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Catherine Walls

Artist Statement

Nature. Psychedelia. Memories. Conscious vs. Subconscious. Dreams.
These are just a handful of the themes which are the stimuli behind my work. As a response to our natural desire for fantasy and escapism, they attempt to resuscitate a sense of naïve romantic wonder into our world.

I describe my current work as semi-abstract expressionism. I use a lot of spray paint as I enjoy the lack of control over the paint itself – the way it dribbles and runs and colours unintentionally merge together; it is a balance between intuition and intention, abstraction and figuration.

Since graduating from Loughborough University School of Art and Design with a Fine Art BA in 2006, I have continued to make and sell work.

Art Education

• M.A. Degree in Art Museum and Gallery Studies – University of Leicester.
o Current course of study

• B.A. Degree in Fine Art (Painting) - Loughborough University
High 2:1 Awarded

o Undertook critical and historical studies modules which involved being active in group seminar discussions and essay writing. Average grade = 69% (borderline 1st)

o Carried out a Fine Art Business and Entrepreneurial Practice module for which a group of four people and myself produced a full mock business plan and professional presentation for a commercial art gallery and café. As a group we achieved 67% for this module (2:1)

o Co-ordinated a group Gallery Practice module in which 6 people including myself arranged and presented a successful solo exhibition, for which we were awarded 72% (1st)

o Thoroughly researched and wrote a self-directed dissertation titled – “Expressions of the Inner Self: An Investigation in to the Plausibility of Automatism and Subconscious Creativity”. I achieved 70% (1st) for this module.

• BTEC Diploma – Foundation Studies (Art and Design) – Loughborough University. (2002-2003)
Merit awarded

o Achieved a Distinction for my final essay in which entailed comparing two pieces of Contemporary Fine Art

• School Results – Privately educated in Pontefract, West Yorkshire. (1998-2002)
Note: On entering school I was awarded an Art Scholarship

A-Level Fine Art – A awarded
GCSE Art & Design – A* awarded

Exhibitions and Publications

19th June - 26th June 2007
Group Exhibition: Intention of Causing, VIEW from the top Gallery, Nottingham.

2007 - 2008
Seawhite of Brighton Annual Catalogue – ‘Pure Pleasure Seeker’ image featured.

9th - 13th June 2006
Fine Art Degree Show, Loughborough University School of Art and Design.

9th - 15th February 2006
Solo Exhibition, Loughborough University School of Art and Design.

February – June 2006
Graffiti (see 2006 gallery) on public display at Loughborough University School of Art and Design.

2005 - Present
Public graffiti on display in Elland, Leeds. 40ft x 10ft.