20th Century British Art

Kathleen Guthrie (1905 - 1981)

Kathleen Guthrie (1905-1981) studied at the Slade School under Henry Tonks, (1922-24) and at the Royal College of Art (1925).  At the Slade she met Robin Guthrie (1902-1971) whom she married in 1927.   In 1930 Robin Guthrie and Rodney Burn (1899-1984), a fellow student from the Slade, were invited, on the recommendation of Tonks, to go to America and become co-directors of the Boston School of Fine Art. This two year appointment allowed Kathleen to see the New England countryside, especially around Wilmington, Vermont, where they spent the summer vacations. In 1932 she had a solo show of figure paintings and landscapes at Boston’s Stace Home Gallery.  

From the 1930’s onwards Kathleen exhibited widely, especially at The New English Art Club and The Royal Academy.  Her work from this period, which consisted mostly of still lifes, landscapes and genre scenes, was painted in a whimsical figurative style.

In 1941, following the breakdown of her marriage to Robin Guthrie, Kathleen married Cecil Stephenson, a member of the group of constructivist artists led by Ben Nicholson.  From this point on her work moved increasingly towards abstraction. In the 1960’s she embarked on her Camelot Series, bold, hard-edged compositions of contrasting forms arranged as pure fields of colour.  These formed the main body of work exhibited in 1963 at the New End Gallery and her retrospective at the Drian Galleries in 1966.  

In the mid 1960's Kathleen was introduced to silk screen printing and become one the most accomplished practitioners of her generation.  The main body of these works were inspired by paintings from her Camelot series and Stephenson’s iconic images including  Egg Tempera 1936 and Egg Tempera 1937.

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One man shows:
1932 Grace Horne Gallery, Boston, USA 1947 Little Gallery, Piccadilly, London 1951 Kalman Gallery, Manchester
1963 New End Gallery, Hampstead, London 1966 Drian Gallery, London 1968 The Art Gallery, Brighton
1968/69 Trentham Gallery, Emsworth, Hampshire 1970 Forge Gallery, Cookham, Middlesex
1972 Erica Bourne Gallery, Golders Green, London 1974 Camden Arts Centre, Finchley, London 1977 Coach House Gallery, Guernsey 1977 Centaur Gallery, Highgate, London

Group shows (WIAC, Free Painters, Hampstead Artists Council, London Group, etc.), at: King Street Gallery, Cambridge
AIA Gallery, London
New Vision Centre, London
FBA Gallery, Suffolk Street, London (WIAC & FP)
Gallery Greuze, Paris, France
Pittsburgh, USA
Galleria Numero, Florence (WIAC)

Mixed shows, at:
London Galleries: Goupil Gallery, Royal Academy, National Gallery (war pictures official purchase), London Group, Redfern Gallery, Leicester Galleries, Gimpel Fils, Whitechapel Art Gallery (Guggenheim Award Exhibition), Drian Gallery
Others: Galerie Hervé, Paris; Leicestershire County Hall

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Artist Kathleen Guthrie: Verticals

Kathleen Guthrie
Artist Kathleen Guthrie: Composition in blue, pink, red and crayon (Dazzle)

Kathleen Guthrie
Composition in blue
Artist Kathleen Guthrie: Red Centre Blue, circa 1969

Kathleen Guthrie
Red Centre Blue, circa 1969
Artist Kathleen Guthrie: Blue III, mid 1960s

Kathleen Guthrie
Blue III, mid 1960's
Artist Kathleen Guthrie: Expansion 1960

Kathleen Guthrie
Expansion 1960
Artist Kathleen Guthrie: Red Crop, circa 1960

Kathleen Guthrie
Red Crop, circa 1960
Artist Kathleen Guthrie: Fom a painting by Cecil Stephenson 1938, circa 1960

Kathleen Guthrie
Fom a painting by Cecil Stephenson 1938
Artist Kathleen Guthrie: Uprights (unititled), mid 1960s

Kathleen Guthrie
Uprights (unititled), mid 1960's
Artist Kathleen Guthrie: Original design for white red and blue circles in square, collage, circa 1940

Kathleen Guthrie
Original design for white red and...
Artist Kathleen Guthrie: Original design for 5 squares, late 1960s

Kathleen Guthrie
Original design for 5 squares
Artist Kathleen Guthrie: Poppies with blow paint

Kathleen Guthrie
Poppies with blow paint
Artist Kathleen Guthrie: Original collage design Camelot 2

Kathleen Guthrie
Original collage design Camelot 2
Artist Kathleen Guthrie: From a tempera painting by John Cecil Stephenson 1937

Kathleen Guthrie
From a tempera painting by John...
Artist Kathleen Guthrie: Magenta III

Kathleen Guthrie
Magenta III
Artist Kathleen Guthrie: Blue Green Upright, circa 1970

Kathleen Guthrie
Blue Green Upright, circa 1970
Artist Kathleen Guthrie: Camelot 2, circa 1974

Kathleen Guthrie
Camelot 2, circa 1974
Artist Kathleen Guthrie: Lancing College, circa 1936

Kathleen Guthrie
Lancing College, circa 1936