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Artists in Residence

We unveil the artists behind The Heritage Collection at Parkgate House

KIM McCARTY

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 LA based artist Kim McCarty began working with watercolour following a fire at her home in 1993. Unable to continue with oil paint due to insufficient ventilation, she quickly began experimenting with watercolour. 

Her muted palette and ethereal pieces are a result of her wet-on-wet technique where watercolour is added to a moistened sheet of paper. The pigment’s tendency to spread provides a short window of time to complete each artwork. This technique corresponds to Kim’s exploration of longing, loss and vulnerability portrayed in each of her pieces. Usually featuring nubile and waif like figures, she likens to “ blurry afterimages drifting past closed eyelids”.

Notable Solo Exhibitions:

  • Morgan Lehamn Gallery, New York
  • Briggs Robinson, New York
  • David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI

Group Exhibitions:

  • ‘Sex Sells’, Show Studio; London
  • ‘Eve’, Subliminal Projects; LA
  • ‘LA emerging Artists, Dominique Fiat Gallery; LA

Museums:

  • Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
  • UCLA, Hammer Museum
  • Honolulu Academy of Art 

FIONA GOURLAY

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London based illustrator, Fiona Gourlay is relatively new to the art scene. Graduating as part of the 2014 class at London’s College of Fashion, she has quickly emerged as one of the city’s newest talents.

Her first break came during an internship at the revered ShowStudio Gallery. Whilst assisting their move from Mayfair to Belgravia, fashion photographer Nick Knight spied Fiona scratching designs into a plastic sheet. Based on this, Knight chose to commission the artist to produce fashion illustrations for Milan’s 2013, Autumn/Winter shows, covering designers from Dolce & Gabanna to Versace. The resulting success lead to the V&A Museum inviting Fiona to contribute to their April exhibition of Italian Fashion. 

Fiona draws upon personal experiences to provide depth and substance to her drawings, as opposed to what she describes as creating artworks from a template. The works for Parkgate were composed as triptychs that narrate a feeling and impression of emotion across them.  Soft in their palate, but bold in their expression the drawings are balanced portraits of feeling.

DAVID SIMS

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David Sims is a  world-renowned British fashion photographer. He began his photographic career by assisting Robert Erdmann and Norman Watson, before joining the photographer’s agency, M.A.P. 

His work which features stark modernism, plain backdrops and graphic posing, caught the eye of Clavin Klein in 1993. At the time, Klein was sought a more modern aesthetic for his minimalist designs and chose Sims to shoot his Calvin Klein and CK campaigns featuring Kate Moss. 

The following year, Sims’ reputation was cemented when he was hired by the similarly minimalist, Yohi Yamamoto. The resulting success saw Sims named ‘Photographer of the Year’ at the International Festival of Photography, beating Mario Testino, Craig McDean, Steven Meisel, Juergen Teller and David La Chapelle. That same year he would shoot his first cover, for i-D, again featuring Kate Moss.

Selected Exhibitions:

  • ‘Yohji Yamamoto: May I help you’, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2003
  • ‘Chick Clicks – Modefotografie zwischen Kunts and Aufrag’, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, 2003
  • ‘Archaeology of Elegance’ Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, 2002 
  • Solo exhibition, Zwemmer Gallery, London.

Photography Clients: 

W magazine, American Vogue, The Face, i-D, L’Uomo Vogue, Arena Homme Plus, Vogue Homme International and French Vogue.

Advertising Clients: 

Helmut Lang, Yohji Yamamoto, Jil Sander, Calvin Klein, Chloe, Nike, Valentino, Dior and Prada.

Museums:

Tate Modern and the Victoria & Albert museum.

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