Creating a new awareness of beauty in common day rural and township life, depicting groups of people going about their everyday lives. Correct in posture and attitude, Katharine's naive and primitive artistic style is unique amongst South African artists. Kathy travels widely to find her subject matter in rural and school settings always sketching rather than using the crutch of photography.
Her technique leads the eye to formulate the facial expressions, which are at best hinted at in her brush strokes, which has earned her the 'Lowry-esque' mantle.
"Art to me is communication… Like language, it can be used in many ways. I want my art to move, delight, and provoke thought about life."
Although Kate Ambrose was born in 1950 to an English father and a Swedish mother, her art and heart are firmly rooted in Africa - its civilisation, landscapes, and the attendant social commentary. All are captured in Ambrose's famous acrylic-on-canvas township paintings.
After reading Religious Studies at Lancaster University in England, Ambrose and her late husband, an Anglican priest, settled in the mining town of Rustenburg in South Africa. It was there that the famous watercolourist artist, Bill McGill, came across her paintings and invited her to join his art classes.
Ambrose became a full-time artist in 1984. "People often want to know about my township connection. They want to know I opt to paint these townships. I went to townships a lot with both my husbands, who each went to help people: Giles as a pastor and my second husband, David Dalling, as a politician".
"They established schools, churches, clinics and built communities up. They listened to people's needs and took their side through the apartheid years. I tagged along and was inspired by the huge scope.
The residents enable me to express my positive philosophy of our shared humanity."
Ambrose has exhibited all over South Africa and in Germany, Malaysia, France, Switzerland, Ireland, the USA and UK.
Ambrose lives in Somerset West outside Cape Town.
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