Catherine Hickson
Catherine Hickson

Catherine Hickson is a still life oil painter with studios in North Bondi and the Hunter Valley. She has been exhibiting since 2005 and has been a finalist in the Paddington art prize and the Waverley Woollahra Art Prize.

Catherine has been engaged by still life painting for many years and she is interested in the physical and collective nature of objects. Her compositions allow her to investigate objects and their relationships to each other on the picture plane. Forms including glass bottles, fruit, bowls, mugs and vases in muted pastel tones with pops of yellow, blue and green, captivate the viewer and allow us to pause, observe and feel.

“For me, still life painting supports a strong desire to capture stillness. In a world saturated by visual information and speed, simplicity, space and stillness are important to me. My paintings are sort of mediation on composition, form and stillness. Sometimes the objects I chose have significant meaning, other times they are chosen simply to make sense of a composition. I like to think they operate not only on an aesthetic plane, but also create a sense of calm, elegance and quietness.

“My palette changes with my feelings and my surroundings…sometimes contemplative, at other times bold. My process always begins with sketches and detailed tonal drawings before I begin to paint. After some time, I move into a creative flow where I abandon all my ideas and outcomes and just simply respond to what is going on in the painting.” – Catherine Hickson, 2018

 

Education
2014    Master of Art History / Museum Studies, University of Sydney
2001- 2004 Oil Painting, Charlie Sheard Studio School, Sydney
1999    Drawing, National Art School
1999    Diploma of Languages French, University of Sydney
1998    Diploma of Education with LOTE, University of New England
1985    Diploma Graphic Design, School Visual Arts, Sydney
1981    BA Communications, University of Technology, Sydney

Exhibitions

2018 “Still Life: Shifting Perspective” Art2Muse Gallery
2017 “The Paris Paintings” Michael Reid Murrurundi
2016 “The Brunswick Drawings” Michael Reid Murrurundi
2016 “Landlines”, Curve Gallery, Newcastle, group show
2016 “Still Life”, Michael Reid Murrurundi, solo
2015 Recent work, Michael Reid Murrurundi, solo
2015 “Catching Colour II”, Michael Reid Murrurundi, solo show
2014 “Catching Colour I” Michael Reid Murrurundi, solo show
2012 Recent Work, Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Sydney, solo show
2011 My sister’s garden, Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Sydney, solo show
2009 Still Life, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney, solo show
2008 Recent Work, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney, solo show
2006 Paddington Contemporary Gallery, Sydney, solo
2005 Paddington Contemporary Gallery, Sydney, solo

Awards
2017 Finalist 9×5 Landscape Prize Waverley Woollahra Art School
2016 Finalist Waverley Woollahra Art Prize
2009 Finalist Paddington Landscape Prize
2004 Finalist Waverley Woollahra Art Prize

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