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About me

I like to stitch my drawings with a needle and thread. I think it is the repetitive act of threading the needle, knotting the thread, piecing the surface, back and forth, in and out, and in and out, and over and over again. I stitch patterns that allude to a space that exists in 3 dimensions yet sit firmly within 2. My work is informed by geometry, optical illusion and the love of science fiction.

Katherine Claypole a full-time artist based in Whanganui, graduated from Unitec Institute of Technology School of Design, 1998, with a Bachelor of Visual Communication in painting and attained a Masters of Fine Art form the University of Canterbury School of Fine Art (ILAM), 2000,  Since then she has exhibited nationally and internationally and her work is held in both private and public collections.


Lounge Suite. 2023. Suite Gallery, Wellington

Pareidolia, 2022, Suite Gallery, Wellington

From Her Perspective, 2017 Zimmerman Gallery, Palmerston North

Full Circle, 2017 The Rabbit Room, Napier

Pattern Recognition, 2016 Space Gallery, Whanganui

Portrait of a Lady, 2006, NorthArt Gallery, Auckland

20/20 Vision,     Kiosk, Christchurch ,

Eyepieces, 2006 M.F.A. Masters Thesis Exhibition. University of Canterbury School of Fine Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand

Shiver, 2006 High Street Project Gallery, Christchurch,

Lightshaft, 2006 High Street Project Gallery, Christchurch                     



23. 2023 Space Gallery, Whanganui

Shared Lines,2022 Space Gallery,Whanganui

Group Collage Exhibition, 2022, Suite Gallery, Auckland

Colle, 2022, Brown Art School Gallery

Whanganui Patillo Art Award Exhibition 2021 Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui

Love Lies Bleeding, Space Gallery, Whanganui 2021

The Nature of Things, Space Gallery, Whanganui 2020

Girls, Girls, Girls, Not to be Overlooked 2020, A Gallery, Whanganui

Alpbabet Soup 2020 A Gallery, Whanganui

Whanganui Patillo Art Award Exhibition 2020 Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui

Drawn to the Net 2019 Bayerischer Kunstgewerbeverein e.V. Munich, Germany

Heads Road 2019 Rayner Brothers Gallery, Whanganui

Recently 2019 Space Gallery, Whanganui

Into the Blue 2019, Space Gallery, Whanganui

Blossom 2019 Zimmerman gallery, Palmerston North

The Collaboration Spring Show 2019, Taranaki

NZ Art Show, 2019 Wellington

80 Million Years of Separation 2018 Space Gallery, Whanganui

Blue  2018 Rayner Brothers Gallery, Whanganui

Tightrope 2017, Brown School of Art, Auckland

Elephant in the Room 2017 Rayner Brothers Gallery, Whanganui

Matchbox 2017 Orphic Egg Gallery, Bay View, Hawkes Bay

Ikebana – group show 2017 with Jodi Clark and Jo Giddens, Space Gallery, Whanganui

Whanganui River Print 2017 Ucol Gallery, Whanganui

An Artists Response 2017 Space Gallery, Whanganui

One Hit Wonders 2016 Space Gallery, Whanganui

Plate-O 2016 Rayner Brothers Gallery, Whanganui

Holding it Together 2016 Percy Thomspon Gallery, Statford

Skullicious 2015  Rayner Brothers Gallery, Whanganui

Holding it Together  2015 Space Gallery, Whanganui

Hunger Games 2015 Snails Gallery, Palmerston North

Dressing Up 2015 Gallery on Guyton, Whanganui

Ladies Choice 2014 The Rayner Brothers Gallery, Whanganui

Conversations in the Park 2014, Space Gallery, Whanganui

Space Invaders 2014, Space Gallery, Whanganui

La Fiesta 2014 Guyton Street Gallery, Whanganui         

Spoon to Windfall 2014 Edith Gallery, 24 Taupo Quay, Whanganui,

I'm Drawn To... 2012 Community Arts Centre, Whanganui          

One Will 2012Ucol creative Faculty Exhibition, Edith Gallery, Whanganui           

Reading Rooms – The house of fallen women Green Bench Gallery Whanganui

Free Parking, Pay and Display 2010 Open Studios, Guyton Street, Whanagnui

Back to School Special 2010 Federal Gallery, Whanagnui Ucol, Whanganui

The House That Jack Built  2010 Tauranga Art Gallery                                       

Paperwērk 2008 With Sophie Klerk, Greenbench Gallery, Whanganui

First Home Buyers 2007 Art Station Gallery, Ponsonby, Auckland

Smith Carey Art Review 2006 Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui

National Drawing Award  Artspace, Auckland, Physics Room, Christchurch

Bloom 2005 North Art, Auckland

Cameo 2004 Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch

Lokaltermin 2004 House der Kunststifting Baden-Wurttemberg, Stuttgart, Germany

100 x 100x100 exhibition 2003  Mcphearson Gallery, Auckland

For 2002 ASA Gallery, Auckland

Dreamseriessixhundred  2000 Post Graduate show, C.O.C.A .Gallery  Christchurch,      

The Paper Show  2000 Blue Oyster Gallery , Dunedin               

The Otira Project  1999 Otira, Arthurs Pass, South Island                      

Intimate structures: sequential forms  High Street Project Gallery, chch

The Adelaide Sister Cities Show  Yongondi Atrium Gallery, University of South Australia, Adelaide, High Street Project Gallery, Christchurch



Selected FinalistParkin Drawing Award 2022 Fine Arts Academy Wellington

Taransaki Art Award, Fibre Art 2019

Selected Finalist Parkin Drawing Award  2018 Fine Arts Academy, Wellington

Selected finalist Parkin Drawing Award 2017 Fine Arts Gallery, Wellington

Smith-Carey Art Award – Winner, 2011 Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui

Ethol Rose Overton Scholarship, University of Canterbury 1999

Unitec Trust Student Award, Unitec institute of Technology, 1995



Art Travel – Combining a passion for Art and Travel, Issue 1 published by Glen Armstrong May

Blue Oyster 10th anniversary publication

First Home Buyers Radio Interview with Jim Mora National Radio New Zealand                

Dreamworks, Education Review, 10 March
Dream Series Six Hundred, Catalogue, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. (ISBN 0–9597870–7–0)
Otira Project Outline



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