Public Servants

In the Public Servants paintings, Kate captures transitory, fleeting events in which road workers employ strange, often quite archaic equipment to repair and maintain the urban environment – painting yellow lines, dismantling bus shelters, constructing kerbs, sandbagging against floods.

Kate explores the paradox of the invisible hi-vis, painting workers subjugated by their surroundings, their fluorescent clothes competing with equally vibrant surroundings, thus celebrating the untold, unnoticed work that produces the public realm.

The narrative of these street scenes is conveyed by strong compositions and painterly surfaces.

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