Helen McCullagh

Catherine Cassidy



Over the last 12 mths I have been travelling and working along the Finke River in
the Central Desert NT and along the south coast of NSW. Both place s are veryfamiliar. The plein-air works and the things I see make indelible impressions on me but
once I get back into the studio then the conversion into more oblique painterly
imagery begins.
It is the feeling of place I am most interested in, I am not so crazy about the beauty of paint, its seductiveness. Beauty is another whole debate but generally for me it’s the enemy, a surface thing, a very shallow thing.
Sometimes it’s the most awkward, tough parts of a picture that are the most telling. Sometimes the overworked or angry bits, the half-erased, the crude accidents, they are the parts that have escaped my thinking, they are the parts I don’t know, that carry themselves away from me.


I love knitting all the possibilities together, to get near the thing, to have it suddenly take me by
surprise. Without the surprise element, that thing that’s unknown to me even after I’ve made it, I get a bit restless and dissatisfied. I think painting makes this demand of you –‘ Give me something new, something
not on this earth before. Don’t tell me what I am, tell me what I might be.’
It’s a big call but I can’t resist it.
I never quite know what will pop up as a signifier of a certain place. It might be the slightest thing that can be a touchstone within the image, a shadow of a memory, a distant subtle dislocation of form. These tiny shifts and alliances are so important to me, that and keeping it looking accidental, a product of bypass, which of course is impossible. In the end everything comes down to invention, how far you can push that image
without it falling over the edge and losing its communicative force.

First Birds
First Birds

122 x 122 cm Acrylic, enamel and oil stick on polyester. $3500

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Storm Tathra
Storm Tathra

70 x 65 cm Acrylic, enamel, oil stick on birch panel. $1100

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Catherine Cassidy

Education : Master of Fine Art, Painting. National Art School.

Solo Exhibitions:

2019 DUNGOG Dungog Contemporary PLASTIQUE
2017 SYDNEY Art2 Muse Gallery miao miao
2016 SYDNEY Crawford Gallery Deep Field
2015 SYDNEY Art2Muse Gallery Underneath a Plain Thing
2014 SYDNEY Art2Muse Gallery Supernatural
2014 MELBOURNE Chapter House Lane Gallery Calling
2012 SYDNEY Ann Snell Gallery New Work
2010 SYDNEY National Art School Masters Exhibition FAR

Group Exhibitions:

2019 INVERELL AK Bellinger Gallery Modern Love
2017 PARIS Progress Gallery Subito Presto2
2017 WALCHA Walcha Gallery New Works
2017 HOBART Despard Gallery Bruny Island Residency Artists At Bull Bay
2017 SYDNEY Paddington Art Prize
2016 SYDNEY Paddington Art Prize
2015 SYDNEY Paddington Art Prize
2015 ROME Galeria Giulia The Kangaroos Visit
2015 KOGARAH Kogarah Art Prize
2014 KOGARAH Kogarah Art Prize
2014 VICTORIA Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery National Works on Paper
2014 MOSMAN Mosman Art Gallery Mosman Art Prize
2012 MOSMAN Mosman Art Gallery Mosman Art Prize
2010 SYDNEY Paddington Art Prize
2010/09 SYDNEY NSW Parliament House Plein-Air Prize
2007/06/05/01 GYMEA Hazelhurst Regional Gallery Southern Exposure
2006/04/00 SYDNEY S.H.Ervin Gallery Portia Geach Portrait Award
1999 AGNSW Dobell Drawing Prize


2017/16 Artists Retreat Prize Paddington Art Prize, 2014 Permanent collection
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.