Katy Simpson completed an honours degree in French & English at the Ateliers des Beaux Arts Paris before returning to Ireland and attending the Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design and the National College of Art and Design.
Katy’s first major show was in 1998, where her depictions of shadowy, mysteriously and largely unpopulated interiors garnered her public attention. Her paintings are typically done on separate panels and assembled to make polyptychs, creating provoking juxtapositions of colour, objects and scenery.
“In the paintings of Katy Simpson the understanding of collaboration as a process of recorded reality through association, memories, and recall is central to her practice. The panels are emotive scales which articulate the timbre of a moment in time and place. What is a real representation in the context of painting ?” - Ciaran Bennett
Her first show won her two NCAD first prizes, for painting and for accompanying thesis. It was followed with solo-exhibitions at the Brend Peterson Gallery in Los Angeles and another here at the Oisín Gallery in 1999, and also participated at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 2002 and 2005. A monumental polyptych entitled Still Time was exhibited at the International Convention of Curators and Collectors and she has also received the Microsoft Award for painting.