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
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).
Kathryn Capley with her equine companion Admiral.