Root Channel 15 August - 8 September, 2018

We are delighted to present Catherine Clayton-Smith's first solo exhibition in New Zealand. Raised in Christchurch, Catherine completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting at the National Art School in Sydney in 2014, where she has lived for the past eight years.

A kind of knowingness, a strange beauty and a sense of something not quite definably familiar pervades the five medium to large paintings presented in this exhibition. A confident assertion of painting's power, these constructed landscapes speak to life, to colour and the world we live in as suggestions, fragments and hints of things seen, experienced, felt.

Nature is prominent, weather patterns and earthquake forms surface; stillness and motion collide; colour jumps and surface components cohere to poetically open out a psychological space where, despite the unchanging canvas, meaning has mobility, response is felt and nothing is absolute.

Catherine is a finalist in the 2018 Sir John Sulman Prize currently exhibiting at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She has previously won the National Art School's Parkers Sydney Fine Art Painting Award, the Studio W Exhibition Prize, the Blank Canvas Award for Painting and the John Olsen Prize for Figure Drawing. Since graduating she has had four solo and numerous group exhibitions including Watching Windows at Te Uru in 2017, which was her first exhibition in New Zealand. Her with work has been acquired for public and private collections.

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Installation view 1
year: 2018