"The Artist's Task is to Save the Soul"
The Artist Studio
Live Creative. Live Free.
At the heart of Kati Kaia is our hand-painted exclusive artworks. Each painting is created by our founder, Kati in our art shed, nestled in the Surrey Hills, England. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), The Surrey Hills is a nationally protected landscape in the UK, embracing an amazing variety of countryside, from the rolling chalk downs to acid heaths and ancient woodlands of the Greensand Hills that rise to form the highest point in south east England. Tapping into the powerful source of nature as a key inspiration throughout her work and reflecting the energy surrounding this most beautiful area, the human fire energy within and the simplicity of mark-making into her abstract expressionist style.
This area of The Surrey Hills holds the most important sites for Yew Trees in the whole of the UK, the ancient trees date back at least 1,000 years and some are thought to be 5,000 years old. Yew trees are deeply entwined in mythology and folklore of ancient Britain. They are some of the oldest living species in Europe and native to the area. Yews have a deep-rooted history and sacred ties as you walk through these woodlands you can feel the energy and power of the roots, especially where they are grow together like they do in the Surrey Hills, it is highly unusual for them to grow in the wild like this. Many Druids and Pagans visit this area and it's famous tree habitats.
We openly share the creative process, time, hand-work and craftsmanship that goes into the evolution of each design, which makes our pieces so special. Our artworks are created over many months, painting and re-working layer upon layer of paint to create the story, musing or connecting to energy chakras for colour work. These large oil paintings are then scanned on a flat-bed scanner at our fine art digitaliser, where they are worked upon further, enhancing the colour story and getting the positioning of each section just right, so you can't wait to step on the mat!
Walking through nature trails behind the historial West Horsley Place, dating from the Saxon Age, our artist studio is nestled between the fields to the back of the Opera House and Hatchlands Park, a stunning National Trust ancient parkland.
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
Layering up mark-making textures of oil paints onto large canvases and scraping them back to create energy stories, creating large fields of colour that envelope the beholder.
Kati moves across the canvas dancing the palette knife and building stories that reflect the innate creativity within and by switching off from the modern world, is able to speak and move the soul, using colour alone.
The artist's task is to save the soul of mankind; and anything less is a dithering while Rome burns...
"Purple the colour of transcendence, a colour of healing, soothing headaches and inspiring connection to the higher realms and higher self. Colour therapy is such an interesting part of being an artist and working with colour to impact mood, change your energy and channel vibrations are topics close to my heart."
Colour and movement has been an obsession for some time, using colour and shape to interpret musings, feelings, meditations and looking at how tones of colours work together or jar with each other to impact our mood. The profound emotional escape and expression felt through painting is transferred to canvas.
Story telling is an important part of the process, from ancient mythology to the current happenings of the modern world, which is counter-balanced by the juxtaposition with human emotion, love and the profound beauty found in the sanctuary of nature.
COLOUR AS THERAPY
The removal of technology, noise and the constant stream of media, stripping imagery back to the beginnings of colour and the beauty alone in that, is something we will be exploring for some time to come. Intrigued by the effect this has on our own practise of yoga, pilates and training with the enhancement of colour. Looking at the effect colour has to play on the mind, our mood and our children, we want to address the imbalance in our lives by saturating ourselves in the colours we need to bring about positive change... you can read more about colour, art and yoga as therapy here.
Curate Your Own Colour and Artistry Space
Our limited edition prints are printed on archive quality fine art paper, signed by Kati. Each one is hand finished with gilding that catches the light beautifully, you can frame in your own style and bring elements and colour therapy into your home space.
Our Art Shed
Supporting independent creatives and artists work is so important, especially in Surrey. The affluence of the area is driving creatives out and with it the beauty of story-telling, expression and culture we all love. We are working to stand up for artists in the local area and beyond. To share opportunities and create a more inclusive art world.
If it wasn't for the generosity of the owner of our art shed, product photographer and other dear creative friends, Kati Kaia would not have got off the ground.
We often highlight work of minority artists, photographers and creatives on our socials and community. We would love to feature your work and story - lets raise each other up!
Because of the artists, who are self-selected, for being able to journey into the Other, if the artists cannot find the way, then the way cannot be found.
Private Work & Commisions
Kati still shows her work in exhibitions and with Saatchi Art. She works with private clients on creating special pieces for their homes, creative projects, retreats and studios.
Get in touch with your special project.