Le Grice was born in Wales
in 1972. She obtained an honours degree in Philosophy, with a focus on
Aesthetics, from the University of Leeds in 1991, and a Masters degree in Museum
Studies from the University
of Leicester in 2004.
Since then she has worked as a full-time artist, dividing her time between Wales and California. She is currently based in the
San Francisco Bay Area.
primarily interested in the patterns and forms we see everyday, both in the
movements of the natural world, and in the landscapes, cityscapes, and
interiors in which we live. Her native South Wales
has provided the subject matter for much of her work, although she has
gathered inspiration from many places. Her unique style of highly patterned
cityscapes developed as a result of visits to New York
and Paris, and she has been inspired by the
landscape and light of Italy,
Spain and California. Her
painting also reflects her deep appreciation of the work of Matisse, Picasso
and Rouault. Kathryn has synthesized these influences into a number of
approaches to painting, often rich in pattern and colour. Over the past few
years, Kathryn has become interested in painting both interiors – her
studios, living spaces and hotel rooms – and also ‘patterned portraits’,
sometimes from life but often from her imagination, including the ‘Painted
Ladies’ project, comprising more than 60 larger-than-life-size portraits.
Kathryn has exhibited widely, participating
in solo shows as well as many joint and group shows both in the UK and the US. She has undertaken
commissions for Swansea
University and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg
University Health Board, which appear on the BBC ‘Your Paintings’ website. She has had her work selected for the ‘Welsh Artist of the Year’
exhibition and has had design work published by Paperchase.
In 2016, she was invited to produce a painting to form part of the Welsh
Collection for the international show Imago
Mundi and her work was selected for cover art for a forthcoming scholarly
volume on modern poetry. Her paintings are in many private collections throughout
Europe and the U.S.
and also in the collection of the National Library of Wales.