Young artist to watch …. Kate Lyddon

Kate Lyddon is a multi-disciplinary artist working across drawing, painting and sculpture, her work explores the boundaries of what is considered normal and what is perverse.

Suckers 99x99cm oil and collage on canvas 2016
Kate Lyddon Suckers 99x99cm oil and collage on canvas 2016

She creates scenes of absurdity drenched in dark humour. Cartoon-like characters adopt strange poses and are often grotesquely contorted.

Francis Bacon can perhaps be cited as primary influence, in terms of the distorted pictorial language. Kate is playful with these deformities, producing pieces which are simultaneously unsettling yet amusing and whimsical.

Lyddon uses a range of techniques, including mark making, collage, pencil drawing and etchings to the creation of bizarre life size sculptures, figures often developed by chance and happy accidents.

The work is fanciful and otherworldly. It has a hallucinatory quality as it delves into psychological uncertainty. It challenges our preconception of beauty whilst exploring the fantastical and even surreal.

Portrait [Liverish] Oil, acrylic and collage on canvas 30x40cm 2015
Kate Lydon Portrait [Liverish] Oil, acrylic and collage on canvas 30x40cm 2015

Kate Lyddon (b.1979, London) completed an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art in 2006 and a BA Fine Art at Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury in 2001. Lyddon has presented solo exhibitions at Standpoint Gallery, London (The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award 2014/15); Galerie d’YS, Brussels; Galerie Charlot, Paris; Fold Gallery, London; and Skellefteå Kunsthalle, Sweden, amongst others. Recent group exhibitions include Suspicion curated by artist Dan Coombs at Jerwood Space, London; and Anti-Social Realism, Charlie Smith, London. She has been recently featured as part of the Zabludowicz Collection Invites series.

Kate Lydon On Drool, installation view at Cabin Gallery, London, March 2016
Kate Lyddon On Drool, installation view at Cabin Gallery, London, March 2016

About Ben Austin

Ben Austin studied History of Art at Reading University. He started Catto Contemporary in Shoreditch where he was responsible for helping to launch the careers of several artists and showed Anthony Micallef and Banksy in a curated exhibition entitled ‘Perverse Pop’ back in 2001. Austin has worked at Art Review, before setting himself up as an independent curator and through Austin Enterprises he staged the legendary Frieze opening night show/party entitled ‘Decadence, Decay and the Demimonde’ at Home House in 2007, which featured art on loan from the Saatchi Gallery (Marcus Harvey, Liz Neal and Barry Reigate). He has also curated exhibition at the Blouin Foundation – ‘After Dark’ series, featuring acclaimed artists such as Alice Anderson. He has been on the judging panel for the ‘Young Masters’ prize. More recently he curated ‘Art Britannia’ during Miami Basel featuring a collection of contemporary British artists and acted as the initial curator and advisor the The Dot Project Gallery in Fulham. Ben Austin acts as an art advisor and dealer. He writes for numerous publications including Artlyst and FAD.