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Katy Moran

MA Painting, 2005

Katy Moran graduated from Painting in 2005 and has been actively exhibiting and her work featuring in seminal group shows that re-appraise contemporary painting's relationship to abstraction with figuration.

Her 2015 solo show at the Parasol Unit, London, was accompanied by a comprehensive publication edited by Ziba Ardalan, with an essay by Olivier Basciano.

She is represented by Modern Art in London and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York.

What themes do you pursue in your work, and why?

I would say the themes that tend to come through in the work are representational, anthropomorphic animals, people, landscapes. I feel a strong affinity to the subjects I decide to keep in my work. 

How do you work? 

Every day excluding weekends, slowly building.

How has your practice changed over time? 

It has slowed down and many of the works have become more intensely layered and built up.

What was the most important thing you learned at the RCA?

That’s very hard to say. I  came from a background of illustration/graphic art so looking at and talking about work in the context of a fine art painting course was very different and very interesting. I feel the experience was invaluable for me.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received, and what advice would you pass on to students or recent graduates? 

My tutors David Rayson and John Strutton talked a lot about artists sustaining their practice and that struck a chord with me, it's about longevity and feeding that personal engagement in an authentic way.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

Keeping the faith.

What do you most love about it?

The autonomy.

Which RCA artists do you admire or have inspired you the most? 

R B Kitaj (ARCA Diploma Painting, 1961), Chris Ofili (MA Painting, 1993), Gillian Carnegie (MA Painting, 1998)

What makes the RCA special?

Its reputation, its location, the cross-pollination between disciplines, its tutors, its visiting lecturers, the people it attracts to its courses.

Anything we should look out for in the coming weeks/months/year?

I have just had a show at my New York gallery, Andrea Rosen. I also had a ten-year retrospective at Parasol unit in Islington. In the near future I will be making work for the art fairs, starting with Basel.

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Katy Moran (MA Painting, 2005)
Katy Moran (MA Painting, 2005)