Bio Statement + CV
Catherine J. Richardson MFA

Bio

Catherine grew up near the Moors and Dales of northern England and attended Art College near London for her BFA.

Moving between California and South England challenges her sense of belonging yet serves as a portal into the greater human experience.
Referencing history, particulars of place and time become her poetic layering of imagery. Her paintings juxtapose influences gleaned from being in the untamed landscapes of California, Peru, England, Ireland, France and Iceland.

After graduating with an MFA from John F Kennedy University, Berkeley Annex, Ca., Catherine was grantee of the Sonoma County Emerging Artist Award.

In 2018 her work won her a First Prize award from “Visions Of Science” exhibition at Bath Edge Arts, University Of Bath, England.


“Everything is always very fortuitous, that’s why I believe in contingency and chance. Things happen because they happen, and they seem to be more important later. It is very interesting to look at all those art historians and how they attribute everything to a deliberate act. It’s not like that—artists aren’t like that.”

Tacita Dean


Statement

The upper mantle of the earth’s crust holds my attention; especially the northern latitudes, Arctic circle and the mystery of the ice sheets and what is happening to them during climates changing. Those landscapes and landforms are a constant topic in my work. I am a humble element in my connection to the greater force of nature.

Works become cartography of inquiry into geomorphology, landforms and history

Paintings juxtapose abstract shapes suggesting rock formations and extreme vistas with detailed imaginary textures derived from mixing materials and observing natural phenomena. Effects in the work are often gleaned from observing natural phenomena while out walking/hiking rural untamed vistas.

More recently a residency in 2017 at Laugarvatn, Iceland and exploration of the North Island in 2018 extended my practice into other areas of land appreciation such as historic use, mining, volcanic and glacier activity.

I work in varying scale and choose to explore and play with materials; detailed drawing to large gestures that might convey planetary curvature. Allowing concoctions of mediums to build textural surfaces on paper and/or panels suggests topographical and underground terrain. Using elements from the environment; rainwater, earth, pond-scum, plant material, I pursue surface effects using natural processes as a guide. Viewing the works, one can detect ice patterns, wood grain, evaporation lines, maps, decay and scraping.

 On a philosophical note, I am fascinated by the desire to explore, extract, appreciate and steward the beauty of nature on the one hand or the flip side of human nature to destruct through greed and covetousness of earth’s reserves. I am interested in the navigation between our those tendencies and qualities.

As I work I think of peoples displaced, an overarching longing that is suffered as populations move around the planet; as land is destroyed through war, climatic catastrophes or stolen for extraction of resources. Alongside awe and wonder at the nature, the thoughts are expressed through mark making with paint, drawing, and mixed medium”.

 

 

Education

2013 Natural Pigments Co. study in Best painting practices.
2011 Newlyn School, Cornwall, UK; studies for practicing artists
2005 M.F.A. department of arts and consciousness, John f. Kennedy University, Berkeley, CA.
Previous Mono printing intensive, Aurobora Press S.F. CA.
Bronze casting, Sonoma State University, Cotati, CA.
Mono-type, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA.
Graphic design studies, University California, Berkeley,.
Revere Academy of Goldsmithing, San francisco, CA.
B.F.A. Metal sculpture and silversmithing. Surrey Institute of Art and Design, South West London, England
Apprentice to Jacqueline Mina, British, award winning goldsmith, Twickenham, London.
Annual Award Fellowship from Surrey Institute of Art and Design, S.W. London, England.
 

Grants/Awards

Visions Of Science, First Prize from The Edge Arts, Bath University, Bath, England.
Sonoma Art Award for emerging Artist. Grant from the James Irvine
Foundation. Jurors; Tara McDowell, Curatorial Associate, Painting & Sculpture, San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art; Joe del Pesco, Nelson Gallery, CA.
U.C. Davis; Karen Tsujimoto, Senior Curator, Art Department, The Oakland Museum, CA.
Fellowship from Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Surrey, England.
Nominee for the 2008-10 Eureka Fellowship Program, for Visual Artists, Fleishhacker
Foundation.
Art for Living, Sebastopol Centre for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA. Merit award.

Residencies

2019 Cill Rialaig Art Centre, SE Ireland

2017 Gullkistan Creative Centre, Laugarvatn, Iceland
2014 Lucid Art Foundation, Inverness, CA
2011-12 Doug Adams gallery, Bade Museum, Berkeley, CA.
2003 Kala institute, Heinze St. Berkeley CA.

Solo Shows

2016  Santa Rosa City Hall, Council Chambers, Santa Rosa, CA.
2015  Gro Gallery, Pt Reyes Station, CA.
2015  SFMOMA Artists Gallery, Ft Mason, San Francisco, CA.
2012  Doug Adams gallery, Bade Museum Berkeley, CA.
2011   Lucid Art Foundation, Ions Institute for Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, CA.
Hammerfriar Gallery, Healdsburg, CA.
2009 Jerry Adams Gallery, Berkeley City College, Berkeley, CA. curator Jenny Braman
2008  Herold Mehoney Library, Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma Campus, CA.
2007  Homeland Obscurity Float Gallery, Oakland, CA.
Agents of Dissolve, Quick silver Gallery, Forestville, CA.
2005 M.F.A. graduate show. Marsh Road Project; Arts & Consciousness Gallery, JFKU. Berkeley Annex, Berkeley CA.

Selected Group Shows

2018 Visions Of Science, The Edge Arts, University of Bath, England

13 Years, Hammerfriar Gallery, Healdsburg, CA.

2017 MarinMOCA, Novato, CA. Juror, Catharine Clark of Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA. (honourable Mention)

Ice House Gallery, group show, Petaluma, CA.
2016 Petaluma Art Centre, "Zeitgist", a juried show.
Paul Mahder Gallery, Healdsburg, CA.
2015 Gro Gallery, Pt Reyes Station, CA. (Residency Show from Lucid Art Foundation.)
2014 Ice House Gallery, Petaluma, CA.
Hammerfriar Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
Petaluma Arts Centre, Petaluma, CA
Gro Gallery, Pt Reyes Station, CA.
2013 Hammerfriar Gallery, Healdsburg, CA.
SFMOMA Artists Gallery, Ft Mason, San Francisco, CA
2012 Bucca Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall, UK
Hammerfriar, Healdsburg, Ca. Autumn group show of represented artists.
Petaluma Art Centre, Petaluma Ca. invitational.
2011 Berkeley City College, Berkeley Ca. Digital Art, 4-person show.
Thoreau Centre, (2 person show) San Francisco, CA.
Gala Show, Hammerfriar Gallery, Healdsburg, CA.
Land of Magic, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA.
2010 Rawness of Real, Dell Pryor Gallery, Detroit, MI.
Transformative Experience, Art at The Oakbook, Jack London Sq. Oakland CA.
Beyond Digital, Petaluma Center for the Arts, Petaluma CA.
Art From The Heart, Sonoma State University Art Gallery, Cotati CA.
Muse/Reuse, Doug Adams gallery, Bade` Museum, Berkeley CA.
2009 Essensual Exchanges, ArtSpace 404, Santa Rosa, CA.
Usnea, YWCA, Berkeley, CA.
Bioneers Conferrence, Marin, CA
2008 World of Concrete Convention; invited artist. Las Vegas Convention Cnt. Las Vegas NV.
2007 Hammerfriar Gallery, Healdsburg, CA.
Finley Community Centre, Santa Rosa, CA.
2006 Emerging Artists Exhibit. Arts Council of Sonoma County Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA.
Annual juried show. G.R.O. Gallery Route one, Pt. Reyes CA.
California Current, Ultra Marine. G.R.O. Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes, CA
Arts and Conscious Gallery,John F. Kennedy University, Berkeley, CA.
2004 Overland To Unfamiliar Territory, Hallway project, John F. Kennedy University,Berkeley, CA.
2003 MiniArt Exchange, Gomboc Gallery, Perth, Australia. Curator, Judith McGrath
Reconcilable Differences, Jersey Galleries;, Osterly Park House, London, England.

Selected Bibliography

Visions Of Science article in November Issue of Interalia on-line Magazine

West Marin Review, volume 17, 2016
Sarah Lawrence College; Lumina, publication of Art & literature, volume xv, Spring 2016 edition.
featured paintings. East Bay Express, June issue, 2012 Dewitt Cheng.
North Bay Bohemian, CA. May 7-14 issue, 2011
East Bay Express, CA. June 30th 2010.
North Bay Bohemian, CA. November 4-10 issue 2009.
96 Hours, San Francisco Chronicle, CA. Aug 16th 2007 Stephanie Laemoa.
Artweek, November issue #9 2006. New USA Grants. Palo Alto CA.
Emerging Artists award catalogue. Sonoma Cultural Arts, CA. funded by the James Irvin
Foundation.
North Bay Bohemian, CA.February, Critic?s Choice?, author, Gretchen Giles.
Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, CA July, Emerging Artist Awardees.

Related Experience

Volunteer at Spike Island Gallery and RWA, Bristol, England

Offers workshops on Materials and Techniques.
Hired to work on mural restoration of Coit Tower, San Francisco, CA.
Leading a workshop on "Essensual Exchange" plant dyes in collaboration with artist Sasha Duer
Three times Lecturer to student body at Berkeley City College, Berkeley CA.
Adjunct faculty, Art Dept. Santa Rosa Junior college, Santa Rosa Campus, CA.
Valley Ford Studios, Valley Ford, CA. Instruction and mentoring in metal arts.
Sebastopol Centre for the Arts, CA. Metal Arts/Jewelry instruction. Mixed level.
Arts Benicia Education Program, Benicia, CA. Beginners workshops on metal arts.
Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA. Workshop on metal arts and mono types.

Collections

Kerwin & Associates, Menlo Park, California.
Imagery Collection belonging to Sonoma State University, Cotati, California
Hall collection, Mauii, Hawaii
Laura Chanel Goat Cheese Co. Sonoma, California.
Jill Plamann of Hammerfriar Gallery, Healdsburg, California.
Tom Lewis Restoration Co. San Francisco, California

Copland/Dreyer, Sonoma, California

Ecker & Mackie Santa Rosa, California.

Bath University, Bath England.