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Catherine Beale

Catherine has felt compelled to create personal portraits since school and began her professional artistic practice in Singapore in the 1990s. Fascinated with the challenge brought by our innate ability to detect the most subtle nuances in faces, she captures likeness in oils and watercolours, setting her subjects in dramatic one-directional light. Her exhibited portraits reference self-contained female subjects with a strong presence and this is helped by her choice of innovative surfaces such as ridged watercolour board and gessoed wooden panels. In 2013 Catherine’s oil portrait “The Butterfly House” won The Artist Editor’s Award at The Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition.

 

Catherine’s other passion is history and on arrival in Singapore, Catherine witnessed the demolition of swathes of intricate heritage buildings. Determined to document these before they disappeared, she developed a range of architectural studies which sold at exhibition and were printed for galleries, airports and hotels. Commissions followed, including a series of watercolours of the British High Commissioner’s Official Residence to mark it’s centenary, a painting of the former US Embassy building, The British Club and Reuters House, to name a few. Since her return to Bath, UK in 2006, she continues to capture portraits and the Regency City in her bright, tropical colour palette.

 

Catherine’s watercolour painting style has developed into a loose technique she calls “gravity painting”. Through this filter, her subjects have abstracted and merged in a controlled cascade of pigments. Incorporating minerals such as Hematite and Amethyst her paints merge and react to create her colour chemistry. She is a registered SAA tutor and enjoys teaching techniques across England and Wales to Art Societies, on weekend retreats and corporate away days.

 

Catherine Beale

Catherine has felt compelled to create personal portraits since school and began her professional artistic practice in Singapore in the 1990s. Fascinated with the challenge brought by our innate ability to detect the most subtle nuances in faces, she captures likeness in oils and watercolours, setting her subjects in dramatic one-directional light. Her exhibited portraits reference self-contained female subjects with a strong presence and this is helped by her choice of innovative surfaces such as ridged watercolour board and gessoed wooden panels. In 2013 Catherine’s oil portrait “The Butterfly House” won The Artist Editor’s Award at The Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition.

 

Catherine’s other passion is history and on arrival in Singapore, Catherine witnessed the demolition of swathes of intricate heritage buildings. Determined to document these before they disappeared, she developed a range of architectural studies which sold at exhibition and were printed for galleries, airports and hotels. Commissions followed, including a series of watercolours of the British High Commissioner’s Official Residence to mark it’s centenary, a painting of the former US Embassy building, The British Club and Reuters House, to name a few. Since her return to Bath, UK in 2006, she continues to capture portraits and the Regency City in her bright, tropical colour palette.

 

Catherine’s watercolour painting style has developed into a loose technique she calls “gravity painting”. Through this filter, her subjects have abstracted and merged in a controlled cascade of pigments. Incorporating minerals such as Hematite and Amethyst her paints merge and react to create her colour chemistry. She is a registered SAA tutor and enjoys teaching techniques across England and Wales to Art Societies, on weekend retreats and corporate away days.

 


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