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"From the blazing white salt crust of Lake Eyre to the Ice Age memories held in the dark glacial ponds of Central Tasmania, this country is marked by its ability to carry and display the fractured memories of water.

They are in the traces and patterns in dry creek beds and claypans, in rivers that are sometimes visible, sometime fugitive, flowing in secret passages deep underground, in ephemeral lakes marked on maps by dotted lines as if wary of confirming their intermittent existence.

My concerns as an artist are to find ways into this topsy-turvy world, this abbreviated and often interrupted flow of energy."


Catherine Cassidy July 2021


“ Cassidy is concerned simultaneously with the intimate and panoramic aspects of the landscape.

 Her ‘ perspectives’ are not those of the established Western canon but rather constantly changing as she moves through the landscape.

This results in images in which multiple viewpoints are the norm and natural motifs are aesthetically and emotionally analysed, synthesized and sometimes broken down to the extent that their original identity is purposefully dismantled. All of this is clothed in the veils of memory that are integral to Cassidy’s associative approach to her art.

She filters her reactions to, and experience of place, both in front  of the motif and later in the studio.

Singular identity is not her aesthetic or conceptual concern but rather she is interested in how objects in the landscape itself are in a constant state of becoming and in this state evoke each other and other elements of the landscape. For her a tree may well be a tree but it holds within itself concurrent possibilities for other visual readings.

The constant presence of this innate ambiguity imbues a finely-tuned aesthetic tension into Cassidy’s images.”

Peter Haynes  Art Critic Canberra Times March 2021



2010 Master of Fine Art Painting, National Art School Sydney.

Selected Recent Solo Exhibitions:

2021   L O V E  B O M B  Grainger Gallery Canberra

2020  Clouds and Stones and Stars  Michael Reid Gallery Murrurundi

2020  Going Down South  WorkLife Organisation Kiama

2019   Little Big World  AK Bellinger Gallery @project90gallery Sydney

2019   Plastique  Dungog Contemporary Dungog

2017   Miao Miao  Art2Muse Gallery Sydney

2016   SuperNatural  Art2Muse Gallery Sydney

2016   Deep Field Crawford Gallery Sydney

2015   Underneath a Plain Thing  Art2Muse Gallery Sydney

2014   Calling  Chapter House Gallery Melbourne

Selected Group Exhibtions:

2021   Selected Artists Studio Gallery Melbourne

2020  Country Meets Town  Michael Reid Gallery Murrurundi / Woollahra

2019   Modern Love  AK Bellinger Gallery Inverell

2017   New Works  Catherine Cassidy and Louise Tuckwell  Walcha Gallery Walcha

2017   Subito Presto2 Progress Gallery Paris

2017   At Bull Bay  Bruny Island Residency Artists  Despard Gallery Hobart

2015  The Kangaroos Visit   Galeria Giulia Rome

Selected Finalist Art Prizes:

2019/18/17/16/15/10   Paddington Art Prize for Landscape   Sydney

2015/14/   Art and The Land  Kogarah Art Prize   Kogarah Cultural Centre

2014  National Works on Paper  Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

2014/12  Mosman Art Prize  Mosman Art Gallery

2010/09  NSW Parliament House Plein-Air Painting Prize   Parliament House Sydney

2007/06/05/01 Southern Exposure    Hazelhurst Regional Gallery Gymea

2006/04/00 Portia Geach Portrait Award   S.H.Ervin Gallery Sydney

1999  Dobell Drawing Prize   Art Gallery of New South Wales

Awards, Acquisitions:

2017/16  The Artist Retreat Prize  Paddington Art Prize

2014  NWOP Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery Permanent Collection

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