Catherine Van Giap - fish panel
Catherine Van Giap
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Lorenzo Gavarini
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Jill Crowther
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Shelly Perkins
William Smith
William Smith

Nick Holmes

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Who Was I Kidding?

Artificial Landscape

Gloria Wandrous

Le Faiseur De Pluie

Gulls Calling

Goldfish

Hotel

Art Kryptonite

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Telephone: 
01544388936
How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

You'll find references in my work to my teaching career, the films I enjoy, the music I listen to and all the artists whose work I've admired in getting to this point. You'll find the things I agree with and the things I dislike. I often include text in my paintings. Sometimes it's there to illuminate an intention, sometimes to confuse and question what a contemporary painting can be - I try to be serious and playful at the same time.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

I'm attempting to put my world onto canvas, to paint a portrait of the times I live in, while paying attention to those who have trodden this path before me.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I am a painter who likes to work on a generous scale, but with an eye to a domestic setting. My work is generally figurative, although I frequently work across genres. I have developed a parallel series of constructions which consist of separate panels which can be arranged in any order. I work in acrylic paint for its quick-drying properties.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

I work full-time in my studio at home. I undertake occasional commissions and demonstrations.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

NDD in Fine Art, Winchester (1961-65); PGCE, Goldsmiths University (1966-67); MA Film Studies Sheffield Hallam University (1984-5);
MA in Fine Art Manchester University (1993-4); MA in Fine Art Sunderland University (2002-3); Turps Banana correspondence course in painting (2023-24).
I have taught Art in the Secondary and latterly the Tertiary sector. I have exhibited in Edinburgh, Newcastle, London, Ludlow, Bromyard, Bristol and Hereford.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

2023: RWA Friends' Open Exhibition, Bristol
'Seeing Us', Chapel Gallery, Bromyard
2022: Herefordshire Open Exhibition, Courtyard
RWA Friends' Open Exhibition, Bristol
2021: Fresh Art, Cheltenham

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