Stephen Jack Fine Art

Sally Gatie

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The human figure is Sally’s main source of inspiration, and central to her work, in conjunction with her exploration of colour, texture and pattern. ‘My working system is always in a state of flux, developing in small steps from painting to painting. My love of pattern and colour is the starting point from which I build up a series of layers. My intention is not to copy reality, but to create a window of illusion through which the viewer can escape for a few moments.
Artist: Sally Gatie; Painting: Red Triptych Sally Gatie

Red Triptych

Oil on canvas, signed
170 x 170 cm

By depicting the figures gently cradled within a sea of patterned fabric she demonstrates her love of pattern and texture. At first glance, the figures look at rest and peaceful, but steadily the viewer becomes aware that in fact the paintings are energetic, restless and animated. Sally uses the folds, shapes, intricate patterns and lively use of colour and brushwork to make the eye move around the canvas surface. There is a tension between the tenderness of the figure and the unease of the chaos created by the patterned surface.
Sally studied Fine Art Painting at the University of York’s Scarborough campus, under the tutorship of the realist painters Clive Head and Steve Whitehead. Sally’s influences include artists such as Albert Moore, Frederic Lord Leighton, Gustav Klimt, Lucien Freud and Alison Watt.