THE Malthouse Gallery at the Town Mill in Lyme Regis will host ‘Diana and Actaeon’, a unique and engaging collection of paintings by Devon-based artist Kate Westbrook that has been specially curated for the gallery by The Art Room’s Deborah Wood.
Inspired by Roman poet Ovid’s account of the myth and Thomas Gainsborough’s study of the subject, Kate has placed the classical tragedy of hunter Actaeon’s encounter with the goddess Diana in the atmospheric landscape of Dartmoor.
Her series of detailed and intricate oil paintings describe the meeting between the hunter and goddess who, enraged that a mortal has seen her bathing naked, splashes water upon him, thus transforming him into a deer that is killed by his own dogs.
Having trained at Bath Academy of Art and Reading University, Kate had her first solo exhibition at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in the USA, where she lived for a number of years. Since returning to the UK, she has exhibited regularly and gained a significant reputation both as a painter and as a singer and songwriter in her partner Mike Westbrook’s Big Band.