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Kathryn Capley

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Kathryn Capley.

Sculptor Kathryn Capley makes metal sculpture that is refreshingly contemporary and alive, yet maintains the aesthetic and correctness of traditional equine/figurative sculpture. The animation of the line that describes the volume of the figure creates a circumstance of extreme animation. Viewing Kathryn's work is similar to watching a ballet or sporting event. One becomes empathetically engaged by the power, energy, and expression that is depicted.

Kathryn's reputation is primarily as an equine artist, but any figure may be rendered, including the human figure. Each sculpture that Kathryn makes is a hand-rendered work in metal. She uses very few tools: pliers, channel lock, bolt cutters and hammer, and of course, her hands. The making of this sculpture is very physically demanding. But the result is terrifically animated and "alive" art.

Kathryn received her BFA with honors from Illinois State University. Her life, however, has always been horse centered. Indeed, Kathryn began making images of horses before she could read or write. She was given her first horse one month before she was born. She does not remember learning to ride. Her father is an equine veterinarian. Her mother grew up successfully showing hunters and jumpers and, as an adult, training harness racehorses. Kathryn competes her 3/4 thoroughbred, 1/4 percheron in dressage. She has trained him to 3rd level, taught him to pull a cart, and they also enjoy playing ball.

The scale of Kathryn's work ranges from table top to lifesize and is suitable for indoor or outdoor installation. Images of her work have appeared on seven magazine covers, including three times on the "Chronicle of the Horse" magazine. Her sculpture has been shown across the country and is in several corporate and private collections, including the permanent collection of the American Academy of Equine Art (Lexington, KY).

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Sculptor Kathryn Capley with her equine companion Admiral.


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Lifesize Suspended Figures:

equus caballus x 3 polo pony heavenly canter

Lifesize Freestanding Figures:

grazing and meggitt's foal fox and walk watch reclining
anna's colt standing foal reclining foal bison cow  and calf - prairie continuum
at pasture jack russell sitting terrier standing terrier
reclining terrier foxhound italian greyhound sadie-fenrus
a little dog laughs ursula great dane old tom
raffle cat rabbit duck

Large and Medium Scale Figures:

giraffe en plein air copper jumper percheron

Small Equestrian Figures:

jumper showstopper puissance buck
canter piaffe collected trot arabian
on guard play small draft saddlebred
pole pull waiting fly small canter
perazzi classical percheron 2008 small trot
courbette sporthorse collected trot 2006 mule
gallop clear grand prix polo pony and player
kelso two thoroughbreds with jockeys two thoroughbreds
homestretch cart and pony play 2008

Other Small Figures:

sit working hound two hounds four small hounds and a fox
fox angus sheep in a corner blue bird in a glass and cement nest
dragon dragon 2008 small elephant elephant
hippo large mouth bass

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