Born in Liverpool, Kate Fortune Jones studied Fine Art (BA Hons) at London’s Goldsmiths College, followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Photography at Central St Martins.
For the past 17 years Kate has worked in the animation industry on feature films for Warner Brothers, Dreamworks and Disney, and more recently on numerous childrens’ television series for BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five. Her passion for drawing, composition and colour informs her work as both a Design and Layout Artist.
The last two years have seen Kate gradually return to her own studio practice. Painting and drawing in mixed media alongside printmaking are her main interests. Fascinated by the varied mechanics and application of creative markmaking, she endeavours to explore the evolution of chance, accident and emotive suggestion in her chosen media.
The natural world is Kate’s main preoccupation. A wildlife enthusiast, a keen birdwatcher since childhood and a love of all things green and leafy in general – trees, birds and insects, alongside the more abstract organic compositions are the enduring elements in her work. An instinctive response combined with personal association and reflection create a tension of wonderment, mystery and fragility, with an awareness of nature’s own violent chaos and vulnerability. Notions such as survival and extinction present an underlying anxiety whilst the desire for protection and rejuvenation invite hope. Additionally, Kate finds inspiration from her knowledge of art history, literature, childhood storybooks, and the enchanted landscapes of animated films. A Victorian watercolour plate for Alice in Wonderland is as much a starting point as a line of distant trees in the background of a DaVinci painting.
Proof Perfect, Printmakers Council, The Framers Gallery, London, November 2012
Works On Paper, Recent Prints by the Printmakers Council, RK Burt Gallery Sept- Oct 2012
Mystery Art Exhibition, Art for Youth, Royal College of Art , October 2012
Survival of the Fittest, Waterworks Nature Reserve, London, July – October 2012
Ghosts of Gone Birds II, Rochelle School, London November 2011
Mystery Art Exhibition, Art for Youth, Royal College of Art October 2011
Urban Art, London July 2011
Ghost of Gone Birds, Part I, Liverpool May 2011
Spring Open Exhibition, Runnymede Gallery, Surrey, March 2011
Small Works Open, Bank Gallery, Surrey, February 2011
Ochre Original Prints, Surrey, November 2010
Urban Art Fair, London July 2010