Katherine Gili was born in 1948 in Oxford. She studied sculpture at Bath Academy of Art 1966 to 1970 and at Saint Martin’s School of Art 1971 to 1973. From Saint
Martin’s she worked in a number of London studios before finally creating a studio in a vast agricultural building in rural Kent in 1994, where she works alongside her husband, the sculptor Robert Persey. In the early years of her career she taught at a number of
art schools, most notably Saint Martin’s and Norwich.
Her sculpture was first exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford in 1973, since when she has exhibited regularly in numerous group exhibitions and significant
solo shows at the Serpentine Gallery, London 1977; the Salander-O’Reilly Gallery, New York 1981 and a career survey at the Poussin Gallery, London 2011. Solo exhibitions of her sculpture and drawings were shown at Felix & Spear, London in 2016 and 2018. Her work was shown at Canary Wharf in a group exhibition Steel 2006.
Gili’s work is represented in the collections of the Arts Council of Great Britain; Bradford Museums and Galleries; City of Lugano, Switzerland and the General Electric Corporation, USA. There are also examples of her sculptures in private collections in Britain, Spain
and the United States.
In 1999 Gili was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors and was awarded the Jack Goldhill Award for Sculpture in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
2013. She lives and works in Kent.
Katherine Gili is represented in London by the gallery Felix & Spear – we are grateful to the Director, Cameron Amiri, for his involvement in the exhibition. We also thank the photographer, Anne Purkiss for allowing us to use her photographs of Katherine Gili and her studio in Kent. Katherine also extends her sincere thanks to her husband Robert Persey for his help and encouragement.
For more information visit online: katherinegili.com, felixandspear.com and purkiss-images.eu