b. 1958, Dublin. Lives in London UK
Kathy Prendergast was educated in NCAD, Dublin and RCA London. An artist of quiet but immense sophistication Prendergast's work has persistently revolved around a potent cluster of issues chief among which are sexuality, identity, landscape, mapping and power. She came to widespread attention for her monumental project City Drawings, for which she won the Best Young Artist Award at the Venice Biennale 1995.
With obsessive attention to detail, Prendergast often transforms our notion of the everyday using objects that already have a history: family clothes and photographs, generic maps or collected items such as stones and jam jars. Her Black Map Series appears to convey magical views of a night sky, where towns and cities become complicated constellations of planets and stars. Meanwhile in LOST, a computer generated map of North America, all place names are deleted apart from the place names which contain the work ‘lost’.
Prendergast has exhibited widely in various venues. Solo exhibitions include the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2016, 2006, 2003, 1990); 12 Star Gallery, London (2016); Crawford Art Gallery, Cork (2015); the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2000) and Tate Britain (1997). Group exhibitions and biennales have included the Venice Biennale (1995); Sydney Biennale (2004 and 2002) and Paris Biennale (1987); Tate Britain (2012); Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (2008); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2008, 2004, 2001, 1994, 1991); Turner Contemporary, Margate (2008); Shanghai Art Museum (2004); Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2004); the ICA, Boston (2000); the British Art Show 5 (2000) and the Drawing Center, New York (1997).
She is represented in the collections of the Tate Gallery, London, the British Government Collection, the Arts Council of Great Britain and the Arts Council of Ireland, the Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, New York, the Santa Barbara University Museum, the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville,Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and numerous private collections in Ireland, Great Britain, Europe and the USA.