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Portrait of a woman with dark hair resting her head on her chin, looking to the left. The portrait is painted in mostly blue and grey tones.

Pallant House Gallery acquires new work by contemporary artist Kaye Donachie

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We are delighted to announce that Kaye Donachie’s Monotonous Remorse (2019) has entered the Pallant House Gallery collection with the support of the Contemporary Art Society.

Kaye Donachie’s modest-size figurative paintings primarily refer to literature, biography and archival imagery, with a strong interest in early 20th century avant-garde women who contributed to art and culture, but remain marginalised figures in history. For the artist these women have a clear sense of identity, represented through their writing and art and as muses.

Donachie’s dreamlike paintings re-imagine modernist female protagonists, transcending their fierce ambition and dreams into the present. The artist does not aim to represent a realistic portrait, but rather aims to capture an emotive atmosphere through a considered use of colour, light and figural gesture, merging reality, unconscious and fiction.


Portrait of a woman with dark hair resting her head on her chin, looking to the left. The portrait is painted in mostly blue and grey tones.

Kaye Donachie, Monotonous Remorse, 2019, oil on linen, 80 x 56 cm, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (Purchased With Support of Contemporary Art Society, 2020) © Kaye Donachie, courtesy Maureen Paley

Monotonous Remorse was made in response to the writings and poems of Iris Tree (1897 – 1968), an English Avant-garde poet, actress and muse to the Bloomsbury group. The soft and hazy profile portrait of Tree who seems to be gazing in contemplative daydream, is painted in delicate shades of grey, blue and green, a colour palette that is distinct to Kaye Donachie.

Pallant House Gallery is aiming to strengthen the presence of female artists in our collections and exhibitions, especially where their works explore notions of identity, modernism, poetry and portraiture, which relate to our wider collections. We are delighted to acquire Kaye Donachie’s sensual portrait of an unconventional woman like Iris Tree with the support of the Contemporary Art Society’s museums acquisitions programme and generous individual donors.

Simon Martin, Director

Pallant House Gallery has an important collection of Modern British art and recently staged Radical Woman: Jessica Dismorr and her Contemporaries (2019/20), an exhibition telling the story of a group of early-20th-century female artists in Britain who engaged in progressive art, literature and politics.

Kaye Donachie (b. 1970, Glasgow) lives and works in London. She has a forthcoming solo exhibition St Carthage Hall, Lismore Castle Arts, County Waterford, Ireland (dates to be confirmed). Recent solo-exhibitions include Yuka Tsuruno Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2019); Maureen Paley, London and Morena di Luna, Hove (2018). Recent group exhibitions include FRAC – Ile-de-France – Chateau Rentilly, Bussy-Saint-Georges, France (2019); Noire Gallery, Turin, Italy (2018) and Reading International, Reading (2017).