KATHY VENTER

BIOGRAPHY

BIOGRAPHY

Kathy Venter was born in South Africa where she received her M.F.A. in Sculpture, Port Elizabeth School of Art and Design and immigrated to Canada in 1989.

She builds her life size ceramic sculptures by hand using the extended pinch method - similar to large vessel building. No molds are used as the hollow, completed wet clay sculptures are 15% larger than life size to shrink to the desired scale after firing.

An exhibition of 36 of her sculptures originated at the Gardiner Museum, Toronto from 30th May 2013 to 15th September 2013. This exhibition travelled to the Bellevue Arts Museum, Wa., U.S.A. in 2014; Sacramento State University; Deuthebank/Circa Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa; and IMA, San Juan Islands, Wa., USA. Part of this exhibition will be shown at the Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale 2014-2015.

Kathy currently lives and works on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, with her husband, painter Deon Venter.

 

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EDUCATION

1980

 M.F.A. Sculpture, Port Elizabeth School of Art and Design, South Africa

1978 

Honors Diploma Fine Art Sculpture

1976

 Diploma in Fine Art Sculpture

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBTIONS

2015

San Juan Islands Museum of Art, Immersion series

2014 

Bellevue Arts Museum. Washington, U.S.A.

2013 

Gardiner Museum of Contemporary Ceramics, Toronto

2011 

Robin Relph Contemporary, London, U.K.

 

2009 

William Traver Gallery, Seattle.  “Water Boundary”

2008

 Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver

2007 

Sculpture Site Gallery, San Francisco

2005/6 

William Traver Gallery, Seattle

2004 

Miriam Shiell Fine Art, Toronto

2003 

Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver

2002 

Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island

2001 

Vortex Gallery Saltspring Island

1999 

Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver

1998 

Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island

1997

Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island

1996 

Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island

1995 

Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver

1993 

Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island

1992 

Vortex Galllery, Saltspring Island

1990 

Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver

1989

Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver

1988 

Gallery International, Cape Town

1987 

Gallery International, Cape Town

1986 

Gallery International, Cape Town

1985 

Gallery International, Cape Town

1984 

Beuster-Skolomowski Gallery, Pretoria

1980

Port Elizabeth School of Art and Design

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019

Government House, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria House Tour, Victoria, BC, Canada

Winchester Galleries, Victoria, BC. 'Unstoppable: The Woman's Exhibition'

2018

Winchester Galleries, Victoria, BC. With Deon Venter

2015

Circa Museum, Johannesburg, SA. With Deon Venter

2014 

Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale

2010 

Four guest artists.  Sacramento State University Museum.

Bellevue Arts Museum, Seattle. “Clay Throwdown Biennale”

Chmar Gallery inaugural exhibition.

2009 

Los Angeles Art Fair.  Sculpturesite Gallery.

2008 

Hastings House sculpture garden inaugural.

2007

Sculpture Site Gallery, “Body Language 2”

2006 

Sculpture Site Gallery, San Francisco “Firings”

Sculpture Site Gallery, San Francisco “Body Language”

2005/6 

Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale

2004 

Toronto International Art Fair, Miriam Shiell Gallery

2003

Toronto International Art Fair, Buschlen Mowatt  Gallery

2002 

Toronto International Art Fair, Vortex Gallery

2001 

Sofa International Art Fair, Miller Gallery

International invitational Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Vancouver Art Gallery, Invitational Auction Exhibition

2000 

Sofa International Art Fair, Miller Gallery

Vancouver Art Gallery, Invitational Auction Exhibition

1997 

Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver

1996 

Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, H x W x D

1995 

Los Angeles International Art Fair, Diane Farris Gallery

Seattle International Art Fair, Diane Farris Gallery

1993 

Port Angeles Fine Arts Museum, WA. U.S.A., Straight Art III: the Canadian Waters

1991 

Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island, Dual Show

1988 

National Red Cross Exhibition for “Operation Hunger”, Invitational traveling show, Southeby’s South Africa.

1820 Settlers’ Monument, South Africa, Ecca Group Show, Grahamstown Festival, Grahamstown

1987

Anne Bryant Gallery East London, South Africa, “Five Artists from the Ciskei”

1984 – 1987 

Grahamstown 1820 Settlers Monument,City Hall, Port Elizabeth

Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

G.A.P. Group, Annual Exhibitions

1981 

Port Elizabeth School of Art and Design

1978 – 1986 

Annual Exhibition, Association of Ceramists of South Africa

 

COLLECTIONS

Gardiner Museum of Contemporary Ceramics, Toronto

South African National Gallery, Pretoria

Ceramics Museum Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Gates Foundation, U.S.A.

Permanent Collection, Port Elizabeth Technikon

Richard B. Sachs collection, New York

Private collections:  South Africa, Japan, Canada, England, U.S.A., Ireland, Bahamas,

New Zealand, Holland and Australia.

 

 

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2013  

Boulevard Magazine

Galleries West – review

Zone One Arts – interview

2012 

CBC radio interview

2011 

Review.  The Driftwood.

2010 

Contemporary Ceramics, Emmanuel Cooper.

Art Allsorts II, John Grande

Ceramic Art and Perception.  Review for Bellevue Arts Museum.

2009 

Art Allsorts, John Grande

2008 

Ceramic Sculpture.  Turner

Ceramics Monthly Magazine – One

2006 

Ceramics Monthly Magazine – “Immersion” series – December 2006.  Cover image.

2005 

The Globe and Mail Art Review by Gary Michael Dault.

2000 

“The Human Form in Clay” Jane Waller, United Kingdom

Ceramics Monthly –  May, 2000

Ceramics Review – article, September 2000

1997 

“Famous Five Foundation” selected maquette for monument

1996 

Knowledge Network documentary “Many Faces of Brock”

1995 

Focus on Women magazine article

Times Colonist review

1990

Vancouver Sun review

1988 

“Collage” Television Coverage ECCA show

Radio South Africa interview “Women Today”

1985 

“Sgraffiti” article, magazine of National Association of potters of South Africa.

1984 

Pretoria News review

1983 

Eastern Province Herald

Sunday Times review

1982 

Cape Herald review