Kathryn Bemrose trained at Ontario College of Art and Art’s Sake from 1973 to 1979, under noted Toronto painters Gordon Rayner, David Bolduc, Robert Markle, Dennis Burton and Robert Hedrick.
From 1982 to 1986 she lived in Algonquin Park but returned to Toronto after receiving a Canada Council grant.
Since then she has exhibited in many private and public galleries. Bemrose was represented for six years by Christopher Cutts Gallery, one of the top Toronto galleries, where she had a ‘sell-out’ exhibition. She was featured there in a Two-Person show alongside the work of Tom Hodgson (Hodgeson & Bemrose Sneak Preview 1991).
Bemrose was also featured alongside Ray Mead at public galleries Robert McLaughlin Gallery and Frederick Horseman Varley Museum (Paint and Ink: The Tools of Kathryn Bemrose and Ray Mead 2001-2). Mead and Hodgson are both members of the Painters Eleven.
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery presented a retrospective of Bemrose’s work titled “Ten Years” (1999). After this she had a large solo show called “Restraining Order” at the Art Gallery of Mississauga (2002). She was inducted into the Royal Academy of Canadian Art (R.C.A.) in 2003.
Bemrose also guest-curated ‘Now Now’ Five Generations of Artists exhibition (2006), which was reviewed by Globe and Mail critic, Gary Michael Dault. Her work has received critical attention often and her paintings are in several private and corporate collections.
Kathryn Bemrose paintings are referenced in the secondary art market.