Cathie Pilkington is an artist whose work engages passionately and critically with the canonical history of figurative sculpture.
Pilkington studied at Edinburgh College of Art (1985–91) and the Royal College of Art (1995–97). In 2014 she was elected a Royal Academician and was awarded the Sunny Dupree Family Award for her work Reclining Doll. In 2016 she became Professor of Sculpture and in 2020 she was elected Keeper at the Royal Academy Schools.
Selected solo exhibitions include: The Value of the Paw, V&A Museum of Childhood, 2012; Life Room: Anatomy of a Doll, Royal Academy Schools Life Room, 2017; The Life Rooms, Brighton Festival 2017; Doll for Petra, Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, 2017; Dorich House Museum studio residency 2018; Working from Home, Pallant House Gallery, 2018–19; The Covering, Room 2 at Karsten Schubert London, 2020.
Her work is held in the collections of Pallant House Gallery, Chichester; DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens; Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester; The Hunterian, Glasgow; Omer Koc Collection and the David Roberts Art Foundation.
Cathie PilkingtonHerself, 2019Oil paint, resin, bronze47 x 20 x 15 cm | 18 1/2 x 7 7/8 x 5 7/8 in
Cathie PilkingtonMessenger, 2019Oil paint and resin on modelling stand152 x 70 x 70 cm | 59 7/8 x 27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in
Cathie PilkingtonSoft Forms 1, 2019Archival digital print on Hahnemuhle German Etching paper56 x 49 cm | 22 x 19 in
Cathie PilkingtonLovely Eyes, 2018Jesmonite and oil paint15 x 15 cm | 5 7/8 x 5 7/8 in
Cathie PilkingtonPieta 1: Playing Dead, 2018Oil paint on jesmonite, fabric, wood, steel160 x 60 x 60 cm | 63 x 23 5/8 x 23 5/8 in
Cathie PilkingtonPieta 2: Strange Coast, 2018Oil paint on jesmonite140 x 50 x 50 cm | 55 1/8 x 19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in