Katherine Gili was born in Oxford in 1948; graduated from Bath Academy of Art in 1970 and then studied for two years at St Martin’s School of Art. She subsequently taught at several art schools; most notably St Martin’s and Norwich between 1972 and 1985.
Her sculpture was exhibited for the first time in 1973 and well over a hundred times since. Gili’s career is marked by solo shows in London and New York and by contributions to seminal survey exhibitions at major venues such as the Hayward Gallery. In recent years she has regularly shown in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions and notably in 2013 her sculpture “Ripoll” won the Sculpture Prize.
Katherine Gili’s work is represented in Tate, the Arts Council Collection and other public and corporate collections in the UK, Switzerland and the USA. Lord Foster selected one of her pieces to stand alongside the Cranfield University Institute of Technology Library which was designed by Foster Associates in 1992.
Her sculptures can also be found in many private collections in Britain, Spain and the USA.
Summer Show 2; Serpentine Gallery 1977
Salander O’Reilly Gallery, New York 1981
Katherine Gili - A Career Survey; Poussin Gallery 2011
Artist of the Day; Flowers Central 2014
Looking for the Physical, Sculpture and Drawings by Katherine Gili, Felix & Spear, London 2016 (download catalogue)
Discovered in the Making, Katherine Gili Sculpture, Felix & Spear, London 2018 (download catalogue)
Sparks Fly, Katherine Gili Sculpture 1974 to 2018, 14 Jan - 1 Mar 2019, Canary Wharf, London (download online brochure)
Selected group exhibitions
The Condition of Sculpture; Hayward Gallery, an international exhibition selected by William Tucker, 1975
Silver Jubilee Exhibition of Contemporary British Sculpture; Battersea Park 1977
Annual Stockwell Depot Exhibitions of Painting and Sculpture; 1974-79
Hayward Annual; 1979
Have You Seen Sculpture from the Body? Tate Gallery 1984
Escultura Nueva Reino Unido; Centro Cultural del Conde Duque, Madrid 1988
Moving Into View: a major display of the Arts Council Collection; South Bank Centre selected by William Packer,1993
British Abstract Art, Part 2, Sculpture; Flowers East Gallery, London 1995
British Figurative Art, Part 2, Sculpture; Flowers East Gallery, London, 1998
Steel; Canary Wharf, London, 2006
The Royal Academy Summer Shows 1996, 1997, 2009, 2013-16
Elephant Trust 1994; Elected Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors 1999; Jack Goldhill Award for Sculpture, Royal Academy 2013
Selected Public Collections
Tate Gallery, London; Arts Council of Great Britain; City of Lugano, Switzerland; Cartwright Hall, Bradford; General Electric Corporation, USA; Henry Moore Institute
The Leo and Eileen Herzel Collection USA; Several collections in Britain and Spain
© Katherine Gili and the BBC, courtesy of Felix & Spear Gallery. Filmed in 1991 (no sound).
A short film of Katherine Gili working in her Kent studio in 2017. © Cameron Amiri and Felix & Spear Gallery.