Katrin Koskaru: 'Come to close quarters' The Valerie Beston Artists’ Trust Prizewinner 2013
14 aug 2014 by art:i:curate team
The Valerie Beston Artists’ Trust was established in 2006 on the death of Miss Valerie
Beston, a former director of the gallery, to support artists at the beginning of their careers.
The charity is collaborating with the Royal College of Art to award an annual prize to a
postgraduate student selected from the degree show. This comprises a studio for a year at
SPACE, a financial contribution towards materials, tutorial support generously provided by
the RCA, and an exhibition at the end of the year. Catherine Lampert and Pilar Ordovas
have kindly selected the winner of the prize.
Katrin’s work has been influenced by the landscapes of Estonia and particularly its military
architecture. These paintings are permeated by a strong sense of isolation and poetical
feeling for the memories resonant within a place. More recently she has been looking at the
natural marks of her surroundings and using these as the starting point for many layered
abstract paintings. The six large paintings in the exhibition are based on grids and lines, a
phenomenon particular to twentieth century art from Cubism to Malevich and Mondrian.
Katrin’s recent work is characterised by a chain of reduction in colour and in representational
guides. The lines and grids are recognised through repetitions and differences materialise
between those repetitions. The works are all watercolour with very delicate washes and
interactions of colour. Her mark making has become increasingly intuitive and autonomous.
About Katrin Koskaru
Katrin Koskaru was born in 1977 in Estonia and lives and works in London. She studied Painting at the Royal College of Art 201-2013 and at the Estonian Academy of Arts 2002-2005, and Textile Design at Tartu Art College 1998-2002. She has been offered a residency with Pascaline Mulliez Galerie, Paris, later this year.
Marlborough Fine Art
6 Albemarle Street
London W1S 4BY
+44 (0) 207 629 5161
Opening Times: Monday to Friday: 10am – 5.30pm; Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Private View: Tuesday 26 August 2014
The exhibition will be on view through August 30, 2014.