Katharine Church


1910 - 1999

Artist's Biography & Works For Sale


Katharine Church also known as Kitty West was born in Highgate, North London, in 1910. She began her artistic training firstly in Brighton, then at the Royal Academy School and then the UCL Slade School of Fine Art.

After graduation in 1933, Katharine was offered a solo exhibition at the Wertheim Gallery and this was followed by successful group exhibitions including the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Tate’s ‘Figures in their Settings’, the Royal Academy open exhibitions, the New English Art Club and at the National Museum of Wales in "John Piper and English Neo-Romanticism".

Her painting of lilies at the Summer Exhibition in the Academy (1934) was hailed by the Daily Telegraph as "one of the best flower pieces seen in recent years at Burlington House". Throughout her career, Katharine painted portraits of both young and old, interiors, flowers, town, land and seascapes. She also opened a gallery in North Dorset where she held numerous exhibitions which included some of the leading lights of British art including Henry Moore, Elizabeth Frink, Cecil Beaton, Julian Trevelyan, Frances Hodgkins, Ivon Hitchens, Mary Fedden and Lucy Rie.

A book titled, Katharine Church 'A Life in Colour' was published by Tillington Press, centering on her later works which were largely of and around Dorset where she lived and died in 1999.