Catherine Ingleby is one of the foremost sporting artists in the UK, annually represented in exhibitions worldwide, with works in many notable private collections, including that of HM the Queen, and several prominent racing stables.

Catherine is consistently picked to show in prestigious juried exhibitions, and is proud to be a partner artist to the David Shepherd Wildlife Trust,  she is passionate about wildlife conservation, regularly donating artworks to help raise funds.

Catherine spent several years training as an artist in Paris and Florence accumulating a solid basis of draughtsmanship on which to base her now instantly recognisable style of dramatic light and movement. She now works full time in her studio in Berkshire, with a plethora of pets that both aid and abet her. She is known for her contemporary take on traditional subjects, and her ability to capture the fleeting sense of movement in her work.

Catherine undertakes a limited amount of commissions a year, some are formal portraits, others action paintings of sports horses or dogs. Please contact her directly to discuss the commission process.

Recent profiles and interviews

Making a Mark – Professional Artist Profiles #1 Catherine Ingleby

Talented Ladies Club  – Interview with Catherine Ingleby

BBC Radio Interview 

Artist’s Statement

I love to paint animals, always have, and feel very privileged that I now make my living from doing so. In my current phase of work, I aim to explore the movement of animals and develop a distinctive use of colour and brushwork.

There is a very simple joy in the observation of animals, in their uncomplicated joy of small things, or their unconscious beauty. I aim to explore this in my work, from the light-hearted pieces of jumping dogs to the more traditional works portraying the majesty of the big cats.

Catherine aged five – all I did was draw.  We lived on a boat and sailed from Aberdeen to New Zealand.

I try in my art, to lift the viewer’s heart a little, and I hope to make work that is accessible to all and to bridge the gap between traditional and contemporary.  I am obsessed with colour in my work, echoing the colours and patterns of the animal I have chosen to paint in bolder combinations in the background. I find the intensity of patch of pure pigment, cadmium orange next to deep purple in a tiger’s coat, for example, is far more interesting than a faithfully lifelike representation of colour.

3 things you may not know about Catherine;

a) She’s tri-lingual. Quadrilingual if you include ‘Doric’ (most don’t)

b) She lived on a boat for a large part of her childhood. Between Aberdeen and Fiji.

c) She can do mirror-writing. Yes, like Leonardo Da Vinci – it’s a left-hander thing.


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