Kate MacDonagh is a Sligo born artist currently living and working in Dublin. She studied at the Limerick School of Art and Design, Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, Bob Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York, and at MI- LAB, Fujikawaguchiko Studio, Japan.
Kate is a member of the Graphic Studio Dublin.
Group Exhibitions include:
RHA: Annual Exhibition, Dublin
‘Beauty of Mokuhanga: Discipline & Sensibility’, IMC, Hawaii
‘A Lonely Impulse of Delight’, Geidei University, Tokyo
‘The Wanderer and the Well’: Reflections on Yeats, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo
‘Nebensonnen’, Seidlvilla, Munich
Her work is held in public and private collections in Ireland, UK, Spain, Germany, Slovenia, USA and Japan. She is a recipient of numerous commissions and artist residencies including:
The Model Art Centre, Sligo,
MI-Lab Artist in Residence Programme, Japan,
Colony of Painters, Islake, Slovenia and
Cill Rialaig Artists’ Retreat, Kerry, Ireland.
Kate MacDonagh is an abstract artist who’s conceptualizations are suggested rather than defined. She explores dualities of light and dark, scale and ephemerality, stillness and movement, the spectral and the material.
Since her time spent on artist residencies in Japan (2015, 2017) Kate has focused mainly on water-based, Japanese woodblock printing (Mokuhanga) and water colour painting.
The painterly qualities and diverse possibilities of Mokuhanga greatly appeals to her as a way of working in an environmentally way.
The sensuous, meditative dialogue with the materials is an essential element of both the process and the outcome.