Kate Denton has been a practicing sculptor for thirty years, establishing a reputation as one of the foremost figurative sculptors in the UK. She was elected to the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1993. She trained in the classical skills of sculpture at Goldsmith’s College and completed a post graduate qualification in casting.
She moved to Lavenham in 2009 and has her studios in trhe extensive old barns that are part of Lavenham Hall. Her Sculpture can be seen in the garden of the Hall and she is currently developing some of the stables to provide an ad hoc gallery space with a view of opening the garden and the exhibition space twice a year showing her work and those of a small number of other quality artists.
Figurative in style, her strongest interest is in taking the classical traditions and reinterpreting the subject’s form, creating images that go beyond mere representation and bring into the sculpture a sense of character and movement. To achieve this she works in different materials such as plaster or clay mixed with straw or pieces of wood, which are built up then carved back.
She has worked both on human and animal subjects. She has completed approximately a hundred private and public portrait commissions.
In April 2011 her life sized sculpture of a female Orangutan was installed as the centrepiece of the new visitor centre at the Durrell Conservation Trust in Jersey and her “Paladins of Charlemagne” were shown as a central piece at Cheltenham Racecourse as part of a major curated exhibition – “Fine Form: The Horse in Art” to commemorate 100 years of the Cheltenham Festival.