CATHERINE ECKERSALL

ABOUT

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I am a Scottish artist, brought up in rural Stirlingshire. I studied Painting at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen, graduating with a BA(Hons) in 2020. During my time at university, I was a recipient of a Carnegie Trust Vacation Scholarship. This gave me the funding to undertake a research trip across Southern Iceland in 2019, where I explored the visual relationships between the folklore of the Icelandic people and their landscape.

 

Currently, I am based in Glasgow, developing my painting practice alongside my interest in the therapeutic benefits of art.

My current practice takes heavy inspiration from folklore, particularly myths and stories from Scotland and Ireland. I am fascinated by how imagery and superstition continues to influence how people see their surroundings, even as the landscape changes and develops with the modern world.  Through painting, I seek to depict the unseen landscape: human interpretations of natural surroundings composed of folklore, superstition and history. I use folktales to find the intimate connections between people and their environments, seeing their thoughts, feelings and circumstances reflected in the natural surroundings. 

 

Within my practice, I mainly work with oil paints as a medium, as I find it can capture the subtlety and textures of the natural world. However, I also utilise drawing, photography and collage within the research and development processes of my work. I tend to follow a process of distillation, selecting imagery from my research and narrowing these down to a series of symbols which create a narrative. The landscapes I create are exaggerated in form and colour, but ultimately carry a sense of familiarity.

CV

Education

2016 - 2020 Painting BA (Hons) Gray's School of Art Aberdeen

 

Grants & Awards 

2020 - Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporary 2021

2019 - Carnegie Trust Vacation Scholarship.

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

2021 - Gray's Paintings: A Reunion. Six Foot Gallery, Glasgow. 

2021 - A Tale of Tolbooth. Tolbooth Gallery, Stirling

2021 - The Graduates: Four Pillars. Tatha Gallery, Newport-on Tay.

2020 - Visual Arts Scotland Graduate Showcase. Online.

2020 - Gray's School of Art Virtual Degree Show. Online.

2020 – Gray's School of Art 4th Year Painting Exhibition. Edinburgh Palette, Edinburgh

2019 - 2nd and 3rd Year Painting. Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen

2019 – Sanctuary [within a sanctuary]. Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven

2018 - Smorg:ARTS:Bord. Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen

2018 - SNAP. LivECO Cafe, Ruthrieston Community Centre, Aberdeen

2018 - An Exhibition Yet to Be Titled. O.T. Bar & Projektraum,  Berlin

Publications

August 2020 - The Guardian.  https://www.theguardian.com/education/gallery/2020/aug/21/student-artists-exhibit-their-final-shows-online-in-pictures

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CONTACT ME
 

My work is represented online by NewBloodArt.

https://newbloodart.com/artist/catherine-eckersall
 

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