About Katia Hickmer Dacey – Head of Sales
Having completed four years training in prestigious art institution Central Saint Martins, Katia graduated with a degree in Fine Art. Over the last decade she has forged a successful career in art consultancy, managing galleries across the South East. Her adoration of art has seen her travel to study the renaissance and baroque periods for several months in cultural haven Italy, and has been additionally educated at Sotheby’s Institute in Art and Finance.
What do you do at Wyecliffe Galleries?
My role is centred around helping all our clients acquire the ideal work of art, no matter their brief or budget as well as advising on investment portfolios. My expertise is in placing key works in the family home or interior design project to elevate what is a great space, into an outstanding space. I work very closely with our artists, as often I will commission or source rare works specifically for our collectors to achieve the very best in collaboration with both. I absolutely love being on site, especially in the early stages of build or renovation and I feel it is a great way to get under the skin of what the client is trying to achieve with the display of the artwork as an integral feature in the architecture. Most recently I’ve found bespoke mirrors a great way to enhance the presentation of art to multiply light and help glimpse the paintings in different zones.
Which are your favourite artists?
I’m really glad that the question is for a plural answer, as I adore the variety of tone and technique in so many of our talented artists that I’m not sure if I could pick just one! The exceptional painterly quality in the abstract come floral works by Beatriz Elorza took my breath away the first time I saw them – such unusual colour accents, stunning mint greens punctuated with a jolt of bright orange make my heart skip a beat. I love the raw undertone of the unique post urban glamour work of Lhouette. The way he pushes the boundaries of material and form to innovate is game changing. For pure talent in oil paints and in ode to a long friendship, David Renshaw’s paintings are some of the most consistently brilliant I have ever seen – I’m not sure that man has ever had an ‘off’ day! But then I also adore the storytelling of Kerry Darlington, the hazy impressionism of Harry Brioche and the exceptional beauty of Robin Eckardt’s abstracts…I could go on for days...