil on birch panel
    H:48cm W:64cm
    £4,250
  • Route Sketch IV
    Kate Downie

    Route Sketch IV

    2016
    gouache on photocopy
    H:21cm W:30cm
    Sold
  • Route Sketch III
    Kate Downie

    Route Sketch III

    2016
    pen and pastel on tracing paper
    H:21cm W:30cm
    £750
  • Route Sketch II
    Kate Downie

    Route Sketch II

    2016
    pen on tracing paper
    H:21cm W:30cm
    £750
  • Route Sketch I
    Kate Downie

    Route Sketch I

    2016
    pen on tracing paper
    H:21cm W:30cm
    £750
  • Route 66 (Circulation)
    Kate Downie

    Route 66 (Circulation)

    2017
    oil on canvas
    H:120cm W:150cm
    £15,500
  • Route 66 (Arterial System)
    Kate Downie

    Route 66 (Arterial System)

    2017
    oil and mixed media on birch panel
    H:48cm W:64cm
    £4,250
  • Tucson I (Arterial System)
    Kate Downie

    Tucson I (Arterial System)

    2017
    oil on birch panel
    H:48cm W:64cm
    £4,250
  • Tucson III (Arterial System)
    Kate Downie

    Tucson III (Arterial System)

    2017
    oil on birch panel
    H:48cm W:64cm
    Sold
  • Ythan Estuary (Skin)
    Kate Downie

    Ythan Estuary (Skin)

    2016-17
    oil on birch panel
    H:48cm W:64cm
    Sold
  • ShangriLalala II
    Kate Downie

    ShangriLalala II

    monotype
    H:98cm W:51cm
    £1,100
  • ShangriLalala I
    Kate Downie

    ShangriLalala I

    monotype
    H:98cm W:51cm
    £1,100
  • The Art of Crossing (FRB1)
    Kate Downie

    The Art of Crossing (FRB1)

    charcoal & pastel on paper
    H:96cm W:250cm
    Sold