Artist member since 2020
Jordon , Ontario
Catharine Somerville lives outside of Toronto, Canada. She completed her post graduate diploma in 2009 at West Dean College and Sussex University, UK after studying the humanities at The Open University 2000-2005.
Catharine’s numerous awards include the Gryphon Theatre Prize for her work, "Iceberg" In 1975. In 2008, after living 6 weeks and painting in Edward James's garden, Las Pozas, Mexico, she won 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.
ARTIST STATEMENT “My work represents the earthly tremor of events around me and is a reflection, not necessarily political as in the Bolshevik model, but as an inescapable truth that might take on political implications”. It is my intention to strive to create the magic of the landscape as a metaphor for human thought.
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’”.
Catharine Somerville http://Instagram.com/catharinesomervillewilson_art
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