WHY ART / HOW IT STARTED
Katinka’s great grandfather, G L Stampa, was a notorious illustrator and cartoonist whose contributions to Punch Magazine from 1894 became incredibly well known across the UK. Having grown up surrounded by his original drawings and artworks, she was inspired by her great grandfather and aspired to build her own career in art.
Branching into photography at 16, Katinka was able to find and capture the beauty in everyday objects and nature around her. Going on to study it at university, she majored in the human form and worked predominantly for the three years in film. Meanwhile teaching herself painting, soon after she left education she was offered her first mural job and has been a successful freelance artist since.
Graduating from university in 2015 with a BA Hons in Contemporary Photography, Katinka now divides her time between London and the South West as a freelance artist. Offered her first mural job in 2015, she has since gone on to produce a number of indoor and outdoor paintings and is fast becoming known for her work. Producing high quality and professional works in a range of styles to suit her clients.
In 2018 Katinka turned her attention towards restoring and hand painting furniture. Hailed for her attitude towards up cycling, she focuses on repurposing second hand wooden furniture and is become widely known, with many pieces in private homes across the UK. Since meeting her first overseas client, the artist has had a selection of her work sold and sent overseas to countries including Australia, Singapore and Thailand.
Katinka is also currently working as a freelance muralist for a creative arts atelier in London, Benjamin Raymond, specialising in decorative designs and hand painted wall coverings. The team work with interior designers, architects and private individuals worldwide.
'Everyone has to start somewhere and for me it was painting still lives of fruit! Cezanne and Balthasar van der Ast were two of many inspirational artists I studied at school, admiring the artist's ability to paint with such realism, detail and skill is something I continue to admire and replicate in my work today.'
'Having grown up and been educated in the country, I have been fascinated with all manner of flora and fauna and as I began experimenting with art the countryside and nature became a huge inspiration and an integral part of my work. Often working from life when I can and painting delicate insects and landscapes, I have a huge found respect and love of nature and my surroundings. Wanting to protect, care and conserve the beautiful areas we live in I have recently been also focusing on sustainably sourcing vintage and second-hand furniture, repurposing the unloved furniture destined for landfill and turning them into works of art.'
2022 ‘Dorset Arts Weeks’ Halstock, Dorset
2018 'Young Artists' Exhibition' Guggleton Arts Project, Dorset
2018 'Dorset Art Week' Beaminster, Dorset
2018 ‘The Royal Bath & West Show’ Dorset
2017 ‘Young Artists’ Exhibition’ Guggleton Arts Project, Dorset
2017 ‘North Perrott Art Exhibition’ North Perrott, Somerset
2017 ‘The Royal Bath & West Show’ Dorset
2017 ‘LANDSCAPE, RURAL vs URBAN’ Brick Lane Gallery, Shorditch
2016 ‘North Perrott Art Exhibition’ North Perrott, Somerset
2016 ‘Private Auction’ Powerstock, Dorset
2016 ‘Monmouthshire Talent Exhibition’ Skenfrith, Monmouthshire
2015 ‘Private Auction’ Newcastle upon Tyne
2015 ’12 - 15 Degree Show’ Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne
2014 ‘Collision’ Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne
2013 ‘Gregynog’, Newport University, South Wales
2017 Highly Commended at the 'Young Artists' Exhibition' Guggleton Arts Gallery