Katherine Gili was born in Oxford in 1948; graduated from Bath Academy of Art in the late sixties and then studied on the Advanced Sculpture Course at St Martin’s School of Art. She subsequently taught at a number of art schools; most notably St Martin’s 1975-84 and Norwich 1972-85. Her sculpture was exhibited for the first time at the Museum of Modern Art Oxford in 1973. Gili’s career is marked by solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery, London in 1977 and the Salander O’Reilly Gallery, New York 1981and numerous contributions to mixed shows.
Katherine Gili’s work has appeared in seminal surveys of sculpture in Britain including the Condition of Sculpture at the Hayward Gallery in 1975, A Silver Jubilee Exhibition of Contemporary British Sculpture at Battersea Park in 1977, British Abstract Art; Sculpture, 1995 and British Figurative Art; Sculpture in 1998 both at Flowers East Gallery in London. Major group shows include the annual Stockwell Depot Exhibitions from 1974 to 79, The Hayward Annual in 1979, Sculpture from Stockwell Depot at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts Norwich 1982, Have You Seen Sculpture from the Body? Tate Gallery in 1984, and Escultura Nueva Reino Unido, Conde Duque; Madrid 1988. More recently Gili’s work appeared in Steel, Canary Wharf; London 2006 as well as The Royal Academy Summer Shows of 1996, 1997 and 2009.
Currently works are on show at sculpture parks such as Ironbridge Open Air Museum of Steel Sculpture Coalbrookedale and Pride of the Valley Sculpture Park in Surrey. Previously work had been shown at Gracefields Arts Centre Dumfries and Galloway and the New Art Centre at Roche Court Wiltshire. Gili’s sculpture has been collected by the Arts Council of Great Britain and exhibited several times by them. Lord Foster selected one of her pieces to stand alongside the Cranfield University Institute of Technology Library which was designed by Foster Associates in 1992.
Katherine Gili’s work is also represented in several other public and corporate collections in the UK and abroad. Among these are; the City of Lugano, Switzerland; the Cartwright Hall Museum; Bradford and the General Electric Corporation USA. Her sculptures can also be found in private collections in Britain, Spain and the USA.