New artist working in tin and wire | Kate Lulham
We are delighted to introduce to our gallery, Brighton based artist Kate Lulham. Kate’s work incorporates anything from a quirky juggling fish in a tin to burlesque ladies frolicking in lillies to fishmongers and gossiping women in tea-rooms.
Kate uses vintage tins, enamel paint and wire to create her painted metal wall sculptures and wire work.
When we caught up with Kate she shared a conversation she recently had with a fellow artist about a large new piece she has been working on; ‘I’m making a prison’, Kate told her fellow artist, who responded with a quizzical and rather astonished look. ‘A happy one, I mean’, Kate explained and to which her lovely colleague replied ‘only Kate Lulham could make a prison look happy!’
This particular piece was motivated by a conversation Kate had about the television series ‘Prison Break’ (which she confesses to having never watched) but the idea of characters making mini stories each in their own cell captured her imagination.
And that is really the crux of all of Kate’s work, stories in tins, free narrative to make it up as you go along. Each of Kate’s wall sculptures tells a story. Using vintage boxes such as old sweet tins or cigarette tins Kate creates wonderful multi-layered painted scenes and taking inspiration from a variety of sources from the circus, burlesque imagery, cake shops and vintage artifacts.
Kate Lulham completed her Fine Art Degree at Newcastle Polytechnic. She has exhibited in galleries all over the UK and currently resides in Brighton. She is a member of the Cross-Street Studios in Brighton and a member of BIP (Brighton Independent Printmaking). Kate is an active member of the Fiveways Artist Group, and opens her house each year in May as part of the Fiveways Trail. We are delighted to be showcasing Kate Lulham’s work at the gallery and hope you will come and see it to share in her sense of fun and wonder.