Katherine Gili is a British sculptor. Born in Oxford in 1948, is the daughter of Catalan publisher and translator Joan Gili and sister of the film-maker Jonathan Gili. She graduated from Bath Academy of Art in 1970 and then studied for two years at St Martin's School of Art. Gili subsequently taught at a number of art schools; most notably St Martin's and Norwich between 1972 and 1985.
Her sculpture was exhibited for the first time in 1973 and well over a hundred times since. Gili's career is marked by solo shows in London and New York and by contributions to seminal survey exhibitions at major venues such as the Hayward Gallery. In recent years she has regularly shown in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions and notably in 2013 her sculpture "Ripoll" won the Sculpture Prize.
Katherine Gili's work is represented in the Arts Council Collection, Tate and other public and corporate collections in the UK, Switzerland and the USA. 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.
- Summer Exhibition 2, Selected by Tim Hilton. Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, 1977
- Salander O’Reilly Gallery, New York 1981
- Katherine Gili – A Career Survey; Poussin Gallery 2011
- Artist of the Day, chosen by Jennifer Durrant, Flowers Gallery, London 2014
- Looking for the Physical, Sculpture and Drawings by Katherine Gili, Felix & Spear, London, 2016
- Discovered in the Making, Katherine Gili Sculpture, Felix & Spear, London, 2018
- Sparks Fly, Katherine Gili Sculpture 1974 to 2018, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, 2019
Selected mixed exhibitions
- The Condition of Sculpture; Hayward Gallery, an international exhibition selected by William Tucker, 1975
- Silver Jubilee Exhibition of Contemporary British Sculpture; Battersea Park 1977
- Annual Stockwell Depot Exhibitions of Painting and Sculpture; 1974–79
- Hayward Annual; 1979
- Have You Seen Sculpture from the Body? Tate Gallery 1984
- Escultura Nueva Reino Unido; Centro Cultural del Conde Duque, Madrid 1988
- Moving Into View: a major display of the Arts Council Collection; South Bank Centre selected by William Packer, 1993
- British Abstract Art, Part 2, Sculpture; Flowers East Gallery, London 1995
- British Figurative Art, Part 2, Sculpture; Flowers East Gallery, London. 1998
- Steel; Canary Wharf, London. 2006
- The Royal Academy Summer Shows 1996, 1997, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
- Elephant Trust 1994
- Elected Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors 1999
- Jack Goldhill Award for Sculpture, Royal Academy 2013
Selected Public Collections
- Arts Council Collection
- University of Leicester
- City of Lugano Switzerland
- Cartwright Hall, Bradford
- General Electric Corporation, USA
- Henry Moore Institute
The Leo and Eileen Herzel Collection USA
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- "Poussin Gallery".
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- "Events | Botanic Garden and Attenborough Arboretum | University of Leicester".
- "Katherine Gili born 1948".
- Katherine Gili, Looking for the Physical, published by Felix & Spear Gallery, ISBN 978-1-36-621744-8
- Katherine Gili, a career survey, published by Poussin Gallery, ISBN 978-1-906350-19-2
- A Free Hand, An exhibition chosen by William Packer from painting and sculpture recently acquired by the Arts Council of Great Britain, 1978, (illus) ISBN 0-7287-0155-3
- Stockwell Depot 1967–79 by Sam Cornish, published by Ridinghouse, London, 2015, ISBN 978-1-909932-05-0
- Forja by José Antonio Ares, published by Parramon, 2007 (illus). ISBN 978-84-342-3205-1
- La Sculpture en Acier by Philippe Clérin, published by Dessain et Tolra, Paris, 1994 (illus). ISBN 978-2249279416
- Portrait of the Artist: 25 Years of British Art by Jorge Lewinski, published by Carcanet, 1987, Katherine Gili, pp70–71 (illus). ISBN 0-85635-722-7
- Interesting Times by Tom Flynn, catalogue for the annual Sculpture in the Garden exhibition, University of Leicester, 2012 (illus)
- Fe2O5, introduction by Ann Elliott, Myles Meehan Gallery, 2005 (illus). OCLC 238896507
- British Figurative Art Part Two: Sculpture, introduction by Norbert Lynton, photography by Adrian Flowers, Flowers East Gallery, 1998 (illus). ISBN 1-873362-83-8 (paper)
- British Abstract Art Part 2: Sculpture, introduction by Bryan Robertson, Flowers East Gallery, 1995 (illus) ISBN 1-873362-45-5
- A Conversation with Isabel Langtry catalogue for Escultura Nueva Reino Unido, Centro Cultural del Conde Duque, pp47–63, 1988 (illus). ISBN 84-7812-019-X
- Have You Seen Sculpture from the Body? by Vivien Knight, introduction, Tate Gallery, pp8–21, 1984 (illus) ISBN 0-946590-13-3
- Sculpture from Stockwell Depot at the Sainsbury Centre by James Faure-Walker, Artscribe No 35 pp8–21, June 1982 (illus) ISSN 0954-4178, OCLC 471632626
- Sculpture from Stockwell Depot John Foster, Katherine Gili, Peter Hide, Anthony Smart: Katherine Gili and Anthony Smart by Alan Gouk, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, 1982 (illus) ISBN 0-946009-02-3
- Constructed Sculpture by Brendon Prendeville, catalogue for British Sculpture in the Twentieth Century at Whitechapel Gallery, 1981 pp209–221, (illus) ISBN 0-85488-054-2
- Five Interviews: Katherine Gili with David Robson, (catalogue for the Hayward Annual 1979), Hayward Gallery, 1979, pp116–117, 124–125,(illus) ISBN 0-7287-0206-1
- The Condition of Sculpture Hayward Gallery, introduction by William Tucker, 1975 (illus pp26–27) ISBN 0-7287-0054-9
- Arts Council Collection (1942–78) (illus p 105) ISBN 0-7287-0212-6
- Arts Council Collections 1979–83 (illus p 45) ISBN 0-7287-0412-9