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CathArine Somerville

Artist member since 2020
Jordan Station, Ontario

CathArine Somerville CathArine was born in Toronto and has studios in both the UK and Canada. In 2009 she completed her postgraduate studies at West Dean College and Sussex University. She paints mainly in watercolour and oil but uses mixed media to enhance a work Awards include the "Gryphon Theatre" Prize for her work, "Iceberg" and the coveted Chairman’s Prize at West Dean College, for her series and book, "Las Pozas".  Somerville’s acclaimed work can be found internationally in public, private and corporate collections. She is represented by Colborne Street Gallery, Jordan Village Gallery, Gallery 1313, Partial Gallery , Artscapes Gallery and is a member of WAAC (Women's Art Association Canada), ASK, Arts and Letters Club, Artscapes and Artel and Gallery 1313.

ARTIST STATEMENT My Intention is to create a moment. A brief meaningful moment using paint. Nature during the pandemic seems to be more beautiful, finite and alive, similar to a burst of light from a candle before the flame is extinguished. From microbes to whales, every life is connected in a complex and fragile network. There seem to be endless discoveries about my life and my relationship with the natural world. Painting is the way I express my angst, appreciation and love.

Catharine radically pivots her art language to meet the demands of new images and concerns. With practiced dexterity her work leaps through a range of different options available.

Likewise to J. W.M .Turner, Emily Carr and Ivon Hitchens, landscape has served as a source of inspiration and exploration proving to be a deep well of creative stimulus.

While Catharine has a firm studio practice, she equally paints "en plein air" gathering information by traveling to remote areas such as Northwestern Ontario, the Arctic, Mexico and the UK.

As philosopher/artist, Dr. Ed Winters writes “Only through art can we see ourselves as belonging in a world in which these imaginary empathies tell ‘truths’ about our condition. Being called to paint is a form of witness. The observation of an artist like Catharine, calls upon a developed sensitivity. Being imaginary, it develops a view onto the world. This, I am sure, is what is historically meant by an ‘artist’s vision’”.

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Q+A

Everyone should know about

how to break rules and live freely

Describe your home in 3 words

remote, extravagant space , peaceful

Only thing you need when you leave the house

my phone

Favourite book

Le Petit Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

In a previous life I was (a) ...

butterfly I think or horse

Why is art important to you?

It is the balance of my life. It is where I go

Upcoming Exhibitions
2021-01-06

Gallery 1313 Toronto
Winter Emerging Artists

2021-03-01

Women's Art Association
New Members Show

Select Past Exhibitions
2020

Jordan Art Gallery
Spotlight-Catharine Somerville

2020

Colborne Street Gallery
Close and Far

2020

Colborne Street Gallery
Winter Exhibition

2019

Petworth West Sussex
Montcrieff-Bray Summer Exhibition

2019

Fenelon Falls
Holiday Art Market

2019

Chichester
Fragmented

Accolades
2008

Edward James Foundation
Chairman’s Prize

Press
2020

Mosaic Magazine-King Weekly Sentinel
Artists rewarded by ASK's King's Autumn Reflections

2020

Sentinel
Spotlight on ASK Artist-catharine Somerville

Residencies
2007

Xilitla Mexico
6 weeks at Las Pozas

2010

Toronto
3 mos Artscape - Gibraltar Point Toronto Island

2008

Honey Harbour
3 mos at Brydson Cottage

Education
2007

West Dean College/ Sussex University
Graduate Diploma

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