"Surrounded by nature and by many horses, dogs, and cats, it is no surprise that animals have become the main theme in my work. My passion for nature and animals as a young girl has persisted throughout my life and developed naturally into a source of inspiration and direction for me as an artist."
Kathinka Gunn attended the Royal Academy of Fine Art in Hertogenbosch. Her body of work includes drawings and paintings as well as sculptural creations; from mantelpiece size sculptures to large iron, aluminum and bronze castings. She is perhaps best known for her animal art and the varied and unusual use of materials, such as iron, wire, lead, aluminum, fresh cut branches, polyester, rubber… Form, posture, movement and the skin type of the animal that she wants to shape, determine the choice of materials. A good knowledge of anatomy and the general character of the animal to be portrayed is essential and is always the basis for any sculpture. Her work is powerful, ingenious and often spiked with humor. Her individual expressive style has been described as “absurd-realism.”
Creations by Kathinka Gunn have been awarded many times and can be found in museums and private collections in both Europe and the United States. The artist was born in the Netherlands and today lives in France.
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