Katharine Asher’s adept line and brushwork have seen her become a leading fashion illustrator, while such skills also invite commissions from a very wide spectrum of subject areas and media. Katharine’s passion for drawing and painting evolved from a very early age, providing the perfect platform to enable her to become a commercial illustrator and artist. Exploring ideas through line, and playing with pigment is a daily pleasure, and ‘as necessary to my well being as breathing,’ she claims.
Outside of the studio, Katharine’s interests are musical – an avid dancer she also plays percussion on various instruments and performs regularly, a great antidote to the hours spent hunched over her desk.
While admiring the works of artists such as Keith Tyson, Paul Jenkins, Anish Kapoor and Rebecca Horn, Katharine enjoys retro design and the Art Deco movement in particular.
Having studied Illustration at Harrow College of Art, Katharine had been taking on commissions during her final term at university, enabling her to hit the ground running from the day she left.
In the years since, Katharine has never stopped working but also managed to acquire a BA Hons and an MA in Fine Art to add to her CV.
Katharine has a spontaneous and playful approach to a brief. She’ll use whatever media is best suited to the job at hand and loves to explore the magic of working in the moment.
Much of Katharine’s work relies on water based pigments and she often deploys a striking, graphical use of contrast in her compositions. Two of her favourite influences are Rene Gruau and Kathe Kollwitz, so it’s no surprise that fashion and portraiture make up two of the strongest streams within her portfolio.
Oil of Olay
Marks & Spencer
Kathy, I was drawn to the nuanced beauty of your lifework, the loose yet so dynamic and realistic way that you shade and add detail.
Lana Shahmoradian, Wieden + Kennedy NY
We fell in love with your illustrations. It has been great working with you.
Simone Pollak, Polydox
A toast to you! A pleasure to work with – creatively and professionally.
Janet Ries, Rockport
Wow lovely! So beautiful!!!! I am so impressed how beautiful your works are - they look stunning !!!!!
Thank you very very much for this!!
Misaki Yamashita, Vogue Japan
The work is incredible I’m very happy with it! I love your approach so much, so would you be able to do another one?
Sophie Davis, Abaler
Meeting you was just wonderful Kathy, and I loved learning more about you and how you get to such beautiful work.
We all massively appreciated your input and dedication to the show, you are a true professional, a low maintenance partner and a complete delight to work with - I can't thank you enough
Janet Reis, Rockport Group USA
Your work has gone down extremely well here!! And it was great working with you
Ben Turner - Art Buyer, The Financial Times
I think you've done a great job at fulfilling the brief. You've struck the balance between prescriptive and creative really nicely. Thanks again for all your hard work and fast turnaround.