Artist dis­tils essence of Spey­side in her draw­ings

Art: Gallery shows cooper­age sketch

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - NEWS - BY GREG OCKRIM

An Aberdeen artist’s at­mo­spheric de­pic­tion of the Spey­side whisky in­dus­try will go on show in a pres­ti­gious Lon­don ex­hi­bi­tion this month.

The Royal So­ci­ety of Bri­tish Artists will fea­ture a piece by Kate Steen­hauer at the event in Mall Gal­leries, near Trafal­gar Square, be­tween March 22 and April 1.

Many of Ms Steen­hauer’s works are in­spired by the dis­til­leries of Spey­side.

She has pre­vi­ously fo­cused on other north-east in­dus­tries, in­clud­ing the har­bour and he­li­port in Aberdeen. She said yes­ter­day: “It is re­ally ex­cit­ing to be fea­tured as part of the gallery. My work ‘Top­ping the Cask at Spey­side’ is part of a larger pro­ject, which will be dis­played in a solo show at the Mef­fan Gallery in For­far at the end of April and it is ter­rific this can rep­re­sent that pro­ject.

“The work be­gan at the end of 2015 with around six vis­its to the Spey­side Cooper­age.

“Ini­tially, when I walked in, it was over­whelm­ing, be­cause so much was go­ing on, but I en­joyed cap­tur­ing the move­ment, ges­tures and habits of the coop­ers.”

Ms Steen­hauer re­cently re­turned from an art fel­low­ship in Venice where she com­pleted most of the ex­hibits for her up­com­ing show. She added: “I have learned an aw­ful lot from my time in Venice in­clud­ing new tech­niques which I in­cor­po­rated into my work for ‘Scot­land: Dargs and Drams’.

“The work es­sen­tially out­lines as­pects of Scot­tish life in work through ‘Dargs’ and also shows the play side through ‘Drams’.”

Kate Steen­hauer’s work can be found on her web­site at www.kat­es­teen­

“Top­ping the Cask at Spey­side is part of a larger pro­ject”

IN­DUS­TRY: Kate Steen­hauer has por­trayed north-east work­places in­clud­ing Aberdeen har­bour and he­li­port

The artist’s de­pic­tion of a Spey­side cooper­age

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