Kate Downie was born in America of British parentage. She studied Fine Art at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen and has held artists' residencies in the USA and Europe. She has exhibited widely and has also taught and directed major art projects.
In 2010 Kate Downie travelled to Beijing and Shanghai to work with ink painting masters. She has since returned there several times and is slowly building a lasting relationship with Chinese culture.
This piece was purchased by the Art Collection in 2013 from Kate Downie's most recent body of work and can be seen in Pathfoot Gallery 2. The purchase was supported by the NFA.
The University Art Collection is organising a major exhibition of three artists (including Kate Downie) with links to China, opening on 20th September 2015.