Kate Lycett lives and works in Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire and is making a name for herself across the Calder Valley and beyond. At the Harrison Lord Gallery we always keep in stock her latest limited edition prints. Hand finished with gold thread they are full of colour and display many layers of exquisite detail. They depict popular local scenes, particularly the Calder Valley and Hebden Bridge.
Kate has a textile design background and this is always present in the way that she paints “I see patterns in everything; the hills adorned with houses and washing lines, rows of flower pots and stripes of brightly painted drain pipes. Lines of gold thread trace lines through the landscape, and gold leaf changes the surface of my pictures with the changing light of day. I want to paint beautiful pictures of the places that I love. There are never people in my pictures but they’re full of life and warmth.”
Hebden Bridge is her home. “I love the warmth, the colour and the community of where I live. I love that almost everyone I meet in the street can do or make something beautiful. It inspires much of my work and the longer I am here, the more I learn about the town, and so my work develops. There is such history here. I hear stories from the people who remember the town when it was black and industrial and those who remember the hedonistic hippy days. The house I live in has seen it all, and we’re uncovering it’s histories as we pull up the floors and strip the walls.”