Catherine Cassidy
Catherine Cassidy

Upcoming exhibition at Art2Muse Gallery 28 November – 11 December 2017



Artworks available to view in Sydney

Catherine Cassidy is one of fifty artists selected worldwide by Art Platform New York City for promotion both by exhibition and in print at Art Basel Miami in December 2016 and also at New York Art Expo in April 2017.


Educated at Melbourne’s RMIT and the National Art School Sydney, Catherine Cassidy holds a Master of Fine Arts in Painting (2011). She has lived and travelled in the UK, Spain, Europe, Los Angeles , New York and Japan. The artist’s work is represented in state and national awards and acquisitions. Catherine investigates the emotive power of colour and mark to re-present elemental, natural forces. This exploration takes her to many diverse and remote areas, including California’s Mojave Desert and Australia’s central deserts and arid regions. “I can never be sure that any of what I see out there in these places is real. So much of it is ephemeral and ruinous and weird. It is forming and re-forming all the time. The ravages of time are so visible and the uncertainty of form works well for abstraction. It seems you only have to sit and look and you’re half-way there. Painting is one way of holding it still long enough to find out what makes it tick.

‘underneath a plain thing’ Solo Exhibition at Art2Muse Gallery October 2015

This new body of work is a slight departure from my work of last year. It marks the beginning of an investigation into abstraction based less on plein-air work out in the field and more about memory and mark.

The landscape is an inescapable presence in all my work. For me it is the foundation of all form. However, I still love the idea of making worlds and things of my own devising and so these works have become an amalgam, a synthesis of what I see outside and what I see inside my head.

It doesn’t take much to trigger a new form or idea- maybe a fleeting glance down into a river valley, out the car window or perhaps just a remembered sheet of water on the sand at low tide.

So now I find myself in a whole new place where I can play with form and paint and recall. I can tell as many beautiful lies as I like and they can all come true on a canvas. The origin of the title of this exhibition is now lost to me. I have had it stuck up on my studio wall for a long time. The whole phrase is, ‘underneath a plain thing the green grows brightly’.

I’m not even sure what it means but it strikes a chord with me as I spend quite a bit of time in wild places where I see many plain and ordinary things from clouds to rivers to trees. The simplest and plainest things seem, to me, to be most loaded with meaning and magic. That may be just a shadow or a wedge of light between trees.
As far as my painting goes, this is where I look to find the simple strong forms of the world that I rely on. They hold a magic and a whole other realm of possibility within and beneath them just for the looking.

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RMIT-Graphic Design Melbourne
Associate Diploma Fine Art Kogarah TAFE
2010 Master of Fine Art –Painting The National Art School Sydney

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Art2Muse Gallery Sydney ‘Underneath a Plain Thing’
2014 Art2Muse Gallery Sydney ‘Paintings from the Gulf’
2014 Chapter House Lane Gallery Melbourne ‘Calling’
2012 Ann Snell Gallery Sydney‘New Work’
2010 National Art School Project Space ‘Far’
2007 Sara Roney Gallery Sydney ‘Westworld-Paintings from Lake Mungo’
2006 Sara Roney Gallery Sydney ‘South Coast Paintings’
2006 Sara Roney Gallery Sydney ‘Finke River Series’
2005 ArtSydney Independent Artists Showcase ‘New Paintings’
2001 Hazelhurst Regional Gallery ‘South-Paintings and Drawings’

Group Exhibitions

2015 Paddington Art Prize for Landscape Sydney
2015 Art and the Land Kogarah Cultural Centre
2015 Kogarah Art Prize Kogarah Cultural Centre
2014 National Works on Paper Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
2014 Mosman Art Prize Mosman Art Gallery
2013 Low Relief Damien Minton Gallery Sydney
2013 Depot 2 Danks Street Sydney Story Factory
2012 Mosman Art Prize Mosman Art Gallery
2012 Mary Place Gallery Sydney Lake Eyre and Beyond
2012 Ann Snell Gallery Sydney Australian Contemporary Artists
2010 Paddington Art Prize for Landscape Painting Sydney
2010 NSW Parliament House Plein-Air Painting Prize
2009 NSW Parliament House Plein-Air Painting Prize
2007 Hazelhurst Regional Gallery Mungo: Interpreting Land
2006 Portia Geach Portrait Award S.H.Ervin Gallery Sydney
2005 Sara Roney Gallery Paddington Selected Artists
2005 Hazelhurst Regional Gallery Southern Exposure IV
2004 Portia Geach Portrait Award S.H.Ervin Gallery Sydney
2001 Hazelhurst Reginal Gallery Southern Exposure 1
2000 Portia Geach Portrait Award S.H.Ervin Gallery Sydney
1999 Art Gallery of New South Wales Dobell Drawing Prize

Collections & Awards

2015 Paddington Art Prize Sofala Residency
2014 Collection of Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
2014 Collection of Westfield

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