Kate Esplen

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Kate Esplen




A lifelong love of creating art and of horses informs the paintings, sculpture and jewelry of Meaford area artist Kate Esplen. Since her very first solo show, "Horses as Humans", Kate has been using the form of the horse as a metaphor and symbol of the human condition. Large expressionistic paintings with loose brush strokes, using line and mark to express motion and emotion, small three dimensional “line drawings” in gold and sterling jewelry or  large sculptures in copper, porcelain and natural materials all evoke the emotional physicality of the horse.

Kate was born Catherine Van Toch in Montreal, Canada. She studied at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts under Group Of Seven member Arthur Lismer, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Sir George Williams University (now Concordia), worked in the interior design and graphic design fields, and established Van Toch Designs Limited. The firm served national and international clients and over a period of fifteen years won numerous awards for art and design, including the prestigious Toronto Art Directors Club awards and Canadian Direct Marketing awards.

Solo and two person collaborative shows in Canada, the USA and Costa Rica include LEMA Museum of Art, Florida Museum of Art, Ormond Memorial Art Museum, Lexington Library Gallery, Wolfe Gallery, and many group shows.

Kate’s work is available online at www.kateesplenart.ca or horseartkate.com, through the following galleries and boutiques in the Georgian Bay Areas; The Art Bank Collective, Matilda Swanson Gallery, Red Scarf, and the The Diamond Studio.