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Catherine Carolan
0451 155 122
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Hi, I’m a Brisbane based artist and Illustrator. Although I was born here in Queensland I spent several years in London where I studied art at Westminster University. Here I was able to explore different methods of working and I especially enjoyed screenprinting, overlaying colours and shapes and experimenting with different ways of mark-making. Ancient Egyptian art and the repeating patterns, shapes and figures from Greece and Mesopotamia made a big impression on my work. The British Museum was my second home!
Since returning to Australia with a young family I now find that acrylic paint is the quickest and most colourful way to express myself. I love to lose myself in the detail, bright colours, textures and patterns that I see repeated everywhere within the natural world and enjoy bringing my visions to life.
I grew up beside the beach, so the marine world with its bright corals, shells, plants and fish has always been an endless source of inspiration, as have my 3 children. When they were younger I painted lots of mermaids, fairies, goddesses and dragons and also illustrated a children’s book. I like to think I have kept that “faraway” fantasy element in my artwork and I find that painting gives me a wonderful opportunity to escape and explore.

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Education

BA (Hons)Illustration from University of Westminster, London

Exhibitions

Exhibitions:
Bramble Café, Sandgate - December /January 2016
Delicate/Emotive exhibition – Aspire Gallery, September 2016
Comforts of Home – Aspire Gallery, August 2016
Mythical Art Group Exhibition – Aspire Gallery, July 2016
Foot Square – Aspire Gallery June 2016
Regeneration – Aspire Gallery, Paddington, March 2016
Petite Pieces - Aspire Gallery, Paddington, February 2016
Portrait Prize – Artworld Studio Gallery, Norman Park, January 2016 - Commended
Expressions Art Show – Sandgate Town Hall, October 2015
Bluewater Arts Festival – Shorncliffe, April 2016
Lethbridge Small Scale Arts Award, April 2015 – Online finalist
Bluewater Arts Festival – Shorncliffe, April 2015
Moods, Myths and Mermaids – Artrageous Arts Gallery, Deagon 2013

Education:
BA Illustration, University of Westminster 1998

Illustration:
Children’s book Illustration, “Dragons in the Wind”- Koala Books, 2008

28cm (W) x 35.5cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$340
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